Fleury, Blackhawks Find A Way To Lose

Editor’s Note: Thanks to everyone who came out to the watch party/book signing at Orange & Brew Bottle Shop and Tap Room in Downers Grove on Wednesday night. The crowd was great — we’ll definitely do something there again!

The Blackhawks hadn’t blown a third period lead yet this season. On Wednesday night, they checked that box.

Chicago took a 3-2 lead into the final 20 minutes but couldn’t stop the Carolina rally. Marc-André Fleury had his best performance of the season on Monday, but this one was far from that; he’d probably like at least two (if not all four) of the Canes’ goals back.

If you’re looking for a silver lining in another loss for the Blackhawks, the offense was there. Chicago took a two-goal lead in the second period thanks to their two best offensive players — Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane — once again leading the offense.

DeBrincat’s fifth of the year opened the scoring 95 seconds into the game. The first period lead lasted less than five minutes, however.

Kane’s fifth goal of the season gave the Blackhawks a lead early in the second period. Riley Stillman picked up an assist on the goal in his return to the lineup; MacKenzie Entwistle was also credited with a helper.

DeBrincat’s team-leading sixth goal of the young season gave fans some hope that the Hawks were going to actually hang with the undefeated Canes. And, for 40 minutes, they did. Seth Jarvis’ first goal cut the lead to one late in the second but the Blackhawks actually looked pretty good.

That all fell apart in the opening four minutes of the third period. Carolina tied the game 17 seconds into the third and took the lead at 3:26 into the final frame.

To their credit, the Blackhawks didn’t fold. They out-shot the Canes 12-7 in the third period and tried to push back but couldn’t score again.

Jeremy Colliton continues to rely heavily on his veterans. Too heavily.

Jonathan Toews won 13 of 24 faceoffs and skated 20:52. No other Hawks’ skater took more than nine faceoffs in the game; Juhjar Khiara won five of nine and Philipp Kurashev won five of eight.

In his second game back from COVID protocol, Kane led the Blackhawks with eight shots on net — but it took him 25:01 on the ice to get there. He looks refreshed and physically much better than he did before he was placed in protocol, but those minutes are going to add up down the road this season if Colliton keeps rolling him out there every other shift.

18 thoughts on “Fleury, Blackhawks Find A Way To Lose

  • November 4, 2021 at 9:03 am


  • November 4, 2021 at 9:18 am

    It’s quite the story having a Vezina winner on the team mentoring what could be a decent NHL goalie, but there was a reason Vegas gave him up for nothing and cap space was only the half of it.

    Once Carolina took the lead in the 3rd period JC panicked and started playing Toews/Kane every other shift or at least it looked like that. I think both Toews and Kane had nothing left on the 4 minute PP at the end of the game. Rolling 4 lines has to be an urgency more so than racking up wins, cuz racking up wins isn’t going to happen as they are currently coached, put together as a team.

    Was it me or did Jones look as if he was on his butt all night?

  • November 4, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I did not know of the book signing but I don’t follow social media, if your ever in the Northern Burbs and have one it’ll be great to announce it here. I read the 1st book and it was a good read.

  • November 4, 2021 at 10:02 am

    McCabe and deHann might be the worst D-men in the league, no improvement at all so far this year. The kids in Rockford couldn’t do any worse. One win, what do they have to lose?

  • November 4, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Leaving Strome in the press box to play RJ 4 minutes with a team struggling to score and already having Carp Khaira Entwistle and Hardman in the line up makes no sense and I’m not even a Strome fan but at least he can handle the puck something RJ can’t do at the NHL level yet

    It must be personal between Strome and JC because it’s not rational

  • November 4, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I posted on the other thread that blowing 3rd period leads is a hallmark of JC’s tenure in CHI

    I believe he panicks in the 3rd with a lead and so his team does too

    So no Strome and Carp is still out there on PP1 with 10 minutes to go and the Hawks desperately needing a goal – sure makes sense doesn’t it???

  • November 4, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Remember when the Blackhawks were that team that could always find a way to win? The Hurricanes are now that team. I was actually very happy with the game last night considering the competition and the issues the Blackhawks have. The final score was much better than I had hoped, particularly considering their last match up.

  • November 4, 2021 at 11:12 am

    WTH why is JC still the coach? Been asking for years.

  • November 4, 2021 at 11:50 am

    I keep noticing that we’re terrible at absorbing a strong forecheck…$ Jones, Stillman, and even MAF were the exceptions last night—inviting the forechecker to close, keeping control of the puck and then using the now open ice behind the forechecker to breakout; the top tier teams do this all the time…the Hawks manage to do it just a few times a game; instead the default seems to be panicked passing
    Btw – thought the “young guy” broadcast was actually pretty darn good

  • November 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Hawks (31/32 team )had a good game against the best team in the league who didn’t loose a game yet .Carolina number 1/32 ,I was expecting that kind off game with a bigger difference in goal .loosing by one goal against the no 1 team in the league is not like they where destroyed ,I would prefer a win but still love my Hawks

  • November 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    This game was not lost by the players. Tab hit the nail on the head. FO’s was heavily on Toews. He’s telling all the players that they are not good enough and he has no confidence in them at the FO. Colliton has his favorites…to a fault. A ridiculous fault. The 4th line of R. Johnson, Entwistle, and Hardman had under 10 minutes. Stillman had the lowest TOI amongst the defense. Colliton does not understand what his 4th line does. Those guys hit everything. They create chances through their physicality. Stillman led all defensemen in Hits. Once again, this loss is on the coach. Colliton sat Strome after a strong game against Ottawa. That demoralizes a player. Strome stepped up and Colliton’s response is negative. The team got their first win and then Colliton shakes up the lines. COLLITON IS THE PROBLEM!!!

  • November 4, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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  • November 4, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I will say this, our defense was better towards the end of last year when we had Beaudin, Kalynuk, Boqvist, Stillman, Keith, Murphy, and Mitchell than the matador defense being played by the group this year. Pathetic! You know what else is pathetic, hardly playing Johnson and Entwhistle! Way to go coach – I will certain have a toast to your firing when it happens, and it will shortly! Pathetic!!

  • November 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Gentlemen, you all know that the GM hires the coach. Do the Hawks have THE GM??? Until that question is answered we have JC! What I do not like about JC is that he was billed as a teacher! As most of you on this site have pointed out he is not teaching unless/ IF seating and sending down the young men is teaching? I would be giving them minutes, but I am not a teacher or coach. I think he is just VERY lost as an NHL coach.

  • November 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Have to agree with Earl, McCabe is terrible. When a team has a record as poor as the Blackhawks, everyone is to blame. However, McCabe has not had a decent game yet, and was directly responsible for the third Canes goal.

  • November 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    The new blood on this team just plain stink, McCabe, S.Jones, T.Johnson, and MAF….just face it, it will be a 2 horse race with AZ for the worst record this year. And it’s not all JC, the players need to be held accountable as well, they are on the ice playing the game, or should I say, not playing the game.

  • November 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Shhhh. Wait to get the gm and identity until the summer. We have a good % at getting 1st or 2nd pick. I would rather get it this draft then have to suck in 22 season for top 3 elites. The. We have the opportunity to get top 3 elites both drafts.

    Going as good as it can for rebuild through draft.

  • November 5, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    As bad as 1-10-change is we’re still only 2 games head of a couple teams and behind one team for top 3 draft pick.

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