Blackhawks Tried Hard But Lost By A Bunch… Again

The Blackhawks came into Thursday night’s game against the Canucks without a win of any sort through four games to start the regular season. The Blackhawks have yet to lead this season. And they have yet to begin a third period with the score even tied.

Here are the scores of the first four games entering the third period:

  • Game 1: 4-1 Colorado
  • Game 2: 2-1 New Jersey
  • Game 3: 5-1 Pittsburgh
  • Game 4: 1-0 NY Islanders
  • Thursday night: 3-1 Vancouver

Noticing a trend? Heaven forbid the Blackhawks score a second goal in the first 40 minutes of a game.

At least the Blackhawks ended the first period with the score tied on Thursday. After Jason Dickinson scored the first goal of the night for Vancouver (off a pretty pass from our old friend Matthew Highmore), the Blackhawks took advantage of the Canucks’ awful penalty kill to get back to even. Alex DeBrincat handled the business end of the scoring.

The Hawks out-shot the Canucks 12-9 in the first period and Lankinen looked solid.

Tanner Pearson gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead at 9:55 into the second, but the Hawks kept hanging around. That is, until Dylan Strome went to the box and was quickly joined by Connor Murphy, giving the Canucks a two-mad advantage for almost a full two minutes. Vancouver took advantage; Brock Boeser scored to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Canucks again in the second period (9-8) but Vancouver scored twice to nothing for Chicago.

The two sides skated back and forth with very little action for almost 17 minutes in the third period. But Vancouver took a penalty just as Kevin Lankinen was heading to the bench for an extra attacker with 3:10 showing on the clock and the Hawks still down two.

When Lankinen went to the bench, the six skaters the Hawks had on the ice included Tyler Johnson… as the net front player. So a 5-8 forward was “screening” a 6-4 goaltender while Kirby Dach sat on the bench. Add that to the list of marvelous strategic innovations.

The Blackhawks power play did nothing, Connor Garland left the penalty box and received the puck for an easy tap into the empty net for another Vancouver goal.

The final score: 4-1 Canucks. And the Blackhawks now have one point through five games (0-4-1) to start the regular season.

Before the game, the Blackhawks celebrated Patrick Kane reaching 1,000 points in his Hall of Fame career. Jonathan Toews appropriately awarded Kane with the stick and got the photo taken before the game on the red carpet.

35 thoughts on “Blackhawks Tried Hard But Lost By A Bunch… Again

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Outclassed and outworked by a better coached and more talented team. Seeing a trend here fellow fans? The road team that has been on the road for a week or so takes about a period to get their legs and then their superior talent and in game coaching takes over the game. Strome was typical Strome tonight,let’s move him before he loses more or any value. Entwistle got a whole 8 or so minutes tonight. Couldn’t use his big body at net front? I fear he is the next to be scratched. To be fair, I finally observed a little desperation and intensity in Toews 3rd period play. Kubalik has to give more all the time just not on the 2nd powerplay unit. Seth and Connor looked decent. Debrincat, Kane,Hagel were fine but it’s not enough. We need physical finishers. Tick Tock Colliton.

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    TW agree but think Strome may help if you put him in a role. I’m old school and need a shooter a passer and muscle on each line.

    Larmer Savard Secord

    If it wasn’t for Edmonton we could have had 9 Cups. Plus cheating Pittsburgh maybe 10.

    Kubalik Entwistle Kane
    DCat Dach Strome (Strome is muscle and you tell him to be the fricken muscle 210 6’2″)
    Gaudette Toews Hagel
    Khaira Borgstrom Johnson

    Tequila kicking in

    Jones McCabe
    Stillman Murphy
    deHaan Gus/Mitchell

    Gotta sleep Old Oak at 8

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    They gotta start going out and playing like they want to win, instead of trying to play like they don’t want to lose. Their got shelled early a couple of games, look like their trying to avoid that by playing the whole game like their trying protect a lead instead of going out and trying to get a lead. Frustrating for sure , i understand that 100% from people, but the enjoyment some get, is hard to figure, not my idea of being a fan.

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Boring game thanks to the Hawks

    Their 5 on 5 play is lack lustre because they’re thinking so hard about playing defense which ironically they’re terrible at if they don’t think about it – so JC can’t teach them to defend by being instinctual- they’re overthinking and not just playing and as a result are slow and uptight – it’s a hot mess that only a coaching change will fix

    A couple of classic Colliton line combos – first we had TJ between Cat and Kane all preseason and for two games when everyone but JC knew it didn’t work now we have Khaira with Toews – I’d rather have Entwistle or Gaudette there

    I’m fine with Khaira on the 4th line but not in top 6 – is it Reichel time?

