Blackhawks Rally Comes Up Short Against Carolina

If you like faceoffs, Thursday night at the United Center was your kind of hockey game!

The Blackhawks got a desperately needed win against the Canes on Tuesday night despite getting half as many shots on goal as Carolina had in the game. Kevin Lankinen kept them in the game long enough to win it, but the Hawks were certainly looking for an improved effort on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the first period on Thursday was more of the same. Chicago was only short-handed for 71 seconds in the first but were out-shot 13-3. Vincent Trocheck scored at 9:48 into the first to give Carolina a 1-0 lead, but from there Lankinen again kept his team competitive.

When Warren Foegele scored 2:22 into the second period the Hawks were chasing. They needed to change the momentum and start generating consistent offense for the first time in four periods. Lankinen was doing what he could, but the skaters needed to spend more time on the other end of the rink.

Carolina did the Hawks a favor taking a couple penalties in the first half of period two. Jordan Martinook and Dougie Hamilton served their two minutes without Chicago taking advantage, but the Blackhawks were starting to spend more time offensively.

At 15:21 the Hawks finally got one past James Reimer. Wyatt Kalynuk made a terrific pass to Dominik Kubalik and he put home his 12th of the season.

The assist was the first NHL point for Kalynuk.

Chicago out-shot Carolina 11-8 in the second period and took a one-goal deficit to the room for discussion before the third period.

At 5:46 into the third period, the Blackhawks tied the game. Kirby Dach set up Brandon Hagel for the game-tying goal. The play was close to being offsides but Carolina didn’t challenge. The game was tied.

The game remained tied for… less than two minutes. Foegele scored his second of the night and eighth of the season to grab the lead back for the visitors. At the time of the goal, Carolina had a 25-15 shot advantage in the game; Chicago’s only shot of the period went it in the opening six minutes of the third.

To their credit, the Blackhawks didn’t back down. They got back into the pressure game and were able to get back on the offense. Dylan Strome scored for the second time in as many games since becoming a father earlier this week, redirecting a shot into the net to tie the game at three.

Connor Murphy and Mattias Janmark were credited with the helpers on Strome’s seventh of the season. The goal is Strome’s 100th point with the Blackhawks.

Less than 90 seconds after the Strome goal, Hamilton ran over Ryan Carpenter nowhere near the puck and the Blackhawks got a power play. When the Hawks went on the advantage, two of their three shots in the first 12 minutes of the period had gone in.

The Blackhawks put great pressure on the Canes during the power play but weren’t able to beat Reimer, who lost his stick for the final 20 or 30 seconds of the advantage. Strome almost redirected another shot into the net; he was having a strong third period and overall solid night.

With 40 seconds left in regulation Kubalik got a great scoring chance and almost beat Reimer, who wasn’t confident he had the puck underneath him. He did, unfortunately.

After the ensuing faceoff the Canes got the puck, sprinted the other direction. A bouncing puck wasn’t cleanly collected by Lankinen and a trailing Jesper Fast put the rebound into the net with 28.9 left in regulation.

Chicago wasn’t able to beat Reimer in the closing seconds and a decent effort came up short. After a rough first period the Blackhawks rebounded and played well for 39 of the final 40 minutes.

Why the comment about faceoffs in the open? Kubalik and Alex DeBrincat were the only Chicago forwards to not attempt a faceoff in regulation. The two teams went to the dot 62 times in the game.

Lankinen stopped 28 of 32 shots in the game. Reimer made 22 saves against 25 shots in the game, but made a few huge saves in the closing minutes to earn the second point in regulation.

Strome won 10 of 18 faceoffs in the game and was credited with two takeaways and two shots on net. He was good in the third period especially. Carpenter won all five of his faceoffs.

Patrick Kane skated a team-high 25:27 with three shots on net. Kubalik led the Hawks with five shots on net.

35 thoughts on “Blackhawks Rally Comes Up Short Against Carolina

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Ugh! Good effort, but to lose like that…they blew it!

