Boring Blackhawks Outworked By Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks came into the United Center losers of seven of their last ten. They scored nine goals total in their previous five games — and five of those came in a 5-1 win at the Jets.

So the Blackhawks let the offensively challenged Canucks skate circles around them for 40 minutes.

Chicago was out-shot 11-6 in the first period. They were out-shot 10-8 in the second period. And the Blackhawks blocked 20 more shots in the opening two periods. They didn’t have the puck much, and when they did they either turned it over or put a mediocre shot on net that had no follow-up.

And they were doing this with Jaroslav Halak in net for the Canucks.

And the Blackhawks had two and a half penalties of advantage time.

Alex Chiasson scored for the Canucks in the first and Brock Boeser added one in the second.

Saying the effort from the Hawks was flat would be giving them too much credit. They were curing insomnia.

It took 13 minutes of the third period for anything to change on the scoreboard. Finally, the Blackhawks generated something positive. And it was Connor Murphy with the Hawks’ first goal to cut the lead in half.

Game on, kids! Patrick Kane picked up the only assist on the Murphy goal.

But we aren’t allowed to have nice things, remember, so the Hawks got caught with too many men on the ice with 3:07 left in regulation chasing one goal. So they went to the penalty kill with limited time remaining in regulation.

The Hawks killed the penalty, the goalie sprinted to the bench and… nothing. Luke Schenn found the empty net from about ten feet in front of his own net to extend the lead back to two with 20.6 seconds left in regulation.

And that’s where it ended. A boring, lackluster effort ended with another in the loss column.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 of 31 shots. He wasn’t the problem. The skaters in front of him blocked a season-high 30 shots.

Which means… the Hawks spent most of the night playing defense.

Jake McCabe and Calvin de Haan were credited with seven blocks each.

Two Blackhawks — Kane and Murphy — had more than two shots on net in the game.

MacKenzie Entwistle was credited with six hits. Which is nice.

Dylan Strome won seven of 12 at the dot. His improvement has been really good to see lately. Unfortunately there was no offense from anywhere on the Hawks’ roster, but he’s been much better this month.

60 thoughts on “Boring Blackhawks Outworked By Canucks

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    When Laferty is one of your standout players for the game you are in trouble

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    The pre-game show they were talking about making the PO’s…..smfh

    When will they the pundits realize that although blocking shots is
    nice it also means they ain’t playing with the puck, which then means
    they are on their heels

    Nice write up Tab…..they stunk it up

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Boring is an understatement. Can we now get Kalynuk out of the press box and put Gus in seeing there’s no chance of the playoffs?? Wonder what 2/3 of the “advisory” committee took with this game?? Sharp admitted that he’s excited at the chance for this. Which also means they haven’t done anything yet, but they are interviewing people anytime now. Clown show continues.

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Borg 9 minutes
    Kubs 10 minutes
    Entwhistle 9:30 minutes
    Kurashev 10:50 minutes
    Connolly 5:30 minutes

    When your top players aren’t playing, why not give the guys who hustle
    a shot, it can’t get any worse or can it?

    2 comments seen elsewhere

    Love these nights when they decide they will peel off the puck carrier all night instead of actually engaging the puck carrier

    The Blackhawks have yet to win a 50/50 puck tonight.

    Did i hear Foley and Edzo saying Golf is coming early in Chicago?

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    S+S – spot on; a miserable game to watch, really deserved to be shutout

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Glad to see someone woke Coach King up in the 3rd period. This team is full of 4th line players with very little talent. Past time to play all the kids and see what they want to keep and lose the rest. Get a GM and a coach to get going this year no need to wait until the season ends.

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    They aren’t wrong…

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Barely watched this game – sorry to say I fast forwarded through most of it

    Pitiful from puck drop – at 1-0 felt like the game was over and it was

    They’re gonna keep playing the guys who could be traded until they’re traded so nothing even interesting is gonna happen until TDL unless they decide to bring Reichel up before then

    I guess if Soderblom gets a start that’ll be interesting

    If the Hawks complete more than 2 passes
    I’m a row that would be interesting

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Reading at the post here I would say Hawks lost 8-1
    Didn’t see the game .
    Good for me .

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Have to agree with all. Was at the game. Best part was that I was in a 200 suite all on scholarship. Had a couple of NCAA games on TV. Great drinks and food. The dessert cart never disappoints. Can’t wait for TDL.

