Blackhawks’ Comeback Bid Comes Up Short Against Avs

After putting an eight-spot on the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday, the Blackhawks came home to face… the Colorado Avalanche.

They were going from racing go carts to chasing race cars…

And doing it without Jonathan Toews, who is in concussion protocol.

The first period was relatively pedestrian. Chicago out-shot Colorado 11-6 and had two power plays to the Avs’ one. Neither team scored, but the game was getting increasingly physical as the period came to a close.

Unfortunately, the second period wasn’t as kind to the Hawks.

Calvin de Haan went to the box in the opening seconds of the period and Colorado got on the board. Gabriel Landeskog scored the power play goal.

The game started to feel more and more like the Avs were starting to take complete control. It appeared that Alex Newhook scored on his 21st birthday, but the Hawks challenged that the play was offside. Video review proved the Blackhawks to be correct, and Newhook’s birthday goal was taken off the board.

About six minutes into the second, Brandon Hagel and JT Compher got into a scrap. The two exchanged pleasantries a few times before the gloves came off in front of the Hawks’ bench. Both players got a few shots in but we’d give the decision to Compher.

Compher was now one-third of his way to a Gordie Howe hat trick. He added a goal to the checklist at 16:04 into the second, a goal that stayed on the board and gave Colorado a 2-0 lead.

The Avs didn’t score again but controlled the second period thoroughly, aided by two power plays and a third — with Patrick Kane in the box — that only had nine seconds in the middle period. Colorado out-shot the Hawks 13-9 in the second.

With Kane in the box to start the third, the Avs took advantage again. For a second time, Landeskog scored on the advantage to make the score 3-0 at 1:16 into the third.

Then things went a little crazy for two minutes.

Hagel got the Blackhawks on the board 22 seconds after the Landeskog goal.

And then Kane, fresh out of the box, scored 40 seconds later to cut the Avalanche lead to just one.

The track meet we watched in Detroit decided to show up in the opening minutes of the third period. Could the Blackhawks erase the entire three-goal lead?


Newhook was denied a birthday goal in the second period, but he got one that stayed on the board 36 seconds after the Kane goal to give the Avs a two-goal lead once again.

The two teams combined to score four goals in less than 100 seconds.

After getting boat raced out of the barn in Denver earlier this week, the Blackhawks actually hung around in the third period. And, with six minutes left in regulation, a strong shift by Dylan Strome, Hagel and Kane ended with 88 scoring his second of the night.

Kane’s goal made the deficit just one again. The Blackhawks were out-shooting the Avs 16-5 when Kane scored, showing more pushback than they’ve had against Colorado this year. Strome picked up his second assist of the night.

The Hawks pulled Marc-André Fleury for an extra attacked with about 2:30 left and, of course, the Avs quickly found the back of the net. Mikko Rantanen made a nice pass between his legs to an open Nazem Kadri who made the deposit to make the score 5-3 Colorado. With the goal, Landeskog and Kadri each had a three-point night.

Deflating as that may have been, the Blackhawks weren’t done. Landeskog kicked a puck into his own net 33 seconds after Kadri’s goal to bring the Hawks back within one. Hagel was credited with the goal, giving him two on the night.

With 12 seconds left in the game, Cale Makar tried to clear the zone. It hit Erik Gustafsson’s stick and popped up in the air… coming down like a line drive in the net. The empty net goal closed the books for the night.

Final score: 6-4 Colorado.

The Blackhawks took the L in this one but their fight was impressive. The line of Hagel-Strome-Kane combined for 17 shots on net (10 from Kane). Hagel had two goals; Kane had two goals and one assist. Strome had two assists and won nine of 21 faceoffs.

Ryan Carpenter won 10 of 13 faceoffs; the Hawks won 53 percent as a team in the game.

Chicago was credited with 43 shots on net in the game — 23 in the third period. The Hawks were also credited with 22 blocked shots in the game, led by five from de Haan and four from Murphy.

Fleury stopped 21 of 25 shots he faced.

40 thoughts on “Blackhawks’ Comeback Bid Comes Up Short Against Avs

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Oupps ..first comment ..when it’s me it’s delete automatically…haha
    Anyway. A goal in the first minute and a second goal also on power play a few minutes later and the games is almost out of reach .
    Hagel again playing like Hagel .

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Really bad to always give a goal in the first minute and I think it hapend at least 8-10 times so far this year.
    Hate that.

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Certainly was an entertaing 3rd period, Strome making himself noticeable to other teams for sure. Hagel battling for the puck on draws not won clean playing a big part of his turnaround on his fo % though. Put Dach with Hagel, which i hope happens if Strome moved, you’ll see his fo numbers increase alot too.