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Entire first period was reactive flailing-counting on nothing other than chance to even get the puck out of the zone, somebody would get the puck and send it around the boards with a hope and a prayer and then chase some more. By the second, the boys finally started to hold the puck for a second or anticipate where to send it, read the pressure and change the direction of puck flow big (behind the net) or small (short back pass), to actually get breakouts
    Sad that they couldn’t hold on to get a point because they continued fighting all the way

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    We don’t have much to complain about on this one once you get past the first period. I will complain about the Canes’ first goal. There was blatant interference against Boqvist on a pick that was not called. It is the primary reason Trocheck was so open. The Hawks deserved to be losing after the first period, but not on a tainted goal like that.

    The effort was good. However, the Hawks are in a phase right now where the pucks are continually going off their own players and either in the net or right to their opposition. The puck luck usually balances out in the long run, but it sure hasn’t lately.

    The first PP unit has gone cold. It was doing very well until they messed up the chemistry by adding Dach. It is not Dach’s fault, but there is no question the dynamic has changed on that unit. You can make a case that Dach is going to be on that unit for the next 10 years so there is no point in waiting to put him on it. You can also make the case that Dach is going to be on that unit for the next 10 years so what’s the hurry when it was working well before.

    Speaking of face-offs, the Hawks centers were getting thrown out on face-off after face-off. When your number once centers have a hard enough time winning, it is a tough deal to have your second choice. Soderberg seemed to get thrown out of every one of them.

    DeBrincat missed the net on a couple great chances. There had to come a point where he would cool down a little. As with puck luck, shooting percentages normalize over time too.

    The NBCSN announcers were highly complimentary of Kalynuk and felt he was poised and solid.

    Sometimes things just don’t go your way, but the Hawks fought and struggled and never gave up. It will be interesting to see the rest of the comments.

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Tab told the story. The 1st Period was just bad. I don’t often compliment the coaching staff…but…to their credit, they mixed things up and it worked. Unfortunately, the Canes got some dirty goals. They weren’t done by dirty play, just bad bounces and redirects off of Blackhawk players. Lankinen had no chance on those. He definitely deserved better. So, let’s get to the bad and the good…in my opinion.
    Bad, overall FO% was, again, a weakness. The FO heroes were Strome and Carpenter with 10-18 & 5-5, respectively. Maybe Colliton should experiment with Carpenter centering the 4th line with Kampf on the wing. It can’t hurt. Kurashev had 1 SOG which is one more than the last game. His TOI reflected his non-presence. Get Entwistle out there…or Johnson. Both should get some more looks. That’s really it for the bad.
    The Good: Kubalik was inspired. He was shooting the puck and led the team with 5 SOG. Lankinen. He wasn’t beaten by the Canes. He was beaten by accidental redirects by his own defensemen. It happens. Strome and Carpenter. Quality FO’s. The defense looked better. Kalynuk has earned YET ANOTHER game. He’s looking good out there. Dach got a point. He is looking better…except for the FO. He has got to get better if he is going to be the 1st line…or even 2nd line center. But, he’s getting better with his overall game. The overall defensemen were hitting and being more physical. Murphy led the D with 3 Hits. If Kalynuk keeps improving, especially if he gets tutelage from Keith, he will definitely be a keeper.
    Yes, the team lost. It wasn’t in the final seconds, it was in the 1st Period. If I had any suggestion for this team, whatever line you start with, have Hagel on that line. On to the next game.

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Brutal loss after all the hard work to come back.
    Brutal missed interference call against the Canes that directly led to their first goal.
    Brutal puck luck to have two goals against bounce off our own players and have a blocked shot bounce crazily leading to the game winner. It would be interesting to know how many goals have deflected off our players in the last week alone.
    Sure can’t complain about the effort. Hope they can keep working hard and get rewarded in Nashville.

  • April 1, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    OK, What was the faceoff brake down?

  • April 1, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Last 2 periods they played like they wanted to win and actually out attempted them, out shot them and out scoring chanced them. High danger chances were even. A pp goal woulda made a big difference. Didn’t quit, kept coming a bad last minute cost them a point. Faceoffs were 38 lost 34 won tonight not terrible but where it seemed to cost them the most was in pp it seemed like they hardly won any. With Hardman coming and if Janmark isn’t moved, may as well use Strome in the middle.

