Hawks Waste Power Plays, Fall In OT

The Blackhawks and Stars will play twice – once in each city – over the span of three days. And Thursday night’s Round One was a good display of why the two teams were tied in the standings coming into play.

Chicago spent 6:44 on the power play in the first period but finished the 20 minutes trailing 2-1. At 14:46 Mattias Janmark opened the scoring with his fifth of the season.

Alex DeBrincat stayed red hot, tying the game nine seconds later.

Remi Elie went to the box at 16:41 but the worst of the Blackhawks’ first three power plays cost them. A turnover at the blue line sent Radek Faksa off to the races between Patrick Kane and Cody Franson. Kane was called for hooking, and Faksa converted the rare short-handed penalty shot opportunity to give Dallas the lead.

In spite of the Blackhawks spending so much time with an advantage, Dallas held a 15-7 shot advantage after the first.

Elie was back in the box for 1:16 to begin the second period and the Hawks were able to capitalize. Kane made a play that reminds you – again – of how special number 88 in red is, feeding Artem Anisimov for the tying marker.

Chicago would only put three shots on net in the second period and their inability to generate offense cost them again. Elie, who had a busy box score, gave the lead back to Dallas at 14:04. Dallas was credited with a whopping six shots in the second.

The Hawks came out firing to start the third period, matching their ten shot total from the first two periods in under ten minutes. And at 4:34 into the third, it was Kane making another big play.

Kane’s tenth of the season trails DeBrincat and Anisimov on the team leaderboard, but it tied the game at three.

Jonathan Toews went to the box for hooking at 6:43 but the Dallas advantage would be short lived. John Klingberg went to the box for four minutes after he caught John Hayden in the face with a high stick 47 seconds later, leaving the Chicago forward bleeding.

But, again, the Hawks did nothing with an extended power play.

Late in the third with Dallas’ Esa Lindell in the box, coach Joel Quenneville used his timeout and sent out a power play unit of Kane, DeBrincat, Toews, Gustav Forsling and Duncan Keith. Chicago didn’t convert, again.

Neither team would score the rest of the way in the third period, and we headed to overtime.

Free hockey started out ugly for the Hawks. After a partial change, Kane and Brandon Saad collided at center ice and Janmark blew past Keith and beat Corey Crawford to win the game for Dallas.

Chicago finished the night 1-7 on the power play; Dallas scored as many goals while Chicago was on the power play as the Hawks did. That’s not good.

Crawford had a good night, allowing four goals against 35 shots. Ben Bishop only needed to make 19 saves to earn the victory.

Ryan Hartman was credited with an assist on DeBrincat’s goal but skated only 7:43 in the game. He was also credited with one hit and one blocked shot and won half of his six faceoffs.

Toews won nine of 14 at the dot and was credited with one hit in the game but took two minor penalties (neither of which were converted). Anisimov won 12 of 25 and was credited with two hits with his goal in the second period.

Brent Seabrook skated only 14:08 and committed a brutal turnover that led to Dallas’ third goal. Connor Murphy was better, skating 15:53 with two blocked shots, two hits and the other assist on the DeBrincat goal in the first.

Forsling led Chicago with three blocked shots. Lance Bouma was credited with a team-leading four hits. Kane led Chicago with five shots on net.

These two teams are back at it in Dallas on Saturday night.

36 thoughts on “Hawks Waste Power Plays, Fall In OT

  • November 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    The call on the penalty shot was terrible. Kane lifted the stick never got the blade of the stick on the hands. What made that call even worse was mins later the puck took an odd carom from the glass in behind Bishop, Forsling has the puck with an empty net, the Stars player flying towards him completely hooks/ slashes right across the hands and Forsling barely misses into the side netting. A completely disgraceful miss by the refs, considering the mistake that preceded it.

    We need to stop turning the puck over in the middle of the ice. It is really hard to get a gauge on this team right now because the losses are the same thing regardless of opponent. Careless play with the puck and we get punished. Need to be better on the puck and that means everybody. Until we can do that every night it is really hard to judge this team. And if they can’t do that then they will end up fighting for a wild card and getting bounced in the first round again.

  • November 30, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    No more power plays please.

