Blackhawks Fall To Kings To Close Circus Trip

There were three questions for Blackhawks fans heading into Saturday night’s game.

1. Would Patrick Kane break a record?
2. Would the Blackhawks win in LA?
3. Would fans stay awake long enough to see either?

Thankfully for Hawks fans, Kane answered the first question a little more than 11 minutes into the game when he scored a power play goal to set a new benchmark for US-born NHL players.

When Niklas Hjalmarsson scored at 12:56 into the second period, some fans may have slowed their coffee consumption.

While we can’t speak for how many fans were awake when the final horn sounded, a strong performance from Scott Darling held up under pressure from the Kings and the Hawks continued what has been an improving road trip. Darling played especially well as the Kings carried the action in the first half of the second period.

Fortunately for Darling, every time Kings “fans” wanted to rattle the Hawks’ netminder, chants of “Craaaawford” popped up. Even through the third period, by which time even drunk fans should have known Corey Crawford was watching from the bench after beating the Ducks on Friday night.

But this was in LA. We move on.

The third period saw the Hawks begin to slow. Jeff Carter scored 52 seconds into the third, and an uncharacteristically awful turnover by Brent Seabrook ended up in the back of the net off the stick of Marian Gaborik.

Jonathan Toews had a breakaway chance to win the game with four seconds left in regulation but his shot went wide, so the Hawks played into overtime for the fourth time on the trip.

Unfortunately, at the end of some of the best up-and-down action of the night, Gaborik got behind the Hawks’ defense and beat Darling for the game-winner.

Darling deserved a better fate on Saturday night. He stopped 33 of 36 but suffered the loss. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the win.

Andrew Desjardins took the only penalty of the night for the Hawks and found himself stapled to the bench… at the Staples Center. Even worthless Brandon Mashinter had three minutes of ice time more than Desjardins, who may be in danger of being a healthy scratch again in the future.

Marko Dano was a healthy scratch in favor of Tanner Kero on Saturday night, and Kero resumed his position as a primary penalty killer for the Hawks.

The Hawks finished their annual circus trip 3-1-2, picking up eight of 12 possible points.

Kane and Duncan Keith had two points each on Saturday night, and were the most productive Hawks on the road trip. Kane’s point streak will win most of the headlines on Sunday, but Keith has been spectacular as well; since returning from knee surgery, Keith has four goals and four assists in eight games. For his part, Kane had one goal and eight assists during the six-game trip.

Seabrook also had a great trip, contributing six assists in the six games. Unfortunately, his turnover late in the third proved costly in LA.

Chicago’s power play played a big role in the trip as well. The Hawks scored a power play goal in five of the six games. With the exception of the Vancouver debacle, the penalty kill was strong as well; the Hawks allowed three power play goals on four advantages against the Canucks, but killed 13 of 14 (92.9%) in the other five games.

The Hawks return home to begin December with the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Tuesday night.

33 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall To Kings To Close Circus Trip

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Not a bad trip. It will be good to get home.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Seabrook almost put in the game winner in overtime, with the puck hanging in the air and on a trajectory into the net to atone for the wiffle that gave LA the goal to tie it up. Heck of a 3 on 3 tonight…that format is a show thats for sure, better than all those shootouts. Toews probably kicking himself until the sun comes up with that miss at the end. No way I’m faulting Seabrook or Darling for this, as LA is a good team and really much like our beloved Blackhawks in many ways, certainly an even match and able to exploit. Keep going Patrick Kane, rack ’em up.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Not for lack of effort that’s for sure.

    Pat and Eddie love affair with TVRs game was a bit annoying after awhile.

    Breakaways for shaw, panerin and Toews each stopped or impeded,. Those were the difference.

    In overtime, Hossa walks in and I thought it was over instead it goes the other way.

    Physical game. Lucic was a bull. Have to find someone to neutralize or challenge him by April, line for line, shift for shift.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Other then not playing that good against EDM/CAL we played really good and only in the 3in4 nights/backtoback games did we get sloppy with the other team getting a weak and soft goal and something on crap in this one. When you look at the long road trip, we only took one hit in regulation in the entire trip. Cannot complain. The turning point in the season. To set the tone.

