Blackhawks Fall To Ducks In Shootout

The Blackhawks flew home from Minnesota to face the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Friday night and it took a shootout for the game to be decided. Unfortunately, Anaheim won 3-2 and the Hawks dropped their third straight game.

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Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lineup, breaking up his fourth line that had been effective for much of the early season. Even with effective play from his bottom six, and in the second night of a back-to-back, Quenneville rode his superstars hard on Friday night.

Jonathan Toews skated 24:49 and Patrick Kane was on the ice for 24:46 in the loss. Toews won 17 of 25 faceoffs and Kane led the Blackhawks with three takeaways to lead the way. Kane was also credited with an assist on Ben Smith’s goal in the first period.

Smith scored only 45 seconds after Corey Perry put the Ducks up 1-0, but he then disappeared for most of the second period. Through the first 40 minutes, Smith had taken only 10 shifts and had spent only 4:36 on the ice. However, when Quenneville started mixing his lines again in the third period, Smith was suddenly shifting with Kane and saw his ice time more than double in the final 20 minutes.

Ryan Getzlaf scored Anaheim’s second goal with only one second remaining on the Ducks’ only power play. After the game, Quenneville called the Hawks’ penalty kill a “disaster,” and said Getzlaf’s goal might be “rock bottom” for his PK unit.

Kris Versteeg was also credited with an assist on Smith goal and added a goal of his own, but turned the puck over a number of times late. With Michal Handzus back in the lineup, Versteeg only took two faceoffs in the game; he lost both. Handzus started the game well at the dot, but finished winning only six of 17 in the game.

Marcus Kruger was the only Blackhawks forward other than Toews to win more than half of his faceoffs in the game. Kruger won seven of nine, and was also credited with one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway in only 12:24 on the ice.

In net, Antti Raanta stopped 24 of 26 shots, including a number of big saves late in the third period to get the game into overtime. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very good (read: terrible) in the shootout.

Raanta was “interfered with” on what should have been a game-winning goal for the Ducks in the overtime period, but replay showed Brent Seabrook pushing Saku Koivu into Raanta on the play. Soon after, Brandon Saad was taken down on a breakaway chance but the refs swallowed their whistles.

Brandon Bollig, who was called out at the open of the television broadcast for not being physical enough in the absence of Bryan Bickell, led the Hawks with six hits. Mark Fistric led the Ducks with eight hits as Anaheim out-hit the Hawks 39-25 in the game.

Jeremy Morin only skated 7:40, including 1:09 on the power play. He was credited with three shots in the game. Joakim Nordstrom was better on Friday night than in Minnesota, but won only one of three faceoffs and didn’t factor into special teams. He played 10:10 against the Ducks.

The Hawks host the Florida Panthers at the United Center on Sunday night.

10 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall To Ducks In Shootout

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Didn’t see the game. How was the energy level?

  • December 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Kane, 23, looked good… 10 continued to either miss the net or shoot into the goalie…
    19 was so-so again… not a lot of great chances for either team.

    Hawks PP sucked again, once again 2nd unit better than 1st…
    they have gone away from 1-3-1 PP look and/or the wing cutting into the middle of the PK box??? which seemed to be working??? I really don’t get it!!!

    Raanta could have stopped 2nd goal…
    1st goal – Hammer should have kicked or knocked the stick (laying in front of crease away?) -which was Perry’s- and scored the goal 2-3 seconds later…

  • December 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Another game that lacked much flow and that made it kind of a tedious affair. There just weren’t that many great scoring chances, but both goalies ended up with decent games after starting out a bit shaky. Raanta was brutal in the shootout, but has little experience. The good news is he can’t get any worse. Raanta playing Santa Claus with Perry down by our net was kind of funny, but obly because Perry didn’t score. WTF was that? Hiller early on really looked off as well and was leaving lots of rebounds. Hawks had 2 great plays in the game that didn’t score but should have. Refs were not very good last night, but it seemed to go both ways. It was gift that the Ducks OT goal was disallowed, but the refs allowed the Saad OT semi breakaway take down to stand. At least they evened it up. The Oduya penalty was messed up cuz he had his stick slashed out. Never mind.

    What is/has been really pissing me off at the UC is lack of replays. Why is the home crowd that pays big bucks to watch these games not allowed to see what people watching on TV are viewing? Someone clearly makes the decision not to show replays. Who is this, and why are paying customers being denied that privilege? We deserve an explanation. I am calling the Hawks office Monday for an explanation.

    I give the Ducks, Wild for playing a tough defensive game against us. It is doesn’t make for very exciting hockey, but it can be effective. Against teams that really try and limit scoring opportunities, you have to bury chances and the past 2 games the Hawks have not done so. Dallas can’t be granted that status because they were a sieve defensively allowing an historically large barrage of shots to Hawks earlier this week. One thing for sure is Anaheim has some really big guys playing for that team. When you see them in person skating they look even larger. Yikes.

    Wheels are not off, but Shaw has been missed badly. I couldn’t help thinking while watching the game last night, that we lack net presence offensively without Shaw, and he is the smallest guy on the team! Bicks gone too hurts Hawks in this area. Someone else needs to get into that role soon. At least Bollig started throwing his weight around some last night.

