Blackhawks Waste Strong Second Period, Lose In Philadelphia Again

The excitement for a Saturday mid-afternoon game between the Flyers and Blackhawks was… something. Neither team is in the playoff picture, both teams have core veterans potentially on the move before the deadline, and we had the added bonus of an ABC television crew butchering basic facts (like Patrick Kane being the No. 1 overall pick and Dylan — not Ryan — Strome being on the Blackhawks).

Oh, and the last time the Blackhawks won a regular season game in Philly was 1996 (they mentioned it about a dozen times during the broadcast).

The opening 20 minutes gave us one goal, off the stick of Oskar Lindblom. Kevin Lankinen was trying to see around multiple levels of screens; Riley Stillman didn’t help him much and the puck was redirected about 10 feet in front of the net.

Stillman almost made up for the screen on Lankinen inside the final six seconds of the first period. Jonathan Toews won an offensive zone faceoff and Stillman ripped a shot that got the post but didn’t go in.

After one period, the Hawks were down one goal. Philadelphia out-shot the Hawks 12-10 in the first.

The second period was a completely different game than we saw in the first.

Toews won a faceoff and Alex DeBrincat sniped home his 150th career regular-season goal to tie the game at one only 24 seconds into the second period.

It was almost the same play the Hawks attempted with Stillman at the end of the first period but DeBrincat was able to find the back of the net.

A little more than 12 minutes later, Patrick Kane and Dominik Kubalik executed a nice give-and-go that ended with Kane finding Strome across the offensive zone for an easy rip into the net. Chicago now had a 2-1 lead.

The Blackhawks held the lead for less than three minutes. Cam Atkinson’s 19th of the season tied the game at two at 15:28 into the second.

After the goal, Derick Brassard and Calvin de Haan got into it in front of the net. DeBrincat jumped in to help de Haan and was he was dragged out of the pile by Rasmus Ristolainen (who looks to be a foot taller than DeBrincat). So who skates in and jumps on Ristolainen? Toews.

The result of the scrum was Toews, de Haan and Brassard going to their respective penalty boxes. Chicago killed the penalty and quickly took the lead back when the two sides returned to even strength. Strome scored his second of the day to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead late in the second.

The Hawks out-shot the Flyers 12-7 in the second period, scoring three times and taking a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Lankinen wasn’t tested much in the second period and did alright. That would change in the third period.

Brassard tied the game three minutes into the third period. And then Atkinson gave the Flyers the lead at 8:28 into the third.

The game was getting increasingly chippy from the middle of the second period on, and it started to boil in the middle of the third period. With nine minutes left in regulation, after they got mixed up earlier in the shift, Kirby Dach hammered Kevin Connauton into the boards. The hit looked to be clean, but it was high. Unfortunately, Connauton’s leg got messed up under the hit and his head made hard contact with the boards.

A minute later, after the benches chirped at each other for a while and after a save by Martin Jones, everybody was throwing hands once again.

The result of the fighting was Travis Konecny, Ristolainen, Caleb Jones and Connor Murphy all went off for two minutes.

Caleb was joined by brother Seth in the box 53 seconds later when he got mixed up with Lindblom, who got four minutes for high sticking at the same time. So there were three bodies in the Blackhawks’ penalty box and four in the Flyers’ with the Hawks on the power play for the first time in the game.

Chicago didn’t get anything done while they had the advantage, unfortunately.

The Hawks were struggling to get the puck into the offensive zone and keep it there for long in the final three minutes. They finally signaled for Lankinen to get off and immediately iced the puck. So Lankinen didn’t get to the bench until 1:50 was left in regulation.

And, with 86 seconds left in regulation, the Blackhawks got caught with too many men on the ice. Again. Even with an empty net… the Hawks had seven players on the ice. It was the second time in this game that the Hawks were caught with too many on the ice after doing it multiple times against Edmonton on Thursday. In a one-goal game late in the third period, there is absolutely no excuse for there to be seven skaters on the ice.

