Blackhawks Receive an Afternoon Wake-Up Call

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The Blackhawks had a matinee in Los Angeles that could have extended their winning streak to nine and won coach Joel Quenneville his 500th game as a coach. From the looks of their play, however, they were ready for a night game.

After dominating one of the best teams in the Western Conference in San Jose on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were shut out by an Anaheim team that beat them in every aspect of the game.

The Hawks have been one of the best, in my opinion the best, defensive teams in hockey to date but didn’t show up on Friday. They gave up an uncharacteristic 34 shots on goal, more than 10 better than their average, and Cristobal Huet let three get past him as the Hawks were shut out 3-0.

Despite the Hawks having the second-ranked power play killing unit in the NHL, they allowed all three Ducks goals with the man advantage. The Hawks only killed two of the Ducks five power plays on Friday, and Jean-Seabastian Giguere took care of the rest. The Ducks goaltender stopped all 28 of the Hawks shots to earn the shutout.

Also contrary to the Hawks recent stretch of great play was the number of dumb penalties they drew on Friday. The Hawks took two nearly consecutive penalties late in the first period, the second of which allowed the Ducks to score their first goal of the game. Dustin Byfuglien also drew two bad penalties in the game.

Teemu Selanne scored two goals, giving him 14 for the season, for the Ducks.

3 thoughts on “Blackhawks Receive an Afternoon Wake-Up Call

  • November 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    That one penalty Buf got was BS. Had the authorities been watching, they’d have seen the skates lock and the fact it was an accident. And, sorry, but Jiggy should have gotten a penalty for coming up swinging. I realize Buf fell on him hard, knocking his mask off, but even a goon like Buf wouldn’t do that on purpose. I don’t think he’s THAT stupid. Not like it matters much, anyway. Would have been a 2-0 game rather than 3.

  • November 29, 2009 at 3:06 am

    PS: Just got back from the Hawks/Kings game. I totally understand the hatred toward Sopel now. I had tweeted earlier to #blackhawks that you can’t really appreciate just how bad he is until you see him live. The guy was like an amateur at the local neighborhood ice. :( He sort of just stood there on the ice, drifting most of the time. He seems very reactive, not proactive… and not very good reactive at that. Totally underwhelming.

  • November 29, 2009 at 7:59 am

    The game with the Ducks was a disappointment because they didn’t seem to remember to play a complete 60 minutes. I know you can’t do that every game, but this trip was the time to do so.
    As for the Kings…we seem to *play down* to their level just like the Hawks use to when a new team would enter the league. Go out there and blow them out, time to get all the points possible.

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