    ‘Still wanna go to Vegas”

  • November 29, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Seems to me they sat back a little (a lot) the last 30 minutes and it eventually cost them … ah well. Not a bad road trip at all, 8 points out of 12.

    Rockford report … they lost 2-1 to Milwaukee in Brew Town. Nothing too exciting to say about this one, the Admirals scored on a rebound goal with about 8 minutes left in the game and held on. Ice Hogs out shot Milwaukee something like 27 to 20 but most of that advantage was in the 1st period when Rockford had 15 shots and carried the play. Rasmussen with Rockford’s only goal on a rebound in the 1st period.

    Visentin in goal and it sounded like he played pretty well. The Ice Hogs power play let them down, they had 5 power plays, the Admirals had one.

    Hogs dressed 7 defensemen again due to a shortage of forwards. They did scratch recent Indy call up Dan Ciampini so I expect him to be sent back down as soon as one of the injured forwards is ready to go (likely Garret Ross).

    Rockford now travels to Texas for four games, beginning Wednesday. They’re down there all week. Danault will be on the trip and may make his season debut in one of the games.

    Got tipped off on Ryan Haggerty, who has been out since getting injured 4 games into the year. He’s due back sometime in mid-late December, still not sure exactly what happened to him.

  • November 29, 2015 at 8:17 am

    The Q- “Mashinter love affair” is really starting to get annoying…

    on the bright side… 53 rarely makes a mistake…

    On the negative side… he is too slow to actually “Hit” someone or forecheck…
    really a waste of a roster spot!!!

    TT- continues to show very little hope on any “cycle/possession” line…

    Daley- continues to look better ( I could see him scoring 6 goals in 10-12 game stretch soon)… BUT- is he still too expensive for 5th D man (considering Hawks have other capable/cheaper options???) And still can’t generate much Offense on any other lines – besides Kanes…

    Maybe- Q tries
    TT or 56/19/88
    65/16/TT or 56
    any one besides 53/67/28

    I have to believe- Hawks lead the league in WORST break-away shooting %

  • November 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

    The last game of a long road trip and we had many, MANY turnovers and mistakes, but nothing that was attributed to “bad play”. We just looked tired in the late stages of the third period and blew a gasket, no shame in that.

    Panarin needs to stop trying to skate through 5 players in the neutral zone and at the offensive blue line. He needs to learn to dump it in and fight another day. I love his stick handling ability, but, as we all preach, GET THE PUCK IN DEEP!!

    All in all a pretty good road trip. 8 out of 12 is okay. Let’s see how the Hawks look in their first game back home on Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Bummer that the Hawks couldn’t get the 2 points last night and it’s kind of ironic that the thing the Hawks did to the Ducks the night before was what happened to them last night, albeit not quite in so dramatic a fashion and without our captain being stupid. Seabrook the hero one night and the goat the next.

    So, 8 points out of 12 on the Circus road trip isn’t bad at all, especially considering how poorly the Hawks have played on the road to start the season. To make matters even better than getting 8 points is that the Preds, Wild and Jets have all been taking it on the chin lately which means the Hawks are actually above all three of those teams in the standings this morning. There’s still a long way to go and it’s doubtful those teams will continue to struggle, but I like the position the Hawks are in and I wouldn’t have said that a few weeks ago. So … trending up.

    Also – way to go Kaner.

  • November 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hockey gods giveth (ducks) and taketh (kings). The Hawks under Q have an insane record when leading after 2 periods. Last year i want to say it was
    27-0. I also believe the last time they lost when trailing was Western Conf Final game 7 against these Kings on that heartbreaker. Im fairly certain the Kings will come out of the Pacific again this year unless a central foe knocks them out as a wildcard.

