Blackhawks Comeback Comes Up Short In Calgary

After an emotional overtime win in Edmonton, the Blackhawks sent Jeff Glass right back out there in Calgary – his hometown – to close out the calendar year against the Flames on Sunday night.

Unfortunately for Glass, the Hawks spent the first 26 minutes looking like they had a New Year’s Day hangover.

Calgary dominated the first period, out-shooting the Hawks 19-7. It looked like the Blackhawks would escape without allowing a goal but the players lost their attention – and the puck – and it cost them. Matthew Tkachuk scored with two seconds left in the first to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. The Tkachuk goal came with Tommy Wingels in the box.

Jordan Oesterle went to the box four minutes into the second and the it cost the Hawks again. Tkachuk scored his second power play goal of the night at 4:42 to extend the Flames’ lead to two.

The dust had barely settled from the Tkachuk goal when Sean Monahan scored 65 seconds later to make the score 3-0 in favor of the home team. The Hawks’ penalty kill looked bad and they hadn’t found any consistency with the puck.

However, Garnet Hathaway went to the box to give the Blackhawks their first power play of the night at 6:31. Chicago didn’t convert on the advantage but Oesterle scores his second of the season five seconds after the Hathaway penalty ended to make the score 3-1.

Oesterle picked up his second point of the night 56 seconds later when Jonathan Toews put home his tenth of the season to make the score 3-2.

To their credit, the Blackhawks responded after the Flames’ third goal and poured it on. The Hawks out-shot the Flames 18-12 in the second period and went to the third trailing by one.

Glass and Mike Smith both played well in the third period as both teams had good chances. Brandon Saad, who had an assist on the Oesterle goal, missed on a terrific point-blank opportunity at one point. But he wouldn’t be denied later in the period.

At 18:12 into the third – with Glass just heading to the bench for an extra attacker – Saad snapped a six-game goal drought with his 12th of the year to tie the game. Toews picked up the only assist on the Saad goal.

The third period would end with the score tied at three and for the second straight game the Hawks would head to overtime. Both sides had 37 shots on goal in 60 minutes and Glass once again stood tall when his team needed him and helped the Hawks get at least one point out of the game.

Unfortunately, Mark Giordano scored 52 seconds into overtime to steal the second point of the night and end the game, handing Glass his first career NHL loss.

The Hawks erased a three-goal deficit but didn’t have enough to finish the job and end 2017 with an overtime loss.

Toews skated 20:54 with four shots on net, two points (one goal, one assist) and one blocked shot while winning 12 of 20 faceoffs. Saad also had two points with three shots on net and one takeaway in 21:13. And Oesterle finished tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with five shots on net; he had two points in the game as well while skating 25:40.

Connor Murphy had a team-leading four hits. Cody Franson and Ryan Hartman led the Hawks with two blocked shots each.

Glass made 35 saves.

Patrick Sharp, Gustav Forsling and Jan Rutta were healthy scratches.

21 thoughts on “Blackhawks Comeback Comes Up Short In Calgary

  • December 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Richard Panik is awful. I mean brutal. He is the forward version of David Rundblad.
    Truly every shift he does something that makes you wonder how the guy is in the NHL, let alone makes nearly $3Million. Unreal.

    Connor Murphy is turning into an excellent physical NHL defenseman. This is a recording. Very very encouraging.

    Sadly we are at Calgary’s level and that’s not a compliment.

  • December 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Only saw the 3rd and looked like they got every bounce or break except the Saader goal. Didnt play good in first for 4th time in 5 games. The 3 before this we were playing after a long break inbetween games. This game that wasnt the case.

    6-3-1 in those 10 games is good. We deserved better then that with a 5-0 start, those long breaks inbetween throw us off for a game or two. Good to get the win and tie in these 2 games after taking 3 hits.

    We played 10 of these 29 games I think were going to do well in. Need another good start like the 4-0-1 we had wks ago and the 5-0 we started these 10 with. Got 19 left so there could be 2 or 3 good runs coming.

    4 of 5 coming are top 10 teams were going to need to play good and should be back up to speed to do so without any 4 5 or 6 days inbetween games and a normal sch. we should have a chance to play now. Might not in first back at home after that I am looking for some good play by us.

  • December 31, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Goal is to be 31-20 after those 19 games. That should have us in a good position with 26 games left.

  • December 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Richard Panik needs a change of scenery – a fresh start. The Hawks should put him on waivers to see if any team would take him. He had wide open net and rushed his shot and missed the net. Hung on it a split second longer and he would been more in front of the net. If not maybe some time with Ice hogs with less pressure would help him find his game. Hawks still need to work on improving special teams and on playing hard in the first 20 minutes.

  • December 31, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    A nice comeback but fell a hair short. Glass is a nice story but he is clearly NOT an NHL goalie. He still kept us in the game.

    Again, we need more consistency out of our top lines. Panik needs to be on the bench and Q needs to put in one of the kids.

  • January 1, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Panik will end up as a third or forth line player who is overpaid. Rarely do 2 teams get the wrong read on a player (Tampa and Toronto) and it looks like they didn’t. But he’s too good for the AHL so it will be with another team or taking a shot at the 4th line.
    Oesterle looks like a keeper-hopefully Forsling can continue his growth, after a set back.

    They showed some grit, but why the 20 minute no shows?
    Very tight Western Conference.

  • January 1, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Now that sharp is gone (sitting)… now sit seabrook as well!
    Wake up !
    Q plays bouma on toews line when clearly Hayden is the right fit for that line…
    After Hawks fail this year…. Time for new coach

  • January 1, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Q only played Bouma with Toews to start the game because he was coming back to Calgary, to play in the arena where he had spent seven seasons.