    Need a win against Preds Saturday, be big boost for them. Should be some trade talk happening soon.

  • April 2, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Hawks could have just as easily won that game on Kubalik’s late chance

    Thought JC was blending the lines very effectively- I like 12 77 38 and 8 24 88 and he also put Strome on PP1 in the third and that also worked

    Agree that although Kalynuk had a few turnovers he shouldn’t have he’s deserving of more games

    Heartbreaking loss but they battled well vs a good team playing well – now they have to keep that level of play up or exceed it

    With Dach and Strome showing better that’s some cause for optimism that maybe they can sustain a good level of play down the stretch

    Moving on

  • April 2, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Didn’t see the last 30 min or so of the game so I appreciate Tab linking to the goals in his summary. Before I left the house, about 6-7 min into the 2nd period, Hagel had a nice shot on goal right in front of Reimer and then about a min later, Cat had an open look as well that went for the first 10 min of the 2nd period, it seemed that the Hawks were getting good looks but just couldn’t bury them..sounds like we battled back a couple of times which might be a more important takeaway than the two points..this team tends to have trouble finding offense 5v5, instead relying on the pp to get them back into it was good to read that we were able to tie up the game a couple of times..good resiliency..also nice to see Kubalik continue his strong season, Hagel find the back of the net, Strome have back to back solid nights at the dot, and Kalynuk not looking out of place at all in the nhl..all positives moving forward.

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Got to start on time against quality teams,especially when you are at home. As the game wore on it looked like the Hawks young legs started to kick in.Boqvist and Kalynuk seem to be improving each game. Hagel has to be on the top line. His consistent play has earned him that spot. He just does everything very well. It was not Suter,s best night as he got horsed in the circle and lost his check on the game losing goal. I know he is playing way out of position but he still should be held accountable for that flyby on the last goal. Definitely a teaching moment. The physicality has to pick up. Opposing players need to be knocked out of position and off the puck once in awhile. This team is in desperate need of some strong voices and leadership on the bench and ice. When this team was getting physically beat down and is in the midst of that 1st period that they had tonight,there was alot of blank stares and silence on that bench player wise. I know they are very young but they are definitely missing a couple of type A personalities. Lets move out the rentals and dead weight and let the young guys figure out who is going to be their voice. Janmark,Walmark,Soderberg,DeHaan should be on the move for a couple of draft picks and maybe a quality center prospect. Get Entwhistle,Johnson,and maybe Hardman into this lineup.

  • April 2, 2021 at 3:04 am

    Ok getting off the ledge. Obviously a loss is not bad for the future this season but I like to win hockey games. Be it next year or 22/23 dot wins have to be addressed. Tough non point game.

    In the two games vs Caro notice less aggression or push back than vs Florida. A couple of hard checks into the boards against us were not addressed. Particularly one last game on DCat were his head was hit into the glass. He was a little slow getting back into the play after the hit.

    Side note. McChild elbows someone gets $5000 fine with no suspension. Reason is he has no history. Stephenson from Vegas gets 3 games suspension for elbowing. He has NO history. Player Safety states he has no history.

  • April 2, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Hawks continue to slide sideways. The fore check is not as aggressive and is late to the play, often with little or no support it seems a drop in intensity. From the couch my only take away is that with the return of starters like Strome and Dach who are very very reluctant fore checkers that might be one reason. So we get back to perimeter “stuff” drifting in the zone, reaching. So maybe you pick up a little scoring but you lose the four line intensity of a good fore check. Balance. Watch Vegas for one period you’ll get the idea on consistent hard fore check. Also a general observation as an old high school hockey player, the Hawks are only team with wingers and center ice men I see skate side ways, looking back and wait. Always waiting or looking and seldom skating hard to the net. Kind of waiting for thet long outlet pass or a play to develop. That is why you see so few hawks attack the net. No speed, Lots of drifting and perimeter play, no player making his own play?

  • April 2, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Some nights we win. Some nights we lose.