  • November 30, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    This was a really bad loss for the Hawks. Sure they got a standings pt but still, so many places to look and point fingers. Let’s start with 10 shots after 40 mins, against Dallas? 1 for 7 on the PP and they gave up a short handed goal; Yuck! Speaking of special teams, how the F did Seabroke and Sharp find themselves back on Special teams??? Also why was Seabroke logging top pair mins with Keith again? That’s Coaching, put players in positions to be succesful. Any idiot can see Seabroke and Sharp don’t belong out there on Special teams.
    How about Toews whinning after taking a hooking penalty? Christ even Foley said it was valid call. Then he gets rung a 2nd time for another hook. Cmon Toews 10million dollars to not score calls, but now acting like a child? Bad look, Bad effort, Bad loss!

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Hawks core showing no spark or urgency. Power Play is shit. Crawford can’t do it all himself. Youngsters don’t have enough experience yet. Q better do something quick or there will be no post-season for these guys this year.

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Well … so much for that positive trending thing. The Hawks came out and laid a big fat lazy egg. They were lucky to get a point.

    Starting with the Captain who made a lazy little dink pass just inside the blue line that got picked off and ended up being the Stars first goal. On the wrap around, Crawford had overslid his crease and couldn’t get back in time to stop the wrap around. Toews was at the corner of the net in place to block the shot but his hand/eye coordination has deteriorated so much that he got his stick blade caught his stick blade inside the goal instead of on the outside which may have allowed him to stick check the shooter and prevent the goal. Toews also took 2 hooking penalties and did his now usual bellyaching and whining routine as if he thinks he deserves special treatment of something. Other that that he wasn’t very good.

    Then there was Crawford, who has been great this year – but not tonight. To put it bluntly, he stunk. All 4 Star goals could have and probably should have been stopped. I already mention he overslid his crease and couldn’t get back in time to stop the wrap around. One the penalty shot and the GWG – he looked to be in a trance or stupor. He just stood there and didn’t move. I don’t recall ever seeing a goalie so statue-like on a penalty shot or shoot out. And then the other (3rd) goal was a nothing shot that Crawford stops more times than not. But, can’t expect him to be great all the time – so, oh well.

    Then there’s the overall effort, or lack thereof. Only 7 shots on goal in the 1st period when the Hawks had 4 PPs. And then to come out in the 2nd period and get only 3 shots on goal. The whole team should be ashamed. What a piss poor effort.

    Just when it looks like they may be getting on the right track they come out and play like they did tonight. There’s a whole lot more to complain about from this game, but I’ve had enough for now. Besides, I’m sure someone will cover Seabrook’s disastrous night, so I don;t have to bother.

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Power play with a chance to win the game with 3 minutes left and zippo.
    Nashville and for that matter, St. Louis would likely have scored and won at home.
    The point being, you have to win your home games. Period !
    Big win for Dallas tonight.

    2 more games in this stretch and then Stan really has to be honest with himself.
    The Toews-Saad ballyhooed reunion is very underwhelming. Add to that Richard (Flash in the) Panik has not scored in forever. Brutal !

  • December 1, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Hawks need to sell at the deadline and reload the team with young talent before Kanes career is done so they can make another run at the cup down the road in a few yesrs. Even if they make the playoffs this year they will probably get swept in the first round. My guess is Mcdonaugh wont let Bowman do it because of marketing pressures to justify ticket prices by trying to convince fans they have a reasonable chance this year. I have an idea lets trade Dcat in order to dump Seabrooks contract and then use the salary cap space to sign a veteran on his last legs. (sarcasm).

  • December 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Agree with Ebony Raptor, this was a dead effort and they were lucky to get a point. I would say that no one played well tonight. They have to start winning central division games.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:12 am

    That penalty they called on Kane for the penalty shot is as weak as it gets.
    I recall Dcat getting crosschecked right in front of a ref in the preds game and no call.
    I gotta say officiating in all sports is pretty bad right now and the NHL may be leading the pack.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Definitely didn’t have the legs last night, expect alot better effort tomorrow night. Teams seem to be focusing hard on Toews and really running him alot. Looks like every team is saying slow him down abd top line loses its offensive threat and possession abilities.
    Crawford was back in his crease on 3 of the goals last night, thats when he is vulnerable on high shots. Late in 3rd when he stole the point he was at top if crease challenging shooters. Road game Saturday good chance that could be Forsbergs game.
    Schmaltz still playing at high level, Forsling 27mins and almost 10 on special teams, just keeps getting better.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:26 am

    A pretty lackluster performance is topped off by a Keystone Cops OT performance. Pretty frustrating to watch. Glad they got a point but that one was tough.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    19 will not play well as well in heavy game weeks (4 or 5)
    Goldenrug bang on-not enough Central Div. points this year. Saturdays game really important as they will have a rested Kings team Sunday-who have won three in a row.

    Abe 7 power plays isn’t enough?