    After that first shift, he was back on the fourth line playing well with Wingels and Hayden like they have been all year.

    It does look like it might be a scrap to make a wild card playoff spot. Good to see the comeback to at least get the point though.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • January 1, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Agrree Reg with your comments and wouldn’tbe surprised to see 12 on top line again and Sharp back in against NYR. Can’t see 42 amd 44 sitting long both waiver exempt, freeze period has ended so if not in lineup at least 1 goes down. 3 out 4 points alot better than everybody thinking after Canucks game. Hopefully 50 back in lineup soon.

  • January 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Toews and Saad both had good games. They were down by three and managed a point so it wasn’t the complete dud it was shaping up to be. Happy New Year everybody.

  • January 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    No GM in their right mind will claim Panik on waivers. He can be sent to Rockford to get his act together, it cuts the cap hit to $1.8M at least. Bowman gets credit and blame re: the same player — great trade for Panik, but no need to rush and sign him for a ridiculous amount.

  • January 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Tazer is also having to play certain min and situations a lot more then he ever had to before min wise. Having Krugs was a big help to 19. We need another guy like 16. We get a player like that and it would be a trickle down effect. Faceoffs and PK min.

  • January 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    This team lack consistency because it lacks talent. The 1st period the Hawks played like they were down a man. I had to literally count the Hawks players because they were chasing the entire period it was absolutely pathetic. Glass a nice story is not an NHL goalie, and Forsberg isn’t an NHL goalie who will win you games. 22 games and 2 wins. Clearly, Columbus knew this and happily included him in the deal for Panarin. This team is going nowhere, even IF they make the playoffs.
    This is going to be a highly unfavorable comment but I trade Toews for Max
    Pacioretty, Captain for Captain. Yes, the Hawks are getting pennies on the dollar for Toews but Toews would likely benefit from the easier Eastern Conf travel. Right now, Toews, is a shell of himself and Pacioretty needs a change and 30 goal NHL scorers are tough to find. No team can afford to pay a guy 10+ million to be a 2nd line center and that’s what the Hawks have in 19 in 2018. Toews still has some NHL value trade him before he turns into Seabrook. I know SB will NEVER do this but he really should. However, I think the Hawks Org and many fans are happy reliving the glory days and rolling out an aged core that isn’t good enough anymore! One Goal huh?

    Thanks for an amazing 10 years Johnny and move on!

  • January 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    For God’s sake quit blaming the freaking schedule, and Toews is hardly an elite player these days. He hasn’t been for 3 seasons. Maybe a new head coach can light a fire under him and he can get his career turned around like Kopitar did.

  • January 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Southside……….I see where you are coming from. I know that Tazer is a shell of himself. I have been a huge critic of his, lately. Somehow something has got to be “not right” with him and maybe the organization knows it.

    I was listening to an interview with Sidney Crosby on some Sirius sportscast and he was talking about a series of concussions that he suffered from 2012 to 2014. He said that since he was the captain of the team and a “leader”, he never allowed himself to ever fully heal and he always got back on the ice too early. This attributed to games in which he had no production, felt awkward on his skates, we easily taken off the puck and just didn’t feel “right”.

    He said that it took him 2 years to actually feel like he belonged on the ice, again. As he said, “just because I was cleared to play did not mean that I felt good enough to play”. Does this sound familiar?

    Maybe, JUST MAYBE, the concussions that Tazer has had are still causing problems. Not enough to sideline him, but serious enough to hurt his play. If everything that Crosby said is true, then maybe the Johnny Toews that we all know AND love will come back and he will continue to be great.

  • January 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Reg, was listening to the same interview – I think – and the same thoughts about Toews occurred to me. I think we have to have patience with him. Trading him is a fools errand, IMO.

  • January 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    every time i see saad miss a pass, or step on the puck i think eventually bowman will leave because of this one trade alone. does stan know what a player should look like. or does he ask his old man

  • January 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Thats the spirit Reg. Hopefully thats the thing patience. Then its just a matter of time.

  • January 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Have to mention sch. every time we play like shit or donot show up to play when its the first or second game after a long break because it makes a difference.

    It wasnt the first or second game after long break against CAL and I point out that we cant have first period no shows when were back up to speed. No excuses then.

  • January 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Read this somewhere.

    “Which numbers? Just goals? Preventing goals is pretty important too, and Toews is pretty much the best defensive forward we have and still in the top 10 in NHL. He is also puts in a ton of time on the PK, is one of the best faceoff guys in the league, not even mentioning his leadership or other offensive skills.

    I am very frustrated at the point production of the top line and do not think Toews is the same player as 3 years ago, which means that I believe he is still among the top centers in the game when you consider his all around production but no longer in the discussion of top center in game. Again, very frustrated at point production, but lets not go overboard.”

  • January 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    and this

    “In the Hawks last dominant season (also Toews’ last), 2014-15, he played a total of 112:00 minutes on the penalty kill and took 78 shorthanded draws. Marcus Kruger took 153 shorthanded draws that year and played 180:00 PK minutes.

    The following two seasons, Kruger battled wrist injuries, so his PK workload dropped and Toews’ gradually increased. Although last year, a “recovered” Kruger took 153 PK draws and Toews took 94.

    This year, with Kruger gone, and Artem Anisimov as the secondary PK faceoff option, Toews is on pace for 190 shorthanded draws and about 148:00 PK minutes.

    And lastly Penalty kills are harder minutes than playing 5-on-5 and on the power play.”

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