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    dach stat line tonight.

    an even strength assist, but -2 for the night so he was on the ice for all three canuck goals.

    one sog in twenty+ minutes toi.

    3-9 on face offs.

    two and a half years now. just when is it the learning curve begins?

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    I hope all the people here read some of those replies from the Twitter feed Tab supplied. We are the laughingstock of the League. But hey, we got an “advisory” committee now!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Advisory committee- of 3 outstanding former hockey players- this is a publicity stunt but Wirtz family to distract from the poor product on the ice! These three are no more qualified to select a general manager that the top 3 ticket Hawks holders ( Ha! Maybe another PR stunt!)
    Would you hire the 3 top performers in sales to select a Chief Financial Officer?
    Get real! At least put a “former” top GM on the selection committee… nuff said!
    Hey – how about that game last night? The next one? The Olympics? Upcoming Masters tournament?
    Gonna be a tough finish to the season!

  • February 1, 2022 at 7:14 am


    Thanks for getting those minutes, I was going to pull them and ask the same question. I heard DeBrincat say that they were flat. How about saying Strome Kane Dach and I were flat! How can you be flat with less than 10 minutes on the ice? Did you warm up poorly? The best way to motivate a player is to have them sit for an extended period of time. You just can’t keep putting the square peg out there, let the others get some time and try to win the game on effort and let the 3rd and 4th line guys try to win one for once. Clown King!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 7:24 am

    so dach was drafted to possible replace Toews; boy toews has mentor him well, he is mirroring toews each day aka Casper the Ghost 2.0.
    this is dach time to shine but he is as busted up as a dayton $2 hooker.

    from the time Hossa retired, THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP ON THIS TEAM.
    most of this roster would not be able to crack the top 10 forwards or top 4 for defence on other teams.

    sad to say we will be watching rosters from 1999-2006 yet again for another 5-7 years.

  • February 1, 2022 at 7:43 am

    The Hawks are becoming lame. This advisory committee is lame. Chelsea Dagger is lame when you are losing big and finally score a goal. The Hawks are lame the way they let opposing players abuse them. They need to bring Gabriel up to deal with Hartman tomorrow night for his vicious hit on DeBrincat.

    How aggressive can the Hawks be at the trade deadline, given the GM situation?

    Maybe it was fair to assume that a price would be paid for all those Cups. The fans are now paying a severe price. If handled properly, the price didn’t have to be this high.

    The only way to make the rest of this season interesting is to see what the young players in Rockford can bring. People don’t want to burn a year of Reichel’s ELC, but at least watching him would be interesting. This isn’t.

  • February 1, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Why keep skating deHann, Mcabe and Gus every game and don’t say it’s to upgrade their trade value. Ain’t nobody wants these turnover machines and for those that say they’re shot blockers they’re just to slow to get out of the way. Been a Hawks fan for 60 years and this team just plain sucks!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:23 am

    @Earl – Overall this team sucks! The front Office knows this and are just trying to by some time so people keep watching and show up at the stadium. I paid attention to Kirby Creighton last night, and I was wrong. Adam Creighton is not his ceiling, Mark Bell is his ceiling! Pee Yew!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Rob’s….Gabriel to deal with Hartman ? Gabriel couldn’t catch him if he tried.
    How about the Hawks play hockey ?? And like most have said here, this is a bad team. Other than Dcat, he is the only goal scorer left on this team. Kane is fading away fast….no longer a relavent “Star” . Just face the facts, this team is and will be stuck in a rebuild for here on out. No light at the end of the Tunnel…..that’s for sure.

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:46 am

    ROBS: Excellent point, Hartmann needs to be taught a lesson plus they have other agitators, Foligno and Duhaime. Greenway is a cheap shot artist. Probably the Cat will have to play “enforcer”. We’ll see, everybody is laughing at us anyway, this shouldn’t be any different. Exactly why did the “intern” get Gabriel if he’s just hanging in Rockford?? Will have to take this up with the “Advisory Committee”. Did somebody pick up Hossa at the airport yet?? Got to make it look like they’re doing something!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:49 am

    JR Roman: Any idea how many empty rows of seats were there at the game last night??