    Game of 2’s, lost by 2, allowed Avs to score 2 pp goals and scored none thenselves, the difference in the game, Avs also got 2 even strength goals and 2 empty netters as well. Blackhawks out chanced them, out shot them and out high danger chanced them too. Out hit them, blocked more shots, and were a plus 2 on the takeaway/giveaway combined totals. Also outscored them by 2 goals(4-2) on 5 on 5 play. Again they beat themselves at the end of the day and good teams don’t do that. Kane looking like Kane again last couple of games is good to see.

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Did Entswhistle get hurt or something?? Played only 6 minutes. The more they play the vets and not the kids trying to win, the more I get the feeling the “intern” going to get the GM job. If anyone needs a good laugh, click on the Hawks official website and wait for the pop-up ad for the “Beer Pack”. What pops up?? An “inebriated” gal holding a beer. This is what this clown show has become.

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Hurry up and trade guys like Fleury, Strome, Kubalik, and deHaan before their value drops. The Hawks are the new Red Wings.

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    For that matter, BEG Kane to waive his NMC.

  • January 28, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Whatever they do with Strome it’s bound to be the wrong thing- either they trade him for too little and he goes on to have a good career or they keep him and give him too much $ and term

    If he continues this play a short term deal at $4.5 is not unrealistic or a first in return if they trade him

    I don’t have much faith in either option becoming reality

    PK has sucked for so long I expect them to lose the special teams battle and lose games because of it and so it was tonight

    Good effort but again so little puck movement from the back end it really hampers them and makes it hard not only to transition from D to O but just to get out of their zone

    Also Dach’s FOs are beyond bad – I can’t understand why a guy his size can’t generate more power and leverage – I’m his height maybe taller and played centre and was good on FOs – his FOs are just so weak – it’s mechanics but it shouldn’t be that hard to improve upon and he’s not improving

    This current team is a placeholder for the team post TDL – looking forward to seeing some young blood then but not looking forward to KD running the show which seems likely to be the case – we’ll see

  • January 29, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Tend to agree that the Hawks are kind of screwed no matter what they end up doing with Strome. But I am starting to think his value in a trade may be better next year than this year.

    Everything I am hearing suggests that next years draft is going to be stronger than this years. If that is the case, I would rather the Hawks try to get that first round pick in the next draft not this one.

    If, however, the Hawks could move him for prospects, depending on the quality of the prospect, I think moving him sooner could work. A team looking to get over the hump now may be talked out of a prospect that won’t be ready for a while.

    Personally, I think he has value as a placeholder until someone like Dach, Reichel et al show they are ready to play top six roles. But at what cost? If the Hawks decide to roll the dice and see if his value increases next season, what is the cutoff? A 4 mil caphit to me is the threshold. If Strome costs more than that, they should move from him now. If they can get him for no more than that, I think it would be worth the risk to hold on for one more year and see if they can flip him for something more next season.

  • January 29, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Miroslav- I agree On Strome. Up until recently he has been lacking FO and general intensity.

    But suddenly he has improved in both areas. He has always been a decent Offensive player.

    I don’t see Dach ever being # 1/2 C- he does NOT have the IT factor. I see Dach as a Buzz kill type of O player. Other than good effort and Hustle- I think he kills Offensive flow. OVER handles puck- to death.

    3rd line C- that stinks at FO

  • January 29, 2022 at 8:56 am

    At least Gustafson played well. Maybe his trade value has gone up.

  • January 29, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Gustafson – has great chemistry w/ Kane. Always has.

    Dach- continues to not score. Kinda hard when he has logged many minutes this year w either 88 or 12 on his lines or both.

    I want to like the kid- and he still is young. But kinda reminds me of Nylander or a Corey Patterson back in Cubs days… lot’s of tools- but weak in results.

  • January 29, 2022 at 10:07 am

    @TAB-once wrote “These guys are professional hockey players because they work hard.” You pretty much called them out for this: aka Lafferty rant. Yet you wrote “The Blackhawks took the L in this one but their fight was impressive.” How is this any different from hustling, working hard, and creating chances?
    Please explain how one can be negative and yet one seems to be positive yet they are the same thing?

  • January 29, 2022 at 11:19 am

    i think last night was a perfect example of hagel’s place in the lineup. the second goal was pure hagel. working as hard as he can. flailing away while on his back and finding a way to make a goal happen.

    in the last seconds of the game he had a wonderful chance to tie the game., but buried his shot in the goalie’s chest. he just wailed on the puck as hard as he could hoping it would go in or at least create a rebound. a top six winger would have scored there or sent the puck wide of the net or over the net in an attempt to put the puck in the open corners that were available. but hagel isn’t a shooter. he is a third line banger and likely will be a 45/50 point guy through his career because of how hard he plays. love the guy, but he is out of position playing top six.