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

    We didn’t play that good in 1st and 2nd. Still good to get the tie. That has us at 4-1-2 in this 7 of 10 against top 10 teams. The goal is 7-3/6-3-1 kind of record and were right at that already. Even though we didn’t play good in first two periods we have only been beaten once in 7 games during this stretch.

    Worry about division points/another thing to talk negative about. Good thing we have only played what 10 games against division. We still have 40 more right. Ian how many have we have played/have left against division. 2 pts is still counts for 2 pts rights regardless of who you play right.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Ryan your right even though we didn’t play good in frist two periods doesn’t mean we didn’t deserve to win. That was a horse shit call PS and they didn’t deserve to up 2-1 because of that. Then to top it off they let them get away with same thing on a open net goal. I hear it all evens out though. I am still waiting for that.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Pathetic “effort”. Time to face the reality that this team is no longer a contender. Bowman’s job now is to try to convince Toews and/or Seabrook to waive their no trade clauses and send them elsewhere, even if it means eating some of the money. Toews just doesn’t produce near enough to what he’s being paid, and he’s been mediocre the past three seasons now. He’s worth about half of what he’s getting paid, if that. All he does is take penalties then whine about it. I don’t think he’s even a top 100 player in the league right now.

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The first line is a mess. Panik has no hands and Saad is not cutting it offensively. I would move Schmaltz to top line on the right side where he belongs. Dcat could then be moved up to 2nd line LW. Kempny must really be in the doghouse. I would prefer him over 7, 5 and 11 at this point. 19 better get it in gear or this team is going nowhere.

  • December 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Mo 26 games this year against own division. 2-5-1 record so far.
    Blues 0-1 play 3 more after March 18th
    Preds 1-2 play once more Jan. 30th
    Stars 0-1 play 3 more twice before Christmas and again in Feb.
    Avs 0-1 play 3 more after Mar. 1st
    Jets 0-0 play once in Dec. & Once in Jan. Plus 3 more after Mar. 1st
    Wild 1-1 play once each in Dec.,Jan., &Feb.
    Wild and Jets 5 times total and the rest 4 times this year.

  • December 1, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Well, this was the Hawks 5th game in 9 nights. Throw in travel to FLA and Nashville and you have some players with a little less jump in their step.

    All in all, not a horrible game. Ryan is correct, the non-call on Forsling was horrible and THAT goal could have changed the game.

    Forsling and Rutta seem to be playing with more “calmness” to their games. I loved it when Forsling pulled the puck off the wall behind our net and skated between 2 Stars players and went right up the ice. That kid is gonna be a top 2 defenseman in the next couple of years.

    We need to get some traction and consistency over the next month………….let’s see where this all goes………

    GO HAWKS!!

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I am glad that people are commenting on the Toews whining on penalties. Even when there is absolutely no doubt that it’s a penalty, we get the whiny face and mouthing to the ref. It is tiresome. I also agree with the comment that he is worth half of what he is being paid and is probably not in the top 100 players in the league. Crow was not stellar last night and the wrap around was brutal, but it wasn’t a good effort in general. ADB has one of the best releases in the game. Quick, smooth and effortless. I think the case can be made that getting a point when you play poorly is not a horrible thing. A few weeks ago, they would not have gotten a point in this game.

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Ian: great point re: Crawford’s positioning. Crawford still played well overall despite for him having a sub-par game. When we criticize/lay blame upon the Hawks’ players and coaches, Crawford should either not be on the list or at the very bottom. He has been a picture of consistency and outstanding play for many years now.

    1961: agree re: Kempny wholeheartedly, I am not a fan of Franson, he has been “ok” at best, and I can’t wait to see Q use him solely on the power play in the playoffs, b/c that’s when he will be truly exposed defensively. The power play is Franson’s calling card — that phone was disconnected last night and in Nashville as well. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a player in Q’s doghouse make it completely out to become a productive player; Kempny for his own sake needs to be traded, I’m sure Bowman can fetch a draft pick for him.

    Lastly, as 1961 correctly noted, Panik is playing more like Morin (circa ’12-14) than the Panik of last season for most of this season. I don’t know what the rush was by Bowman to throw an unsolicited, nearly $3M cap hit at him after the first date. He needs to pick up his play on an urgent basis. Whoever proposed the trade of him to Edmonton for Letestu great idea, I don’t see Edmonton making that trade unless we throw Kempny in as well. Their D is a mess, I think Edmonton GM would make that trade.