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:53 am

    @Tommy Ivan–ah yes Mark Bell, the ABC line of the dark teams 1.00.
    yes Kirby does reminds of this bust.

  • February 1, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Quite a few Hammer. Look like the 200 seating section most empty. The stale beer promotion probably working in the 300 level but still had empty seats. The suites were in 100 and 200 probably not half used. Maybe 15 to 20 people in BMO Harris lounge.

    Heard it here first Hawk4Life. Matsuyama repeats. I root for JT.

  • February 1, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Thanks JR, just curious. They announced a little over 17K in attendance and the cameramen are rarely showing crowd shots anymore.

  • February 1, 2022 at 9:54 am

    17k in attendance???


    Dach – now Focusing on the D side of things….

    I don’t know which one is more ridiculous and laughable!!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:02 am

    As much as it pains me, I think Goose is spot on. The on ice leadership is lacking and in hockey more than other sports the team captain dictates the style of play. Case in point, the Blues did not take the next step until they banished Backes, they were tough but not cup contenders. If Toews is not willing to stand in front of the net, the other player are going to be less willing. In general the Hawks complain too much about the officiating, faceoffs become a debate, this has to end. I also noticed last night that as the Hawks get knocked to the ice, they were slower to get up. Toews spends a lot of time on his butt. Toews has to move on or retire.
    On ice leadership is not the biggest issue, lack of direction in management and lack of top line talent is. The whole thing needs to be blown up. Hold on to S. Jone, Kat, and Kane and use the rest to replenish the prospects. I think its safe to say that the next Hawk’s playoff run will not include Caleb, Carpenter, Khaira, Kurashev, Connoly, Gus, McCabe and the list goes on. If there was a GM in place maybe there would be a plan for the future. What does it tell you about the Bowman days that Beaudin or Kalynuk can not push C Jone out of the starting line up. No GM, no plan and no player development. Lastly, what happened to Kane’s one timer. If he is injuried, it makes no sense to skate him this season (20min/night). All effort needs to be spent developing young players and building a new team identity. Wasting time is on Rocky.

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Can the overhaul just be done right this time? –the quicker we move from Kane-Toews centered team (and commercials) the better. Great, impactful players that soon need to take the curtain call.
    Now the draft of the next two years–

    I really hope there is some shot at Bedard in 23. Shane Wright is good and may be another excellent NHL center but Bedard may be generational. Hawks need to be in the 23 mix. With Toews, Kane and Fleury coming back next year (as some have wished) they will be just good enough to not be at the bottom area.

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:25 am

    @Tommy Ivan……now just imagine that King gets an extension after KD is
    named GM…..smfh

    Weren’t Hossa, Sharp, Edzo part of the Hawk organization during the Beach
    fiasco? They’re all thanking Danny/Rocky for being able to help in the PR stunt.
    The organization hasn’t moved on from the Bowmans/McD type organization.

    Everyone making the choices for what goes on is still associated with or has
    learned from Bowman/McD….big trouble ahead!!

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Dach….what a major dissapointment in all aspects of his game. Hasn’t won a faceoff in his entire career, can’t finish at the net, out of position at both ends, goes to the bench for a line change at bad times, does some nice crossover figure 8’s when he should be doing hockey stops, lazy on back checking, weak along the boards, etc; etc; etc – but yet King keeps throwing him out there to kill penalties on the 2nd unit. Would rather join the scrum in the corners & behind the net by poke checking with his stick. He is lost out there & seems to be emulating the “Kane uninterested glide”.

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:31 am

    @Ron McAdam – Right on brother! I have been saying the exact same thing and get roasted for not giving the “ute” the opportunity to grow. It’s so frustrating watching him try to figure it out!

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Watching this D is basically watching the same player each shift. With exception of S. Jones, there are no real game-breaking, difference-making D-men on this team. Slow, turnover machines who couldn’t hit the side of a barn from the blue line. Why the F can’t the GM and the coach see that and play the younger guys – at least to assess what you have? Each year the Hawks bring in these borderline AHL, journey D-men the more they weaken the potential of the young talent.

    Also, the forwards – how many times do they lose the board battles in the opposing zone? It’s like every time.