  • January 29, 2022 at 11:20 am

    I had to watch the Colorado broadcast and as mentioned by others in previous Avs games, their on-air team is a collection of the worst, most-insufferable homers. Normally I believe the setup is supposed to be play-by-play and color commentary but their scheme seems to be 2x lick spittle hype men stroking their team non-stop – needless to say it was muted for most of the game … so at least our broadcast team carousel looks positive compared to the Avs bunch

  • January 29, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Hawks29- Hagel comment- somewhat agree… I found myself thinking after that point blank Center of the goalie’s chest shot thinking… Hossa buries that all day long- or hits the post.

    My 2 favorite Hawks of last 10 years.

    BIG difference between Hoss and Hagel- luv em both… but

  • January 29, 2022 at 4:01 pm


    the difference between being a top six scorer and a third line energy guy. hagel pretty elite as a third liner. i imagine that would be even better playing against third lines rather than top six.

  • January 29, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Soderbloom tonight 37 block shots no goal ..Rockford won in SO 1-0
    Him and Lank next year could be the start of a new good duo in goal for the Hawks
    Off course they will not be winning all the games at their age ..2 kids in goal with nice future iff they are well coached.

  • January 30, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Let’s get some trades rolling!!!!!

    Time to draft and trade for some Centers and wingers

    No More D men– too D centric the last several years. I really feel like the Hawks have some good D men in Jrs. now- with tons of size. Galvas/Mitchell/Beaudin will be ok paired with some of the giants… who can also skate. Del Mastro, Vlasic, Crevier, Harding, Regula.

  • January 30, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Hawks2010 been hoping since a wjile that we get a 20 or 30 game window this year with Lankinen and Soderblom being the go to guys. Have to appreciate Fleury for what he brought this year, just the fact he is not the future for this team.

    Bluto you didn’t mention Kaiser, who may have the potential to be the best of all. He can do it all, complete defenseman, showing he can do it at next level when time is right the big question now, too bad we didn’t get a chance to see him at world juniors this year.

  • January 30, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Alken another top 4 potential Dman as well. Having a good year.

  • January 30, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I liked what I saw from Allen at training camp – he has potential – I saw Kaiser play 1 game and thought the same Ian

    JC to be HC of Canada’s men’s Olympic team because Claude Julien can’t travel due to medical issues

    That’s a good opportunity for him – see how the team does – if it shows well JC could end up back in NHL sooner than later

  • January 30, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Wrap, now need to get some good young forwards now who can spark the offense and play some defense too.

  • January 30, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Dollar Bill: Good article that sums it up perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

  • January 30, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Kid Coach named to take over for Claude Julian as head coach of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team after Julian hurt himself in a fall. Rumor has it the odds for Canada winning a medal dropped dramatically when it was announced who was taking over.

  • January 30, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Commesso 36 saves in a 5-2 win for BU. 8-1-1 in last 10 games and a .945 save %, next stop for him olympics.

    DollarBill if he had some expert opinions backing up his opinion, maybe that article could carry a little weight.

  • January 31, 2022 at 8:58 am

    @ Ian

    I never knew that experts were needed for opinions to be validated. How long
    was it before the Church acknowledged that the Earth was round. Sometimes
    even the average Bear can get it right.

    Anyhow it’s hard to believe that everyone in this organization believes that the PO’s
    are possible as they only have 9 that’s right 9 games won in regulation. That’s 9 wins
    in regulation out of 44 games played. Only the Yotes who tanked on purpose and the
    Canadians have less.

    @Hammer ;-)

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:46 am

    DollarBill, nothing personal i like articles that can convince me what they are saying. Does he have a point, maybe. Look at Dylan Strome, drafted 3rd overall 3 years before Dach, went back to juniors for 2 years and spent 3rd season in Ahl, still trying to find his way. Nylander 8th overall 2 years before Dach, played 152 games in Ahl his first 3 seasons, got a shot 2 years ago to stay in Nhl and has spent all this year in Ahl. How did that benefit them. His opinion may be right but let’s give it time to play out is my thoughts right now.

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Ian, yes nothing personal, but the points you make are exactly his. It’s not the player but the organization who’s at fault. Every player is different and not all fit one shoe size.

    what might even be better analogies are Gaudette who seems to be doing fine in Ottawa, Forsling
    and Duclair in Fla. Joker in Buffalo It leads me to believe that the present people in charge are clueless as to what talent is and how to develop such talent. They’re of an understanding if that they are on the team they will all play to expectations and above. Failing to do that they’re failures and must go. Just my $0.02

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Re: Dach…

    I get the article defending Dach, but at some point and after three years in the league the kid needs to grab the bull by the balls and just figure it out! Until he grows some cajones and decides that he wants to be the “Maître d'”, he will always be nothing but the “waiter”!