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I left the UC last night feeling let down and that the previous few hours offered up a very disappointing team effort by the Hawks in a divisional game that was important. Sadly, a clear regression from what had appeared to be a nice run of pretty good hockey from this club. Not acceptable to come out so flat. Stars put the game on a platter taking 4 penalties in that 1st period. Basically no shots on goal and little concerted offensive pressure. Stars get some credit as they really took away passing lanes and forced the Hawks PP to the perimeter. 2nd period was a piss poor effort as well to my eyes and again strangely very little offensive pressure.

    I think Crow tweaked something in the 1st and through the rest of the game just looked sluggish in net. Sure he made some fine saves especially in the 3rd, but he wasn’t on his A game and I’m hoping it isn’t a groin pull. One would think if he was hurt that subbing in Forsberg would have happened. Anyway I don’t think Corey looked right physically last night for whatever reason. Hopefully he’s ok.

    Toews line seriously didn’t cut it last night and yes teams are beating on the Cpt it seems every game. Not acceptable for this line to lack offensive production. Has to get better and soon or some substitutions need to be made.

    Odd note. When was the last time we saw Kane deflect a shot in for a goal? I think it had been very long time.

    Seabrook last night was as bad as I have seen him play in some time. We all know his level is down, but last night it was glaringly evident. Sad to see such a warrior in decline and given his reduced minutes it’s even worse. Thankfully Forsling stock is on the up and up and I’ll throw Rutta and Murphy in there too. Good to see those guys gaining confidence.

    Sorry to be a downer, but nothing good came from last nights game for this team. Lets’ see what they bring out of the gate tomorrow. Right now emotionally as fans we have to not get to high or low, get used to the ups and downs, and hope this team can sneak into playoffs healthy.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Maybe fans of some other teams would have the same complaint, but it seems to me that ever Hawks opponent have players that can control the puck better than Hawks players. I don’t mean dangling with the puck like Kane – I mean things like fishing the puck off the boards, getting control of the puck when it’s in their skates, swatting the puck out of the d-zone, etc. It’s almost like the Hawks players know they can’t win one on one battles so they rush the play before they are engaged physically – their focus is divided between gaining control of the puck and watching for an opposing player closing in on them.

    Crawford is the worst passing goalie I’m ever seen. Every time he tries to pass the puck to a team mate it has at best a 50/50 chance of the team mate getting the puck. If the team mate is 10 feet away – he makes a 20 foot pass. If the team mate is 20 feet away – he makes a 10 foot pass. He’s always been that way and it would seem he should be able to get better over the years – does he practice puck handling for when he’s out of the crease? If he does, he needs a better teacher. If he doesn’t, shame on him because too many times his passes are giveaways.

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    “I would prefer him over 7, 5 and 11 at this point”

    Hawks1961, Murphy has been just fine, and is getting better each game. In fact, he rates as the Hawk’s best blueliner using all the advanced stats metrics, despite not getting the favorable zone starts that Keith, Seabrook, and Franson get.

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Doom and goom is silly-they are a competitive team that probably will get in-if Crow stays healthy-

    Toews isn’t an elite player anymore but does a lot really well-HE won’t live up to the contract. He’s a 7/7.5 million dollar player, IMO
    Keith starting to slip, and has no goals in 25 games–but he is at least a top 2/3 d-man, while Seabrook is a 5/6 at best.
    Panik reverting to what he was labelled as-top 9 with some grit and decent hands.
    Kempny should be getting some minutes–Q?
    Future bright with Forsling, Ruutu, Schmaltz, D-Cat, Hayden and hopefully Hartman, and Saad.
    How long will 88 still be elite?
    Highmore, Sikura and the young D-prospects in Jokiharju, Krys, and Mitchell will add excitement.

  • December 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm


    Cmon EB worst passing goalie?

    I hope the Organization doesn’t continue to make bad decisions on the direction of this team. I’ve heard @ Tab and another talk about the team needing another center and yes they do, but is this team another center away from beating the Blues, Preds? This is a team that’s won 3 postseason games in the last 2 years. If the Hawks are sitting outside the playoffs at the halfway point if I’m SB I’m selling and I’m opening up the doors to everyone for 2 specific reasons. Number 1 this NHL draft is supposed to be a very deep draft. Number 2, the standings are extremely close some idiot gm is going to overpay for a player. Who can forget Martin Erats trade to Washington and the Caps run to the cup and Erats contribuations! Oh yeah that 2nd part didn’t happen.


    Who could have seen this as a bad move???


    Sack up SB stop making the right moves instead of the wrong moves!
    RIP Time Sassone!