  • February 1, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Could this rut right now in Dach’s game be attributed to King?? I remember when Kid Coach was here, Strome just couldn’t get a break, couldn’t get on the ice and King comes in, he gets a chance and now look at him. Could this be the same with King regarding Dach?? Every coach has a doghouse with usually a player or two in it, could this somehow be the problem with Dach?? How much coaching exactly is King and company doing and what are they doing with Dach to help him out??

  • February 1, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Dollar Bill: Spot on with that assessment, doesn’t seem like the Hawks want to clean house. Look at Sharp the other night, “Kane says if he scores, he’ll give me a fist bump skating by”.

  • February 1, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Agree with the ute movement but you gotta play what you wanna sell. So showcase our moving pieces and after the TDL go young. Three or four years we will be contenders again. If JT and Kane stay fine. Next year will be easier to move if they desire. If not shorter contract with aim of moving them when that contracts ends.

    1) Get as many #1s for ’23 at TDL
    2) Finish no better than 3rd pick this year.
    3) Get as many #1s for ’23 at next TDL
    4) Finish last next year.
    5) Get Bedard

    When Toews retires or time with BH is over make Kane Captain. When Kane retires or time BH over make DCat Captain.

    Look for size after picking Bedard in draft.

  • February 1, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Think a Kubalik for Tippet would be good. Is Kubalik for DeBrusk still out there?

  • February 1, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Michkov and Bedard– 2023

    agree– collect as many 2023 1st/2nd rounders as possible

  • February 1, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Yep the 2023 draft is much deeper and much better than the 22 draft from
    everywhere that I’ve read.

    Problem is if KD and the same scouting department are making the choices
    then it’s Stan in reality making those choices. Outside of Panarin the European
    scouting has been OK, while they get some skilled players, none have actually
    moved the needle.

    So unless the whole scouting department is changed it won’t be any better then
    when Stan was in charge. That’s my $0.02

  • February 1, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Regarding UFAs from Europe

    I think the 19/88 cup effect years – are well behind us… Hawks will struggle to compete to draw Best UFAs- the “shine” has wore off

    Other than the super cool Indianhead on Jersey… why play for this team now

  • February 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    I hope whoever is new Gm uses the opportunity to create a new identity for this team, because their identity right now is a team that sucks. Goaltending future looks bright with Lankninen, Soderblom and Comnesso leading the way for quite awhile there. With a no. 1 guy in Jones and lots of potential support coming in all sizes and a variety of skills in next few years, the blueline doesn’t need a major overhaul right away unless somebody believes that next year is a year to make a cup run.

    Forwards need to play different and a coach who make it happen. Outside of Cat, Hagel, Reichel and yes not giving up on Dach yet to be another blunder trade that nobody wanted made, no real keepers. Toews and Kane a question mark what they’ll decide. Right now doesn’t look like they are going anywhere but things can change quickly, neither one really looks happy this year, so never know what could happen. Toews being seen at practices, so seems like he may be back sooner than later but again, never know. A coach who can give this team a new identity and Gm who can build a forward group around that core with a real solid plan is what is needed to turn this around.

  • February 1, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Any no.1 picks acquired for next year will be lottery protected like Blackhawks no.1 this year. So only pick that gets them Bedard is their own.

  • February 1, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Ian is that automatic that it is protected or is that negotiated during the trade between the two teams?

  • February 1, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Not mandatory but pretty well a given it will be. Best hope would be to luck out like Avs did on Byram, where Sens i believe used lottery protection the year before and then next year had no protection and they Avs got the 4th pick.

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    How did the Hawks get to this point? Their Central division rivals have all found a way stay at least somewhat competitive.

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Thinking any picks we get for this year’s draft give the other team playoff protection. Make a trade for picks and if the team we trade with doesn’t make the playoffs they keep the pick and it turns into a ’23 pick.

  • February 2, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Yotes said ” I get out of Colorado” once they won.

    Minor trades happening.

    Tampa moving minor leaguers. Maybe that’s how you build back to back Champs. Know what you got early and move pieces or get pieces before they get to the show.

  • February 2, 2022 at 6:10 am

    JR the Bolts did it by sticking with draft picks and developing not scraping them in early 20s or loading up on lotto picks. Kucherov at 58th, Point at 79th, Palat at 208th, Cirelli at 272nd, Ross at 118 th, Killhorn at 77th, Cernak at 43rd, Vasilefsky at 19th and Foote at 14th. A couple of relic generational types in Stamkos and Hedman still around, plus some key adds like Sergachev, McDonough, Shattenkirk, Schenn, Gourde, Goodrow, Bellaire, T. Johnson etc. No pick higher than mid 1st since 2009, and only 2 1st rders since then, Vasilefsky at 19 made the most of that pick obviously.