    It’s go-time Kirby – figure it out, because we can’t pay you $3M+ for skating around! The new GM will let you go or trade you because you will have been just another mistake by Stan!

  • January 31, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    DollarBill, I’ve said that all along it’s sticking with the players that is the biggest concern, not that the development has ruined them. Does the writer have a point maybe but just saying so doesn’t mean it has to be right. Agree every player is different but if you look at what i wrote, neither of those 2 were even playing in Nhl first 3 years was point i was trying to make and people are blaming Dach, blaming the team for something that hasn’t had proper amount of time to happen yet.

    It is good to see Gaudette took advantage of covid getting him back in the lineup and is producing, hope it’s not just a contract time thing, seen that too many times not to be doubtful about it.

  • January 31, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Ian: What part of that article is wrong?? Nothing as far as I can see.

  • January 31, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Hammer where did i say it was wrong, i said saying alone doesn’t make it right, l would like to hear from people who actually develop players or show some research into it at least.

  • January 31, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Ian: The article points out pretty much what the Hawks have done since they acquired Dach. Is there something wrong or erroneous that the article is missing?? I don’t want to hear from Blackhawk management about how they develop talent. The proof is what is here now and who is progressing. And if they keep the “intern” as the GM it just adds more proof that all they care about here is filling seats with this “charade” of going over the organization to find out what they have. as far as “talent” in the organization. Has anyone heard of potential interviews yet with anybody?? Nope.

  • January 31, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    I believe the article has a point. IMO when SB was in charge , he was more interested in selling tickets than developing players. I think that was the problem for Dach , Boquist and a few others. Each player developes differently. Some will turn out to be busts. However , you don’t try to sell tickets and hype the team over developing a player . That is why this team is stuck where they are. Add to it , there wasn’t the personnel to develope young talent. That is just my opinion.

  • January 31, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Bobby seems like maybe a change in attitude with Reichel and trying to avoid rushing him. The past is just that and can’t be undone. I want to see them give their prospects a chance to be players. Nylander and Gaudette seem to be Bowman moves that KD wanted to undo, hope it doesn’t come back to bite them. Good chance Borgstrom, Strome and Kubalik fall into that category too, just hope they have more patience with Dach, I believe he has alot of potential.

    See Panthers may be willing to part with Owen Tippett, be worth a look, so would a Kravtsov on the cost to acquire, a couple of younger bigger top 6 type wingers.

  • January 31, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    I didn’t read that article but I’m familiar with the arguments for and against Kirby’s development

    The point we all have to remember is that there is no way of proving whether him coming to the NHL as an 18 year old was good for him or not – if he doesn’t develop into a top 6 C maybe he was never going to be a top 6 C even if he spent more time in junior or the A

    That’s Ian’s point – look at Nylander and Strome – they both spent more time in junior and the A then Dach and yet haven’t developed in accordance with their draft status so you simply spending more time in juniot and the A develops prospects better and you can’t say with any validity how Dach would have turned out had he gone back to junior or played in the A

    You can guess and that’s all anyone is doing – guessing – so let’s dispense with the absolutes and live with what we have

    A big player (6’5″) from the 70s possibly like Dach in skill set from my youth – Pete Mahovolich (the Little M) didn’t really break out until he was 24 – it can take bigger players longer to come into their bodies and adjust to the league

    If Dach becomes a Little M type player I’d be happy with that – Pete had a lot of 60-70 point seasons but 2 seasons over 100 points – all of those seasons were after age 24

    Dach is never going to be Mario though

  • January 31, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    *so you simply can’t say that spending more time in junior and the A develops prospects better*

    my bad

  • January 31, 2022 at 4:04 pm


    I get it, we all expected the 3rd overall pick to be a generational talent! I am OK if Dach is not Mario Lemieux, who is one of the three greatest hockey players that I have seen in my lifetime with Gretzky and Jagr as the other two. But, as the 3rd overall pick with that size, and supposed hockey skills and acumen, I expected Frank Mahovlich not Peter! However, after watching Dach play this year, I would be thrilled if he became Peter Mahovlich, but I see his ceiling being more Adam Creighton and his floor being Mark Bell.

  • January 31, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Tommy – fair enough if Dach becomes Adam Creighton we all have a right to be disappointed and if he becomes Mark Bell then Mark Kelley should be fired (if he hasn’t been already by that time)

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