Jets Fly Past Hawks

The Blackhawks didn’t get the memo that their Christmas break didn’t start until Wednesday and the Winnipeg Jets were happy to hand them a loss on home ice.

Carcillo WPG

Winnipeg put three goals on the board in the game’s first 15:30 and Corey Crawford was shown the door.¬†Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Little took advantage of nice screens from Johnny Oduya to beat Crawford, and Anthony Peluso was the the end of the night for Chicago’s starter. Crawford faces 13 shots and watched the skaters in front of him give the puck away with uncommon frequency.

Antti Raanta came in and allowed a power play goal to Perreault, his second of the night and eighth of the season, in the second period. When coach Joel Quenneville pulled Raanta with five minutes remaining in regulation, Blake Wheeler found the empty net for his tenth of the season and closed the books on one of the most boring, mediocre performances of the season from the Hawks.

Marian Hossa was the only Hawk to get pissed about the performance. He scored the team’s only goal in the second period and threw a Jets player off his back as he carried the puck up the ice moments later. Unfortunately, nobody other than Hossa came to play.

Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked four shots and Oduya led the team with five. Hjalmarsson led the team with two takeaways, but that pair left a lot to be desired; Oduya and Hjalmarsson tied for the team’s worst 5-on-5 Corsi For at minus-five each.

Michal Rozsival didn’t take a shift in the third period, but Quenneville indicated he “should be ok” after the game.

Andrew Shaw won 12 of 13 faceoffs and Jonathan Toews won 14 of 25 in the loss. Brandon Saad was credited with the only assist on Hossa’s goal.


Also on Tuesday night, USA Hockey faced Sweden in their final tune-up for the upcoming World Junior Championships. After a dominant 10-5 win that saw Blackhawks prospects Tyler Motte score twice and Nick Schmaltz add a goal of his own, the US announced their final roster for the tournament.

There are four Blackhawks prospects among the 13 forwards on the final roster: Motte, Schmaltz, Anthony Louis and John Hayden, who was named an alternate captain earlier in the day.

All four of the forwards are playing college hockey this season. Hayden, Motte and Louis were drafted in the third, fourth and sixth rounds of the 2013 Draft, respectively, while Schmaltz was the first round selection of the Blackhawks this past summer.

21 thoughts on “Jets Fly Past Hawks

  • December 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Tab- thanks for the Only good news of the nite… that the Prospects on USA played well…

    Motte- I hear the guy has a motor and gets to the dirty areas… Can he join the Hawks after WJC???

    The effort tonite pretty much mirrored several of the 1st games of the season, Nobody getting to the net, no speed thru the Neutral zone, and TONS of TO’s!!!

    UGLY!!! Avs just whipped the Blues, and Preds next!!! Might get F-UGLY!!! real fast with efforts like that!!!!

    Runbad– Being Runbad again!!! But in his defense -He wasn’t alone.

  • December 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Yikes! Yolks! Gutsy preformance by the Jets. We have to solve that Hutchison fella before we get a serious mental block every time we face them. Good on Hossa for showing everyone how its done. Giveaways, pick offs, checks kept us terribly off balance. …even my beloved Carcillo got his arse handed to him and creamed in a joust. Just a terrible terrible night. Our guys must have been dreaming about sugarplums.

  • December 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Using a poker term, the “tell” on the Hawks is how well or poorly they pass. When they are mentally prepared and focused on proper execution, they complete both ends of a pass very well – making the pass to the disired location, and receiving the pass. Conversely, if the majority of pass attempts don’t hit the mark or are not received cleanly, the Hawks can’t play the puck possession game that makes them a very good team and consequently they play poorly like they did tonight.

    The Jets started the game prepared and the Hawks did not. The final score of 5-1 could have and probably should have been even worse.

    I don’t know why they weren’t prepared for the game – maybe they were still dealing with the aftermath of Reif’s death, or maybe they thought it would be an easy game with the Jets missing their top four d-men, or maybe there’s some other excuse that can be used – it doesn’t matter. They stunk up the joint tonight and got their ass whooped. Hopefully we don’t see this again.

  • December 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Tired. Physically, mentally, and emotionally – not hard to understand.

    Things should be better Saturday.

  • December 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Maybe they’re still thinking about their friend that just died. They’re human.

  • December 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    No worries, going to have a game like this every once in a great while. We have done that well that this is the first time this yr (and not the hooks/holds/interferences). Let alone when something like this happened this wk. Very Proud of our guys play well against TOR on that day and sticking it out tonight. For everything are team has been threw these 6yrs (and counting), this is probably the hardest wk we have ever had. This is a good time for a break for us and we by far deserve it. Its easy to skate hard and punch someone when their down.

    All the other teams (around us) took a hit tonight as well, so this doesn’t count for our division seed. If LOS is going to miss the playoffs, teams like WIN (and SAN, NAS, VAN) need to get some wins to be around 20 over .500 With NAS and VAN being better, need two of these MIN, WIN, DAL, COL, CAL five to have a higher record. Only at 30 games but CAL looks like they could at least help in this. Although it doesn’t help that that division has the only 2 bad teams in conference in it.

    For not the right/ideal reasons but this wk is going to bring our team together even closer. It feels good to know we have the best group of good guys in league.