    How long can JC hang on – do they have to lose every game on the home stand then head out on the road winless in 7 with a new coach? Not a good situation

    They could be out of it before JC is given his pink slip

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I can’t remember any 5 game stretch with fewer truly high quality shots. When there are good ‘scoring chances’’ even the usual snipers seem to hit the goalie square in the chest far more than normal, and lots of whiffs – can’t really blame that one on JC, it just seems like everyone is holding their stick way too tight
    Trying to think of a real positive… guess I have to go with Stillman’s nice hip check, he’s shown same Blake-esque talent in that department

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Tie score, then Strome takes a stupid offensive zone penalty and that was the end of the Hawks for tonite.

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    If Hawks don’t PARK someone in front of opponents net and/or use their pointmen so they’re playing 5 on 5 instead of playing 3 on 5… They aint scoring any goals… nice tip in by DeHaan along with screen job on Canucks 2nd goal… LMFAO.

  • October 22, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Another shellacking at the hands of the Vancouver twits , who have to be in the Hawks heads now !

  • October 22, 2021 at 12:44 am

    For this particular team as constituted the early season Colliton line blender is a dumb move. Many of these guys have not played together and you really needed to get off to a fast start if your goal was to make the playoffs. I also believe in J.R,s theory. You should have net front presence capability and some type of physicality on each line. The outside the dots smurf attack does not sustain any pressure or lend itself to get the puck cycle going. Detroit is a train wreck again so Sundays win will cure all that ails this team I guess,but I have been wrong before. Noticed Chris Kunitz behind the bench as the Euro coach Matell is out on Covid protocol. Boy does this organization need an entirely different staff.

  • October 22, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Thanks Tim W or your thoughtful response to my post on the last thread. The kiddo and I had a blast watching the Kaner highlights & festivities (she’s 9) &it kept her from asking for snacks… and boy did that baby of his steal the show!
    Seeing them live tonight I have come down to a few nclusions:
    JC has no friggin clue how to manage TOI for ANYONE; let alone the captain who shod be eased into the season while he gets his hockey legs back up.
    Q’s blenders worked for a spark or two, which is what I really thought a line blender was for (maybe I’m mistaken?).
    I feel like Jeremy’s teams have always been playing panicked/lacked confidence (forgot who mentioned it 1st sorry). it just escalates throughout the game. Everything is a sloppy mess by the end because there is zero definition of role playing–because of that whatever-the eff- zone tsystem crap he has them doing. That’s just what c ame to mind.
    Carry on fellas and have a happy Friday.

  • October 22, 2021 at 1:01 am

    These are your Chicago Blackhawks

    They play like the TinMan/Lion/Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.

    While Stan put together a talented team (like all others in a parity league)

    He put together a team with no heart, no courage and no brains.

    Until Daddy’s boy Stan gets das boot, it’s mediocrity on Madison.

  • October 22, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Are the Hawks really going to take a fall by bringing up Mitchell, Beaudin, Johnson? Rather watch them than Murphy, deHaan or Carpenter.

    This team doesn’t play for Colliton. He’s not NHL coach material.

    But keep the Kane, Hossa tributes going. Nothing to see here.

  • October 22, 2021 at 6:21 am

    this is like watching Alpo Suhonen coach again. where is the leadership? toews (TAB fill in your excuses) but how about a close door meeting without kid douche bag coach? Hossa was the true leader sorry but once he was gone the leadership sucked.
    face it, it wont be 10 or 20 games like all is saying when JC is fired…..blowman needs to be fired first and than JC.
    just wondering if i can find my college id, to get the 300 level tix discount next season but that is where we are head folks….memory lane 2000-2006. enjoy

  • October 22, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Just not good enough! Maybe we should stop believing that the team that Stan built for 2021/2022 is any good. The coach is bad, but we’ve known that for 3 years. This team has overcome his coaching deficiencies for 3 years, so what’s different this year? It has to be the talent. In the words of the great Chicago philosopher, Carlos Zambrano…”we stinks!”.

    The only way out of this dumpster fire is to get rid of the whole bunch! Until that happens, we’re just spinning the same record.

  • October 22, 2021 at 6:27 am

    SB trades- Cole Sillinger and 2022 1st pick for $Jones– Great Rebuild there
    Cole – power Center- who is starting in NHL – now 4 games -1g, 1a– elite shot, wins board battles

  • October 22, 2021 at 6:29 am

    DollarBill- you are the Wizard- good post

  • October 22, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Same shit different day. Still haven’t had a lead this season!!

  • October 22, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Was not able to watch most of game, but did see last 2 minutes +/-
    The so-called power play was appalling. There was no movement – none!
    They stood still and passed the puck around the perimeter of the zone and no Hawks player moved his feet or even hinted at taking a shot.
    If that snapshot was what the rest of the night was like, there are far bigger problems than Colliton.

  • October 22, 2021 at 8:21 am

    A 3 time Hawk’s Stanley Cup winning head coach was given 13 or 14 games at the start of a season before being dismissed. How many games does a coach with 86 wins, 87 losses, and 25 OTL get? I’d think 5 is about the right number.

  • October 22, 2021 at 8:47 am

    This is as lost as the Hawks have looked since before Kane / Toews arrived. However, this team can improve a lot. Someone needs to implement some structure both offensively and defensively. That won’t happen until there is a new coach. And there is a good chance that won’t happen until there is a new GM.