    Most nights we have better goaltending and can skate with anyone / can beat anyone.

    Nothing complicated about it.

    Like Seve Ballesteros said at The Masters after being asked about how he 4-putted a hole: “I meese. I meese. I meese. I make.”

    We win. We lose. We win again…

  • April 2, 2021 at 7:15 am

    What a whacky way to end that game last night. It started with Suter getting tossed from the dot and then not keeping up with the play. Defensively, we had Keith out of position, the puck taking a bad bounce off DeHaan, and Lankinen’s save coming right out in front for an easy score. We needed that point!

    I really liked how poised Kalynuk played again. Boqvist keeps playing better. Strome is magic (Tim W. :-) ). Kurashev showed up. Hagel is the energizer bunny. Suter is better than I thought. Kubalik is an all-star. Dach is getting stronger. While Kane and DeBrincat are elite.

    I didn’t think that anyone stood out last night, and I don’t think that anyone laid an egg. My glass half-full says that everyone got a 7, and my half-empty self gives everyone a 6. At times, everyone on the ice last night had spurts where they were a 6 and other times they were a 7.

    Damn, we needed that point!

  • April 2, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Loved the game if not the outcome. Hawks were sloppy, gritty and 110% effort. Just the kind of game that gives me confidence that the young Hawks are getting what it means to be in the NHL and will improve with time. Keep it up

    TDL: I think the Hawks should keep Carpy and Janmark for the remainder of the season. Two support players who give 100% and a “veteran” presence on both the ice and in the locker room.

    IMHO: “Dougie” Hamilton is a very overrated player but Pierre must have a man crush on him. (The most talented offensive D man in the league….really?

  • April 2, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Tim W – agree on your trade candidates but I’ll be surprised if even 2 get moved

    My guess is one of Janmark/Soderberg are moved

    Wallmark won’t attract any interest and possibly won’t be re-upped by Hawks and DeHaan likely doesn’t attract a good enough offer because he has another year left on his deal and teams don’t seem to be very interested in taking any term at TDL

    Maybe around draft he could move

    Strome noticeably better on FOs since returning which makes me think that when his FOs went south after a strong start to the year it was because of his undiagnosed concussion

    let’s hope his better performance at the dot continues – a couple of CAR goal came right off of FO wins

  • April 2, 2021 at 9:00 am


    trading de haan…… does it really matter what the hawks get in return? the 82 games of experience to be distributed between beaudin and kalynuk next year is a great return alone for de haan. anything else is a bonus.

    it’s not like bowman is going to be holding out for a first pick over the second pick that is offered.

  • April 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I just watched the highlights. On the play he made to set up Kubalik, Kalynuk recognized Canes were changing so instead of circling back he squared up so that as soon as he got the puck from DeHaan he was able to relay it to the streaking Kube. It was both a great pass and an alert, heads up play.

    As for him deserving another game, he has played two solid ones now so IMO he should get at least two more. We signed him because he was supposed to be ready. Let’s stick with this guy.

  • April 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Hawks29 – I get what you’re saying and I don’t necessarily disagree but what I’m saying is that other teams at TDL aren’t in a position to take on DeHaan’s contract for this year and next because of the flat cap plus then they might have to protect him in expansion draft at the expense of one of their other players or lose him for nothing so there’s a lot of reasons why a team wouldn’t even give up a low draft pick for him at TDL

    If they can move him then great- they need to open up another D spot on the roster but I just don’t think it’s likely

  • April 2, 2021 at 10:44 am


    all of your points are well made. just hope when bowman talks trade he values the playing time moving de haan creates over the potential return of assets in the trade. his mind set should be that moving de haan for a bag of practice pucks well suits the hawks and anything more than that is a bonus.

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Hawks29 with defensemen like Gostisbehere passing through waivers free for the taking with a claim and nobody biting because of of not wanting to take on term and other reasons Wrap said, hard to imagine be any interest in Dehaan at tdl. Think best hope is off season with expansion draft or when teams resetting their rosters might find a deal.