    This team is getting there but isnt there yet. That 1st line sucks w Shaw n Garbutt. This team needs another LW or for Dano to step up

  • November 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Take 8 out of 12 points on any extended trip. So a success in my book.

    Q needs to get Panarin to understand a few things real soon. Get the puck into the zone pal. Not paying you to be a hero and go into the zone with the puck glued to your stick.

    Daley could not hit the broad side of a barn with a beach ball standing 3 feet away. He had an ok game though.

    Kings will go very deep into the playoffs. They are unique and formidable. And yes whoever said this is right, Lucic poses big matchup problem.

    It was silly to have Teuvo on the ice last night. He has no defined role and I’m sick of this crap.

    A trade is coming very soon. In all seriousness you can’t have a line of Shaw-Toews-Garbutt. The fact that the puzzle pieces at forward are so ill fitting right now that Q resorts to putting Toews with those two is a damning indictment of our forward issue. I think Bowman was in Ottawa yesterday for a reason. He’s actively scouting and talking to teams.

    Barring trade, we will see Dano down and Bickell up by Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

    If Q is willing to play toews,shaw, garbutt why not put TT on that right wing and move either shaw or garbutt to other line. See if it sparks tt’s play. Otherwise go back to kruger, shaw, tt.

  • November 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Very high quality game between two of the best teams in the league. If we give that same effort every night we will be in great shape.

    I read that SB was in Toronto last night for the Leafs-Caps game. He may be on his own circus trip to find a LW.

  • November 29, 2015 at 11:37 am

    LA fans werent the only ones goofing up names. Foley referred to Kyle Clifford on more than one occasion as Chris.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    We played a good game, but we were a step slow in the third, as Tab mentioned, which is understandable given the fast turnaround from the Ducks game.
    We had this one if not for the bad giveaway that gave them the tying goal. So many close calls. TT had a great chance and almost had a 5 holer on Quick.
    Bottom line: 8 out of 12 points on this road trip is OK by me, and pretty indicative of where we are as a team right now. It was pretty special to see Kaner set the consecutive point streak record for an American born player. I’ll remember that one despite the outcome.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Leafs are in full rebuild mode and a patchwork quilt of odds and ends on that team. What wonders could Babcock do with our youngsters, Dano, Kero, TT. If we could unload Rundblad and Bickell along with a package of one or two of these youngsters it could possibly work out. Bickell is essentially a Toronto homeboy and would be an instant fan favourite, kind of like an Eddie Shack of days gone by. Maybe we could get JVR to go along with TVR or maybe they want TVR to go along with JVR! Who knows. For the record I would not be in favour of dealing any of TT, Dano or Kero as this is our not so far off future. Speculation can be fun but realities of the cap always weigh heavily in these things. We would have to unload some big $ somewhere in any deal and that would obviously be Bickell but that is near impossible. The only team I see is Toronto for this guy and a fresh start.

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    “LA fans werent the only ones goofing up names. Foley referred to Kyle Clifford on more than one occasion as Chris.”

    Foley having a mid 80’s flashback. Chris Clifford was a diminutive depth goaltender in the Blackhawks organization in the mid 80’s. Due to injury, he got to appear in a couple games, both in relief roles as I recall. I remember his first game the Blackhawks were getting spanked (I think by Edmonton) so Clifford got the 3rd period in relief of Bannerman or Skorodenski (Warren Score-Against-Me).

    He made one big save on a breakaway and I think Foley was just waiting for a reason to bellow out “CLIFFORD!!” like he did his “Baaaaaanerman” thing.

    He probably still has that in his head 30 years later.

  • November 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Matthias is a FA at 2.3 and wouldnt cost as much.

  • November 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    JVR would be a nice acquisition. It certainly would cut down ma & pa VR’s travel lode some.

  • November 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Damn Darling played well, strong like Crow on the ice and low! Really played great vs a team that gets bodies and stick in the goalies grill all night long! Just love how the KINGS enter the zone, trademark” all 3 together in a line and pinch to the net! Every time and effective.