    There are some very useful pieces here. You just can’t see it because they spend so much time reading, thinking, then reacting that they look lost. Hockey is an instinctual game. And really really fast. If you have to take a few seconds to process and think you will always be chasing the play.

    These line combos and system have them looking as offensively inept as they ever have since K and T got here.

  • October 22, 2021 at 8:51 am

    OMG!! Boring game. Its getting to the point where I can’t tell if its the coaching or is it really the talent or is just one big chitshow!!!! I’ll listen to the podcast later after I eat.

  • October 22, 2021 at 8:54 am

    @hereismike1, bingo you get the gold star for today. I couldn’t have said it any better. Watching a Hawks game over the last 3 years feels like watching a fire drill: everyone is scrambling around, no structure or certainty, predictability. We bemoan bad plays but the team has to have a more systemic approach. Regardless of the result, this isn’t fun to watch. I hope that Rocky has the stomach for an empty UC.

  • October 22, 2021 at 9:33 am

    wheres rocky,rocky,rocky and a vote of confidence for his coach?

  • October 22, 2021 at 9:44 am

    @Bluto Thanks!

    And now for the rebuild, preferably without Stan doing it, but I’m so cheap!

    BTW, Lankinen should get the next start against Detoilet Sunday. He was pretty good
    but as per usual got no help from his D.

  • October 22, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I think old school Hawk fans know how the game should be played and even new Hawk fans that have seen the recent success of the long playoff runs and Cup wins now know what Championship hockey looks like. You can’t fool the fans anymore. Call it culture change, revamp, etc…. somethings gotta give now before this season is shot. I believe there is talent on this roster. It’s tough to be a contender every year in a salary cap era, I get it. But teams with a quality front office and coaching staff find a way do it.

    As much as I appreciate loyalty, I’m very disappointed in Rocky on letting it go this far along with the other shenanigans that we now know were hidden in the past. Wake up Rocky, you’re ship is sinking!!

  • October 22, 2021 at 10:22 am

    So JC has been coach for essentially 3 years now and we are still talking about his “system”. I cannot think of another example of a team struggling year after year and there being continued discussion of their system. As others have noted the team is unable to play fast and instinctively in the defensive zone, if you can’t see that then your eyes are closed. I believe one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. That seems to fit here.

  • October 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Soooo Funny…. High draft choice, (#1) , may just be coming here soon….Simple Simon says, “Can’t score, Can’t win”…. lol..
    Skerd to park in front of opponents net, good luck trying to blast one by goalies who see the puck.

  • October 22, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Chins up Haek fans. We will survive this dark time together and in the end be better for it. Until then,keep the pressure on and continue to report what you see and keep those solutions coming. I enjoy reading each and everyone of them.

  • October 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    So….these high paid Pros need to be coached ? They don’t know play the game correctly ? Is that what I am hearing ? Really ?? Yes Colliton sucks as a coach, buy players have accountability as well, and your so called Stars on the team are playing like min salary rookies. Toews….10 mil per year…ZERO Points !!!
    You know who I feel bad for…..the goalies, they have the worst team in front of them, that do not care about what is going on,and it shows when they are on the ice.

  • October 22, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Prediction- Hawks might get 1st win– Soderblom- is brought up to the Show and pitches a shutout

    then again- Colliton might figure out a way to lose while shutting the other team out… proving he is a great strategist

  • October 22, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    As a general rule, I think that loyalty and consistency in the organization (GMs, coaches) are undervalued in professional sports. But, we have reached the end of an era here. Please. I don’t cheer for anyone to get fired, but JC has definitely lost his way (if he ever knew the way). I don’t have any confidence that Stan can find the way, either. Change is needed. I can put up with losing when there is development and progress – bright spots along the way, like we saw last year. I’m really not seeing any bright spots so far this season, but I do think that the players are good enough. It’s on the coaching. Period.

  • October 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Big Rumor – SB and Hawks will hold big end of season awards ceremony –if Hawks finish near bottom in their division… Every player/coach/ staff member will be honored and get a Trophy… just for trying.

  • October 23, 2021 at 1:23 am

    LOL Bluto. That cracked me up. A participation Trophy for all! Frankly I wouldn’t doubt it now a days especially from JC and Stan.

  • October 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    This Colliton thing is not working! There’s still time to pull this out but I’m just not seeing it. First time in over 50 years as a Blackhawks fan that I’m so bored with a team that I cannot sit and watch the game!

  • October 23, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    The talent is not there. Yea coaching is key, but talent, hockey sense, and grit is hard to teach. Time for a Cubs-type clearing. Kane could help the kids in Buffalo and The Cat could fit in with any team. If JT can’t get his game back, then the team may just have to wait out his contract and go from there.

    The franchise has risen from the ashes before, so let’s just look forward to that and not kid ourselves about the current version of Black Hawks.

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