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:15 am

    With 40 seconds left in the game, the score was 3-3 and the Hawks had an o-zone faceoff and were looking pretty good to at least get the game to overtime … 11 seconds later – a faceoff loss, a bad gap, a deflected shot, a desperation kick save leads to puck in net and a 4-3 loss. OUCH!

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the final 28 seconds of 6 on 5 which saw, once again, Duncan Keith decide he should shoot the puck from the blue line which led to a waste of valuable time that could have been better spent having Lankinen shoot the puck from his goal crease. I love and appreciate what Keith has meant to the team through the glory years but I’ll be the happiest guy in town when I never have to see him shoot the puck ever again.

    There are lots of differences between a legitimate Cup contending Carolina team and the rebuilding Hawks team, but the two that stands out to me that made the difference in winning/losing are: (1) strength/size advantage that allows Carolina to win the majority of one on one battles, and (2) the proficiency and consistency with which Carolina plays their system and the Hawks do not. Both areas can and are being addressed as part of the rebuild.

    Focusing on the second point and comparing the two teams – Carolina makes passes instinctually (quickly) whereas the Hawks need a split second to think of what play to make. Carolina can play that way because their teammates are always in position to receive the pass and quickly move it up the the next cog in the wheel. The Hawks can’t successfully do that because (1) the player with the puck doesn’t instinctually know that (2) his teammate will be where he’s supposed to be and in position to receive the pass. The Hawks simply can’t play with the same level of proficiency because they have so many young and inexperienced players who haven’t played together long enough.

    All part of the growth process.

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Good points from ER. I will, however, continue to take issue w/ casting stones at Keith. Is he 24 year old? Not any more. But last night the Blackhawks were doing a good job in the third period getting traffic between shots and the net – esp Dylan Strome. Keith unloading from the blue line in the final seconds was clearly an attempt at getting a redirect and/or rebound.

    They’re asking Keith to do something different again this year: babysit and become the stay-home defenseman in his pair more times than not. And that hasn’t historically been his game. If the Hawks could get to a point where they had a puckmover with a stay-home guy on all three pairs it would help create more stability.

    I would love for the Hawks to roll 5 or 6 games with the following blue line:

    Keith – de Haan
    Boqvist – Murphy
    Mitchell/Beaudin – Zadorov

    Just let it ride and see how it plays out.

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Keith… MINUS 2 again… 2 more years til Hawks start winning…. must be in his contract to play 1/2 of every game.. lol

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Tab – that D line up puts DeHaan Boquist Zadorov and Mitchell all on their wrong side

    You could rearrange a little to help that

    Keith Murphy
    DeHaan Boquist
    Z Mitchell/Beaudin

    and still have a puck mover with a stay at home guy

    Although I want to see more of Kalynuk before going to something like this

  • April 2, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Kalynuk was decent to say the least. Hawks Defensive Crew is held together with chewing gum, scotch tape and kite string. Our bloggers here need to be mindful that trading anyone of the top three Murphy, DeHaan or Zadorov will cause a disastrous domino effect instantly. If the goal is to fall out of playoffs and drop to the bottom to get into a high draft pick then go for it. But the defense right now is tenuous at best.

    As I’ve said before Keith is in his last year, maybe next year max. Lay off Keith. He’s done and he’s not the type of dude to hang on and be embarrassed every other night. The word pride comes to mind.

    Keith should and could be a head coach. assistant or at least considered a defensive specialist for the Hawks. His skill set in his day was second to none. IQ off the charts . Hail Keith . .


    Go hawks

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    We added 11 after 2009 season for when we were ‘ready’. We added 82 81 then as well. We added 26 during the 13 season and 27 for a complete top 4 Defense after 2012 season/at tradeline.

    So we take care of getting needed DEF FW and players good at faceoffs when were ‘ready’ no need to do it before hand.

    Before hand is the time to add top 8-12 picks and as many 30-45th picks as we can trade up for.

    Laod young wave! Trade up for five top 45 picks. 8-12 25 32 38 45. Yeah Babaaaay!