    Good road trip down side is Hawks are relying on D-Men to generate Offense. While Hawks D-men could very well be the best at it man for man, it really puts a lot pressure on to take a risk or two.

    That Third line as I have ranted before , IF THEY NOT GOING TO SCORE THEN GO BIG and STRONG and HIT anything that moves! Check!

    Daley was not the only one to miss an empty net for Hawks! Hawks sort of kind of just holding on, they chemistry of all lines except Second with The artist need help and that help is not here nor in Rockford! Maybe package 3 guys for 1, Bick, Tevo, and Dezi?

    go hawks long way to go

  • November 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Back to back games, 3 games in 4 nights and last game of road trip. Lets bench one forward (desjardins), spot shift Q’s latest obsession (mashinter), and intersperse the remaining ten forwards. This was west conf finals ’14 deja vu (bollig and versteeg rarely played) against a physical clutch and grab team (the refs were atrocious last night, brutal). We saw how that story ended. Under Q’s rationale of benching, Seabrook should be a scratch next game. Morin makes the same exact $ as desjardins — why not give him a fair shake? Maybe the horse Q ran in the Breeders Cup kicked him in the head and he has bad case of Bolligitis. We ve seen for into Q’s eight season now that “roll three lines” = barely make playoffs and early exit.

  • November 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    We are on rhe cusp on a meaningful trade. I can see Teuvo and Daley gone very soon.

  • November 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Good comments MtM. Pity to have lost the extra point last night. Looking forward to a game at the UC in a few days. It was a good road trip for a team still trying to find the right combos. While some hate the 3 on 3 format, it is on the edge of your seat wild and crazy stuff. I would prefer the 5 min OT format as is currently in place, and if no one can win, call it a tie with each team taking 1 point.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • November 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The Crawford, Crawford chants last night were priceless. Solid Kings fans must have hung their heads in embarrassment, unless that’s where it was coming from……

    Lets Go Hawks

  • November 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hof- I had completely forgotton about Warren Score-Against-Me and barely recall Clifford…the mid eighties were something thats for sure ..Reaganomics, lots of mollah around in cash for the little guy and self employed small buisness mom and pop types but the NHL was kind of like a rodeo at times, but exciting thats for sure. Goalies had no where near the padding or size they are now. Obstruction was never heard of!

  • November 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I am on the cusp of a meaningful revelation. I can see Rufus being wrong very soon.

  • November 30, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Rufus, “I can see Teuvo and Daley gone very soon.” — I disagree…but, we’ll see. (OR, refer to Tony – “I am on the cusp of a meaningful revelation. I can see Rufus being wrong very soon.”)

    Again Ru, it could be that Stan B. and the Blackhawks expect to be playing after this season, and again, Teravainen seems to be a/has performed best at RW, is 21, and Hossa is 37 and will not last forever…and, if the Hawks prospects are, as you’ve suggested, mostly “just a guy” players, they should/will keep a young RW with exceptional skill (even if you have a problem seeing him as “fitting-in” with this season’s team) = obviously just my opinion.

    Daley – maybe Stan B. is being patient with his “fitting-in”? Maybe the Hawks were not really “stuck” with him, and Stan B. envisioned his skating (and offensive skill) as something that could me made to “fit-in” with the Hawks’ style of play?

    NOT directed at Rufus – I may be wrong, but what I’ve seen so far from Mashingter is nothing but a pretty much pantomime fight and one solid hit against the Kings (do not remember who). Besides that, he does the up & down the wing (unimpressive if not too slow for the NHL), and has not yet been the direct cause (glaring error) of a goal against. Is that about right? Could Bickell be any worse? He is a LW, and it would be some return on the $$$, *IF* that would be more important that the $950k(?) cap savings…?

  • November 30, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I like Teravainen and want to keep him longterm. Danault is what 2.5 wks from the 4mths. Then would need some games to get up to speed.

    When is the roster freeze range. I do think we are going to make a move. Walls right we need a LW and we can always add a Defenseman at the deadline.