  • December 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Crawford on ir Berube up

  • December 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Phil, astute observation re: Crawford hurt, he did so in 1st period yet played rest of game regardless, he must have hurt hamstring, he is on IR now.

  • December 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Major bummer on Crawford going on IR. That explains why he stood there like a statue on the penalty shot and OT goal.

    @SSHM: I think Crawford is a top goalie, even with a stinker every now and then. But the weakest part of his game is when he leaves his crease to play the puck. I’m not being hyperbolic when I state he is the worst passing goalie I’ve ever seen. There may be goalies even worse at passing the puck then Crawford but I don’t recall seeing one. I doubt there is a statistic kept on goalie passing so my assessment is purely anecdotal, but I feel fairly certain that at least 50% of the passes he attempts is so far off the mark that an opposing player gets it.

  • December 1, 2017 at 3:27 pm


    I agree with your statement about Crow when he leaves the crease sometimes its an adventure. Remember back to 2010, Nemo and Huet were both pretty bad with the puck. Antti Raanta wasn’t better than Crow either. Around the league, King Hank and Bobby Lou are both HOF goalies and both are in the team picture with Crow as puck movers. Either way, Crow going on IR is a HUGE loss to this team. Explains his game yesterday.

  • December 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I agree Okie, Murphy has improved recently. He is a hard hitter. Let us see how he is doing several weeks down the road. Call me skeptical.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Tazer hes every right to act like that when a penalty is called agasint him. Maybe a little less then he did though. For as much shit as he takes from other teams players regularly throughout whole game without other team getting called for it. Crosscheck to lower back/interference/hooking/holding these are done to Tazer almost every game and they donot call the other team for. Almost ever.

    So he every right if anyone does to react like that. Try having 50 penaltys done to you without a call then they call the first one you do. How would you feel/react. He has the right (not putting team in jeopardy) to do these thing to the refs see how they like it.

  • December 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    1961 could be a good time/near future like after we finish this 7 of 10 against top 10 teams to get the lines arranged for the good run we will have in DEC.

    8/12 on lines with 20/19/88 which ever way.

    Ian thanks that’s what I thought we have only played 8 and have 18 games still against div teams. When you think about it its hard to go by anything in the fisrt 15-20 games since that’s how many games Hoss says it takes to settle in. I would be curious what our div record is after the forst 20 games/like games 20-82 that’s what I am more interested in.

    Dunlop/Phil yea ups and downs we just played really good for about 10 games. That’s one game (when a 5in9) in a 3in4 when we played hard and outplayed NAS in the back to back of that 3in4.

    We just had a good stretch after a ok start. Lets give the guys a breather after this may games in days and against top 10 teams. Then we can come together as a team and get on a roll.

    Your with us or against us.

  • December 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    The Blackhawks are 2-5-1 in division Stars are 2-6 and one point ahead in standings. A win tomorrow night could be a big one later on. Blackhawks currently tied for 2nd wildcard spot.

  • December 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    We should have better puck luck in the other 18 against div. It always evens out right. We outplayed the teams and got outplayed 4-4 each but have a 2-5-1 record.

    That excellent offside instant replay is a 2 game swing right there.

    Were better then people make it seem. Whats really encouraging is how deep were going to be again for the yrs coming up (and as we go along now). Look at how much faster we are already then last yr.

    Were going to play good in DAL.

  • December 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Listen I have seen a lot posted in this thread about this needs to happen, that guy sucks, this guy is whinny, and on and on and on…

    The problem with this team is that there is no predictability in the play.

    We have good defensemen that do a good job of defending and our Forwards help back for the most part. We also have quality Forwards touted and unheralded that have shown the ability to score and our D men have surprisingly shown an ability to help out in attack as well.

    I don’t care what line changes are made, every single line struggles in the transition from Defense to Offense. The Middle of the ice, between the blue lines, has KILLED us this year. We are so indecisive on the puck. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing AND the right foot doesn’t know what the left foot is doing. This leads to frustration, IE the lack of effort some see or the frustration some see. Whether it is keeping the puck too long, forcing a pass, not reading the attack fast enough, not reading the D and trying to pass thru them, just a poor pass OR whiffing on or scuffing a pass this team turns it over WAY WAY to much for any other part of the play to be adequately judged. IMO

    You can agree, disagree, call me nuts or whatever. However, this is something that Q has preached for years and this team has been the worst in transition, between blue lines, in his tenure. I am shocked at the turnovers and more importantly shocked that there hasn’t been changes by Q.

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