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    I agree with laying off of Keith. Is it his fault that at 37 years old, he has spent the last 15 years as the Hawks clear cut best defenseman? At this point he would be a fantastic number 4 guy who can do a bit of everything, plus teach younger players. But unfortunately the Hawks have failed to unearth any other top pairing defensemen in that time so Keith is still the best thing we’ve got, and must slot up higher. Murphy is the only other guy who could be looked at as a top pair guy and he is really a great number 3 right now.

    Force feeding the young guys into more situations they are not ready for and ice time against top guys they can’t handle is not going to make this team better, but worse, and really fast.

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    If Kalynuk in tomorrow, which seems likely wouldn’t mind seeing a Kalynuk Boqvist pairing some of the time as 3rd pair just to see how they look together. Keith Dehaan play shifts to gether anyways so nothing new there. Maybe not late in a close game but try them throughout and more if they respond good or less if not. These guys are the future, sit Dehaan sometimes after tdl if not moved be ok too, play Boqvist and Mitchell, one with Keith and one with one of the other youngsters as 3rd pair. Not giving up on the year, but if they fall out of a playoff spot in the standings by a few points, playing catchup against Preds and Stars in standings not high odds of being successful i don’t think.

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    It’s alright Tab. ER is just a naysayer. LOL!

  • April 2, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I get that criticizing Keith is unpopular – but just to be clear that the criticism is very specific to one thing and has nothing whatsoever to do with him being 37 or his defensive play or that he isn’t as good as he used to be or his passing of his elder skatesman leadership or anything other than his shooting, or to be more specific WHEN he decides to shoot. His shooting stinks and it more often than not hurts the team when he shoots rather than make a pass so someone/anyone else can take the shot. There are times when anyone should shoot, even Keith, but he shoots when that isn’t the case as if he believes he’s the best option to shoot at that time which is rarely the case.

  • April 2, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    ER – I feel your pain. Around here we refer to Keith shots from the blueline as “2 hoppers”. Get it??? Yes, we laugh while saying it – not cry. His shooting percentages for the last 3 or 4 years are near record low levels. I understand the rebound hopes, but he probably misses the net as much as anyone in the league, when he isn’t nailing the guy directly in front of him.

    I am more disturbed by who he was covering during that last goal. Someone please tell me what he was thinking. Please. Blah blah blah HOF player. I get it. But don’t write checks your account can’t pay. I am a results oriented guy, not an excuse maker. Talent is what it is. We all lose it at some point.

    As for sitting the vets after TDL if we don’t free up a spot on the left side of defense – I think de Haan is a more stabilizing force on the ice than Keith – he tends to be in position more. So that leads me to say that 2 gets plenty of time to rest after TDL. If it sounds like I am bitching about Keith, well, you are correct. He’s not a stabilizing force on the defense while 5 on 5.

    My eyes say Kalynuk had a pretty decent game, now more than one in a row too. And he is on his off side. He needs time on the left, which pairing him with 27 would accomplish. So I like Ian’s idea there. We MUST start seeing our future left Dmen playing there, not on their right sides only. Yes, we have a logjam. And it will stunt our growth if we don’t address when we can.

    Was not happy to see 27 slow down and coast too many times last night, including later in third when he very casually went to boards and didn’t fight for a puck. I don’t recall seeing him after that purely lackadaisical play. That was the right coaching decision if I am correct in what I saw. The one on the PP with Lankinen I can write off to just a lack of communication, but by now those two should know what the heck they are doing together in that situation.

    Yes. I have a low tolerance for a lack of effort. I don’t ask much of players. Just bust your ass and do your job.

  • April 2, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    With less than a minute left; face off in offensive zone; how do you send Kane, Suter and Cat out there! Needed someone with at least a chance to win the FO, backed up by checking line to preserve the point. Then rested Kane and Cat for the 3 x 3.
    Coaching lost this one.

  • April 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Does Pieere/Peenis with ears smoke crack? Why is he so ???? towards certain players.

  • April 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Keith’s shooting has been terrible for years, he is the king of hitting the defender in front of him in the shins as if he feels his shot can break walls. If they can convince him to go the Seabrook route that would be great. I appreciate his past contributions but father time has won

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