  • December 24, 2014 at 12:25 am

    It seemed like the Hawks rode a real emotional roller coaster on Sunday with the tragedy that culminated with a thrashing of the leafs in front of very loud fired up UC crowd. I just don’t think they could rally themselves and do it again Tuesday. They all probably need a mental break like so many people do in the day-to-day, week-to-week jobs, especially this time of year. It will be good for the Hawks to get away from the rink and recharge emotionally. Just my 2 cents.

  • December 24, 2014 at 12:48 am

    ER- completely agree on the Hawk’s “tell”. Kane especially had trouble with the puck on his stick.

    Tab said it perfectly, Hossa brought energy; everyone else checked out for Christmas break.

  • December 24, 2014 at 7:15 am

    The more I watch Frolik… the more convinced I am the Hawks would have won the cup last year… If SB would have kept him (instead of 26)…
    The Guy is a monster fore-checker/annoying

  • December 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Last nights game shows why the NHL is the toughest league in professional sports to win games. And this is why I love the NHL. Don’t get me wrong, the Jets have a good team, and that’s just it. We got walloped (and scored only 1 goal) by a team with their 4 top Dmen out. You let your guard down just one game and this is what happens. Not many games are won by luck. The NHL requires 100% effort by 90% of the team to win.

    Hossa, the leader that he is, made a statement last night that I am sure 19 will expand on. I have said before, I think 81 should have been given the “A” years ago. I love Sharp but he is just not “C” material and should not wear the “A”…..IMO

  • December 24, 2014 at 7:38 am

    This had nothing to do with Christmas break or taking a night off. The culmination of the Clint Reif passing hit them and took its toll. Wangsauce hit it on the head.
    These guys are human and their emotions are not pointed toward hockey right now. The rest of the season will be emotionally tough on this team, but in a couple of weeks they will re-focus and get going, again.

    These guys aren’t robots and they have earned a “pardon” from all of us.

    Merry Christmas to all you boys on this blog!!

  • December 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hawks due for a let down, Toronto game was big on a few levels. BUT the JETS had executed the formula some teams mastered to play the Hawks close and even beat them. Jest played a very very physical game masterfully with no penalties until late, no late hits, no cheap hits, just “finish your checks on the under sized hawks” and your in the game most nights. Pretty simple check but check clean, they ties up the middle ice because of this and slowed the hawks down who when they don’t play at top speed are beatable? Hawks still turn the puck over a lot for such an elite team, we seem to only mention it when it leads to a goal but the lack of size on D forces them to make a perfect pass, lots of pressure, One game, due for a bad show, they’ll be back, Hawks also lucky so far on Health a few player out but never all at once like JETS. Hand it to the JETS discipled effort like the KINGS and NOT like the BRUINS.

  • December 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    First really bad clunker of the season. Shows you can’t take the night off against any team in this league. Hawks didn’t look ready to play in the first and Jets jumped em. Winnipeg brought a strong physical game, bottled Hawks up in their own end with effective fore check. Hawks passing off the mark quite a bit which limited offensive breakouts. Ice looked rough as well. As stated by others the Reif passing probably left the guys emotionally drained. Not surprising to see what went down last night. While Hawks would have lost anyway, this ref crew was terrible last night. I was happy to see 13 “try” and engage Harrison who could have easily been whistled for 3-5 times for roughing, crosschecking and interference in the 1st alone. Talk about getting rag dolled. Carcillo was probably dizzy when he went to the box, having been spun around so many times. Short break is what the Hawks need, both physically and emotionally.

    Funny to bump into AJ over at Swig after game while I went over to pick up my daughter who works nearby. Nice surprise! Merry Christmas to all of you and

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

    That’s the best I’ve seen Winnipeg play. They could be this year’s Minnesota. If they get a goalie at the trade deadline – watch out.

  • December 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Travis, I take it you mean if Minnesota gets a goalie at the trade deadline because Winnipeg has a goalie. His name is Michael Hutchinson. He is leading the league in save percentage and goals against. He has limited the Hawks to 1 goal in 2 games.

  • December 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Yes that was a bit of a stinker by the Hawks but that can happen in any single game as all NHL can play but over a 7 game series the Hawks will be fine and make adjustments better than any team.
    The USA team looked good ( I wouldn’t like to see the 5 GA if I was the coach). Team Canada Pounded the Swiss 6-0 and look great. Would be nice to see a great Canada-USA final.

  • December 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Merry Christmas to all the Commited Indians. This is a great bunch and we all share in the riches and excitement of our fabulous Chicago Blackhawks. Extra extra special thanks to the incredible dedication and effort put forth by Tab Bamford. May many Stanley Cups rain down in our future. For better or worse in our games we all share the Indian Head logo and live up to its highest expectations. What a rich history and incredible times we have. Thanks again Tab…incredible job.

  • December 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Miningman, ditto.

  • December 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Morrison…good to know ya!…onward and upward!

  • December 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Thanks, Mining Man. And to everyone else – have a wonderful, safe holidays and thanks for making this site what it is. Go Hawks.

  • December 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

    That game was poop but that was bound to happen sooner or later. Not a super heavy schedule to start the year so they should be able to get back on the wagon pretty quickly.

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