  • February 2, 2022 at 6:25 am

    For where Dach was taken in the draft all I can say is BUST.
    In hindsight, I’m sure glad they got rid of JC to cure all their ills. Be careful what one wishes for. He seems to be doing just fine with team Canada Hockey.

  • February 2, 2022 at 6:29 am

    JR thats why i’m saying the Blackhawks have the opportunity to draft and acquire young forwards and develop them in next few years while the D and goalies who take a little longer in system now become ready to contribute at nhl level. We can dream about lotto picks, if it happens great but somebody still has have a chance to put solid group of forwards here that are ready to compete. A good start is what they look like after tdl and then heading into next season.

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Just looked at Cap Friendly, wow. Only three forwards not drafted by Tampa. Perry Maroon and Bellmare (all really for muscle and or veteran leadership)
    The D two drafted. Both there for the long haul. Hedman already Foote for future. Two of the three traded for Sergechev played only 4 games for Montreal Cernak traded before he played in NHL.

    Scouting Scouting Scouting. Will Detroit get like that with Stevie Y now?

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:50 am

    I know the bolts are good at everything, but the Penguins have been amazing
    at developing and purchasing talent while only having ya only having Sid, Malkin
    and Letang as a core.

    All they do is keep on winning.

    As for the Hawks, well we see it before our very eyes. One has to realize that
    they’ve only gotten rid of Stan, McIssac, otherwise everyone else has stayed in
    place……that’s scary as Danny is giving the keys to those guys. The dark age of
    hockey is back in Chicago.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    DollerBill the positive i see is the scouts have found good talent. The decisions of not sticking with them and moving players too soon is something that is solely on Bowman. Hopefully see a shift in that philosphy, which is a big thing a new Gm, KD or someone else can change for the better quite easily, the rhetoric around Reichel could be a signal of that already happening. Can only hope so anyways at this point. Some other off ice changes probaly need to happen no doubt, but judging someone only on the they fact they worked under Bowman isn’t something i would agree on.

  • February 2, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Looks like maybe Kalynuk playing tonight. Which Hawk will knock Hartmann on his rump for the shot on the Cat?? My $$ is on either Connelly or Lafferty. Because there’s nobody else. Town Hall meeting at 6 PM?? Odd time for a meeting right before the game.

  • February 2, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Beer Pack now advertising for TWO, 24-ounce beers!!! Maybe they hope people will be in the john half of the night instead being able to see the action.

  • February 2, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    only good insight on this website my go to for hawk stuff

  • February 2, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    “For where Dach was taken in the draft all I can say is BUST.” – Voose Masko

    Really?!?! Dach is 21 – think it might be a little early for that judgement? Dach 6G 9A 15PT … Kaapo Kakko (who they were blowing incessantly before the draft) 5G 9A 14PT *on a much better team*.

  • February 2, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    @ Hammer…my choice to go after Hartman is Cat, well maybe Kane

  • February 2, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Townhall starts with a lovefest between Edzo and rocky……sigh

  • February 2, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Good thing Rocky was at the town hall to liven it up a bit. I almost fell asleep. Besides the almost “begging” for all the Season ticket holders not to bolt, all we really got out of that is the “Hockey Mom” will be pretty busy, they are still no closer to even starting to interview GM candidates, and they force their players to put mustard on pop tarts and make them eat it. I’m warm and fuzzy.

  • February 2, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    “For where Dach was taken in the draft all I can say is BUST.” – Voose Masko

    Really?!?! Dach is 21 – think it might be a little early for that judgement? Dach 6G 9A 15PT … Kaapo Kakko (who they were blowing incessantly before the draft) 5G 9A 14PT *on a much better team*. -Dickie Dunn

    Or, they’re both busts? Full disclosure, i think it’s early still to call either that, but it is annoying watching Byram and Zegras (the center I wanted if we went that route) having much more success than Dach to date. Was super stoked anout how well Dach played against Edmonton and Vegas in the 2020 postseason, but he’s really regressed since then. Hopefully he gets it figured out soon.

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