  • November 30, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Taking 8 out of 12 points on this trip is not bad, but do we really know anymore about this team now than we did before the trip? There has been very little consistency on any of the offensive lines other than the second. Could the problem be too many wingers that play best from the right side? Could it be that we have too many younger players (56 & 86 especially) that have been inconsistent? Too much line juggling? IMO, I think the positive results, point wise, has been mainly because Keith is back. This has masked the problem that the Hawks are facing… Not enough output from a majority of our offensive plays that has resulted in mega line juggling without making a noticeable difference, yet. We need to be able to roll 4 lines. In order for that to happen, we need The other 3 lines to step up. A combination of better play and less line juggling. If not, then we need to balance the LW/RW situation.

  • November 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I don’t think there is any trade available with the cap space the Hawks have to significantly improve the team.

    Kind of ridiculous at this point to think that anyone will take Bickell and eat all of that 4 million regardless of who is tossed into the deal unless the deal itself is ridiculous. The last thing they need to do is stupidly overpay for someone and create two holes to fill one.

    There are a lot of GMs in the league that make crazy boneheaded decisions but I don’t think this is one that makes sense for any team. If his salary was 2 millionish maybe they could entice someone.

    And if you move Daley you’re starting basically two rookies on the blue line OR Rundblad. Woof. Daley isn’t perfect but there is something to be said for a guy with 10 years of NHL experience regardless of how deficient he may be in some areas.

    “It could be worse” (not like the hawks are standing in a trash compactor on the detention level at this point)

  • November 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    @ AJ

    I completely agree for those who think that SB can waive a magic wand and make top 6 forwards appear is crazy, not to mention the Hawks are right up against the cap. Travis Hamonic might be a realistic option but to think there is a top 6 LW just sitting there for dirt cheap is not very likely. Hence why CBJ had to give up a top prospect and a 2nd line center for Mr. Saad., and then pay him a fortune.

  • December 1, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Very good point aj. Seemingly Very few hockey trades out there right now that would make the Hawks better.

    Rundblad is not going to play period. He is an emergency #7 defnseman. If anyone in the top 6 goes down with the flu, he will play. But Q is not going to “rotate” him in just to get him playing time. The top 6 is set. Nor are the Hawks likely to trade him, because a draft pick cannot sit in the press box as an emergency call up.

    Daley and Rosy are the third pair and as a fan it could be a lot worse, like Bryan Muir, Burke Henry, Sami Helenius, Steve Poapst type worse.

  • December 1, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I agree with Broker Wayne’s comments above for Coach Q to leave some of the lines alone and let them play. Amazingly the Kane line has 76 points though 24 games and can hit 250-300 points for the season if they can continue at that pace. All the scoring after that line is suffering but Toews’ 8 goals to this point is not too shabby and any line he is on will be the first line as far as most teams are concerned. It’s interesting that Coach Q has made that the anti-checking line in that usually the best checking forwards from the opposing team usually play against them and with Shaw and Garbutt this line can check with anyone. Also it seems like Toews has been playing more aggressive so it is kind of interesting watching this line shoot the puck in and go chase it. I’m not sure this line has enough skill, but where on the team is the 20 or 30 goal LW that can give this line a chance to be a top offensive line? No one is talking about it but it looks like Hossa is on the third line for good. This probably make sense since he is still fantastic defensively and maybe playing a few less shifts will lengthen his career. The team is still taking shape after adding so many new players but I agree with other comments that they are trending up. Personally I would not be anxious to trade anyone because it seems like many of the new players are just learning the system and have not hit their full potential yet.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I thought Daley had a very good circus trip. He seems to finally set into the present. He looked almost up to speed. Slow and steady improvement from him. That’s very good news.

    The whole team seems to be getting much more closer to what you’d normally see from a Blackhawks team. I give them a high mark for this start of the season.

    PS: I really don’t understand why Kane had 2 assist against the Kings. It seemed clear to me Anisimov had the secondary assist on Hjalmarasson’s goal.

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