Appropriately, the Hawks passed the puck around the offensive zone for the final ten seconds of regulation and didn’t even get a final shot on net. Another loss in Philadelphia in the books.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Waste Strong Second Period, Lose In Philadelphia Again

  • March 5, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Can we start the rebuild by getting Seth Jones to waive his NTC PLEASE !
    His contract is an Albatross and his play scattered and inconsistent .

    Entertaining game, with an outcome most could see coming a mile or two away .

  • March 5, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    How many “too many men” penalties will it take for DK’s name to come off the head coach candidates list … it’s just ridiculous bench incompetence at this point

  • March 5, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Well…the Jekyll & Hyde Blackhawks are a regular thing. They are unable to put two games together, much less, one full 60 minutes. Toews is in faceoff form. Strome, while having a nice offensive day, is back to being unable to consistently win a faceoff. Dach? Take a guess. I heard his name a few times. But, with 14:03 TOI, he had 2 SOG and 1 Hit. I’d say that doesn’t cut it, but, Kane, with 21:09 of TOI had 1 SOG and 1 Hit. Now, to be fair, he was much more noticeable and was the Flyers’ main concern, that opened up opportunities for Dylan Strome and Kubalik. Toews also had a solid game. I could point out that he had 0 Hits. I could. But, I have had multiple concussions. So, I get it. He was physical. He did come to the aid of de Haan. Both served roughing penalties.

    Defensively, S. Jones was -1 with 1 SOG 1 Hit and 2 GVA’s. All with 24:28 TOI. Leading the team. He’s not getting it done out there. He was the big signing. The blue chip defenseman. He has to be better. Forget “needs”. His brother, C. Jones is getting more TOI than McCabe and Stillman. What exactly is the bar for “blue chip defensen”? I don’t know what the Blackhawks think it is, but I would venture to say, he’s not getting it done as he should be.

    Lastly, I’m not going to rip on any other players. HC King has shown a propensity for not knowing how to use his whole bench. It’s frustrating. He’s also not communicating with the players. 2 games and, I think, 4 Penalties of “too many men on the ice”. WTF? Are you not telling them who to go out there for? For example: “Lafferty, go in for Kane”. When Kane gets to the bench, Lafferty goes on the ice. It’s Hockey 101. I can deal with strong play and losing. There’s no excuse for 4 Too many men on the ice penalties. That’s coaching. That’s unacceptable.

  • March 5, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Good to see they’re sticking up for each other. This was a game they could’ve won, they seem to not trust themselves when play intensifies. Agree penalties are hurting them

  • March 5, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    they are at the top of the bottom fourth of the league, but would be fighting for the bottom without fleury.

    their next three best players are:

    kane – a terrific offensive player only
    de brincat – a goal scorer only
    s. jones – substantially down the list of best #1 d-men in the league who plays like a guy half his size

    the rest are bottom six forwards, bottom six centers, and third pairing d-men.

    and these are the games you get with a roster like this. generally twenty to thirty minutes of decent hockey and the other thirty minutes where they find a way to lose. the really bad games are probably two to one in relation to the really good games.

    good luck davidson. and fans.

  • March 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Was called away and missed 2nd period, so missed there best. What I did see was alot of inconsistencies in all areas that plague a struggling team.
    Strome fos numbers dipping of late may be due to losing Hagel to win those battles for 50/50 faceoffs. His % showed an increase when Hagel started playing on his line awhile ago.

  • March 5, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I was willing to give King a break after the 2 too many men penalties vs EDM but 4 in 2 games is a coaching problem

    Didn’t see the whole game but whenever I was watching I was reminded why I’m hoping McCabes CHI career is only 1 season long – Galvas is already a better D man – hopefully KD finds someone to take him if he even tries

    The Hawks routinely panic when the intensity gets ramped up – just too many players making too many mistakes

  • March 6, 2022 at 12:12 am

    That’s a great observation. If you see that, you would think SOMEONE in he organ-I-zation would also see it. I also wonder if, with Toews back, Strome took his mental foot off the gas. Hopefully, he’ll realize that he needs to keep that intensity so that this team has, at least, 3 centermen with a FO% of 50% or better. I know a few folks want Carpenter traded, but…he is that 3rd center that is getting it done. He’s also out there on the PK. I think Slavin may be his heir apparent, but Carpenter may not be going anywhere. He’s a valuable piece to any team that needs to shore up the bottom 6.