    Hawks as pointed out astutely by Wall have messed with their PP alignment. They keep trying this back door play that works almost never. The 1-3-1 approach opens the ice more and gives better opportunities. Likewise, I think it exposes teams that apply heavy puck pressure. The ice opens up more.

    Last bitch is the easy poke at the PK. It just can’t get worse given our personnel. I wholeheartedly agree that Q must be questioned for not employing Sharp and Versteeg. These guys were REALLY good together 4 years ago. Remember all the shorties the Hawks potted in that Cup winning year? Versteeg seems to be getting his legs back, but it is coming slowly. His hands though remain lightning quick.

    Zus is ridiculously slow, but his smarts compensate. This must be his last year. Not sure why Morin had limited ice time in a dump and chase. Q was running the A team with big minutes last night. Nordstrom looked improved as well last night, and I think he can get lots better. It seems clear that the usual suspects will be on the Rockford shuttle through the rest of the year barring more injury holes that need to be filled.

    We should feast on Panthers tomorrow.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    btw, What is a Lovejoy stick?

    ask Pat n Edzo

  • December 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    11/19/81 Maybe Morin can finish some of those sweet 81 passes- Sharp could have 15-20 goals right now… + 11 won’t have to play too much D here w/ these two!

    20/26/65 these two will be able to pick up the pace for grampa- when 29 back- 26 out.

  • December 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Can we talk about how freaking BAD Seabrook has been lately and if it wasn’t for Keith carrying that line, the Hawks would be in a lot of trouble. I’m sure Hammer and Oduya are getting top billing because Seabrook has been so god awful.

    Handzus looked extra slow last night. There were some sequences where it was laughable how slow that guy moves. How many times did we see Kane/Versteeg breaking up the ice and having a defensemen be the third man in the rush instead of Handzus? And he got time on the first power play? Does Bowman have to waive him in order for Q to not be ridiculous?

    Some of us have been bitching about TOI for a while now. Apparently it isn’t going to get better. Q is going to run his players into the ground instead of just splitting the ice time up. They looked exhausted last night.

    Wall- I like the idea of your lineup… but I think we just have to settle on the fact that Q will never sit a healthy Handzus… as sad as that is.

  • December 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Q should have used his timeout after Seabrook’s penalty. What was he saving it for? The team looked really gassed. We need more rested personnel on the power play and more aggressive also. Brookbank, as bad as he is offensively, played pk quite well for Anaheim when he was there. If he is only playing 5 minutes a game, put him in on pk. I agree with Phil on putting Sharp and Versteeg on pk together. Changes have to be made.

  • December 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The Hawks are in a 3-game swoon for the first time in a long time, but even with that there are some positives to be drawn.

    First, the 2013/14 Hawks are a much better team than the 2010/11 Hawks were. Thirty games into the 2010/11 season, it was pretty apparent that the Hawks weren’t the best team in the Western Conference. Most Hawk fans knew it would be a reload year with long odds to repeat. This season is different. The Hawks have a couple warts this season but even with those they are a very good team and are among a handful of elite teams. This may be a reload year for the Hawks, but this time around they have a legit shot to repeat.

    Individual player improvement from Kane, Saad, Shaw, Leddy, Kruger, Bollig, and Hjalmarsson (offensively). A return to Norris level by Keith, and Versteeg is starting to look like his old self. Some of the kids have shown they can be counted on to be key pieces, such as Smith and more recently Raanta, while others, like Morin, Pirri and Nordstrom, have shown they are adequate for spot duty.

    It’s easy to focus on the negatives when the team isn’t playing at it’s best, but there are plenty of positives and the team is still pretty darn good. There’s time to get the PK fixed and Crawford should get better with more rest now that Raanta has shown he can be the backup.

    The Hawks know how to win, they just need to be playing their best by the end of the season. There will probably be more bumps along the way and I’ll probably get caought up in the negatives of the small picture a few times – I am, after all, a fanatic who is emotionally involved. But, the big picture is bright and with a little prespective very easy to see.

  • December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    ^I’ll drink to that synopsis ER

    no time to panic, as maddening as the play and coaching decisions can be we are where we should be in most respects. We have had 3 one goal games in a row, gone 0-2-1, and easily could have gotten a couple Ws. The league is ultra competitive and we’ve shown weariness since coming home.

    refs were drunk last night, and the OT/SO format is definitely getting stale.

    Far too many shots are not getting on net. We love to shoot but our aim ….. geez. Sucks

  • December 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Yea, they all were one goal games, we were down 3 and 2 goals & we still deserved to win half of them. Shootouts are garbage, just like the refs from last night, no excuses but they… PK is really the only thing were not doing ok at & even though we have plenty of time to get better, we need a good stretch on it to, then go from there. Lets just have a good 2nd 40games on the pk, forget the start.

    Every team is going to have to go through it at certain point in season. We are in a 5in7 7in11 games/day after a long road trip. Without our entire 3rd line.

    After giving our all on the long road trip, we are just gassed. Plus we have had a lot of guys hurt. Once we get most/all back our 4 line quality depth will show as well role 4 lines again (better min. s). We are one of the top teams and when we have our full roster we have moar depth.

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