    As far as McCabe is concerned, I know he’s been a bottom 3 defenseman. In his defense, he had major knee reconstructive surgery. I didn’t expect him to be on the ice this season. That he is speaks to his physical dedication. He’s still healing. He may be faster and more reactive after an off season of rest and further physical therapy. He can be replaced and, with the glut of defensemen ready to make the jump from Rockford, he may be playing somewhere else. I’d be interested to see who you gentlemen think will be next seasons 6 defensemen with a 7th getting some playing time here and there. Let’s talk about it.
    Ian, you’re the guy who is intimately aware of the contract situation. If you wouldn’t mind, please go first. Thanks.

  • March 6, 2022 at 6:34 am

    Edman, Gus and Dehaan ufas shouldn’t be back. C. Jones and Kalynuk are rfas, Jones has arbitration rights, Kalynuk doesn’t, good chance one of them moved. All defensemen going between Rfd. and nhl are still waiver exempt next season. Stillman under contract fot 2 more years.

    On the right side see both S. Jones and Murphy back, with Regula and Mitchell as 3rd and callup depth there. On left 2 of McCabe (least likely to be part of a rebuild), C. Jones and Stillman. Kalynuk would be a good number 7 at least, who can play either side and at 25 he is close to Nhl ready as he is going to be. That would leave Galvas, Philips to battle for the other spot and callup depth. Craig mentioned Beaudin he heard isn’t considered a potential nhl player anymore, and seems to fit with their callups this season, so didn’t include him. Then Crevier and Vlassic maybe, grooming in Rfd as later season callups or for following year.

  • March 6, 2022 at 6:50 am

    It’s way past the time to show Calvin deCONE the door. Every time he’s on the ice, I cringe knowing that the opponent will have a high percentage scoring opportunity. The only reason he blocks so many shots is because he doesn’t clear the slot, or tie up an opponent. All he does is keep backing up to the blue crease until he screens the goalie. If blocking shots is his #1 priority – he should be reincarnated to be a goalie. (on any other team) ;) And…..being paired with Seth (major dissapointment) is a train wreck happening way too often. Don’t even get me going on Seth (Thanks alot Bowman!!!) ;) Wish I could say something positive on here once in awhile, but still waiting for something positive to happen. :(

  • March 6, 2022 at 9:50 am

    I will defend Seth – taking his year as a whole he has had a very good year – he’s got virtually no help on the back end yet he routinely makes the right play and produces offensively as well

    On teams like TBL or FLA he’d be even bigger star

    People are gonna grouse about what Bowman paid for him and that’s fine but that’s not on Seth – his play has been very good

  • March 6, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Undisciplined team that leads the league in Too many on Ice penalties. Their bench is disorganized and their line continuity is nonexistent. Bring in a real staff,kind of like Darryl Sutter,s,to instill structure and discipline. For God’s sake please get about 4 men in here to play clean and physical hockey so are sniper isn’t getting into scrapes with 6ft 5 245 pound opponents. The bolts are waiting!

  • March 6, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks Ian,
    So…RD: S. Jones, Murphy, Regula, Mitchell. LD: C. Jones, Stillman, Kalynuk
    Battles for time: Galvas, Phillips.

    Kalynuk could be gone but his ability to play RD or LD is a plus. I heard the same thing about Beaudin. Maybe the kid gets dealt. He may need a change of scenery.

    On the outs: de Haan, Gustafsson, and maybe Kalynuk. Though I hope not. I like the kid and his overall game. It may very well come down to contracts and numbers. Then again, I like Stillman and C. Jones. We shall see.

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