Lackluster Blackhawks Blown Out By Hurricanes

The Blackhawks opened up a three-game set in Carolina on Monday evening.

How’s your week going so far?

Malcolm Subban got the start in net. Four goals and 29:44 later, Collin Delia made his triumphant return to the net. Carolina out-shot the Hawks 7-4 in the first period. They had put 11 shots on net in 9:44 of the second period before Subban got the hook.

Coach Jeremy Colliton firmly believed the goaltender change was going to make a change in the momentum. It… almost did. Philipp Kurashev appeared to get the Blackhawks on the board but a review took the goal off the board.

It wasn’t until the final 90 seconds of the second period that the Blackhawks got on the board. Colliton actually let Ian Mitchell on the ice and the rookie defenseman scored his third of the season to get the Blackhawks within three.

Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome were credited with the assists.

After 40 minutes of hockey, the Blackhawks were getting out-shot 24-11. They were down 4-1. And any intermission montages about Chicago’s playoff chances felt like they should have redirected that energy on their odds of winning the draft lottery.

Have we mentions the Blackhawks’ next two games are also in Carolina?

Chicago got a power play mid-third and Pat Foley sounded bored. “Will they recover that dump in? Nope.”

With 5:22 left in regulation and the Blackhawks still not up to the 17 shots in the game that Carolina had in the second period alone, Alex DeBrincat cut the lead to two.

Kubalik picked up his second assist on the goal.

Chicago pulled Delia and Sebastian Aho finished his hat trick night into the empty net, beating Patrick Kane to the net. The lead was back to four with 76 seconds left in regulation.

The Blackhawks finished the game with 18 shots on net. Carolina had 17 in the second period.

This regulation loss officially eliminates the Hawks from the 2021 postseason.

Delia made 19 saves in relief of Subban. He looked good, albeit with the game effectively over when he came in.

50 thoughts on “Lackluster Blackhawks Blown Out By Hurricanes

  1. Flipping from the Hawks game and the Wild/Knights game…Hawks need size for next year or another long year.

  2. Good ice, bad ice or no ice at all– I’ve concluded I really do NOT like Wet Noodle Jeremy .His resume does not reflect the respect he thinks he deserves.
    I love most of the kids.
    Srrome can go to Seattle.
    Dach will be a great 1C, JT will be a great 2C next season.

    #FireColliton

  3. does anyone still believe this team would be best served being crushed in a round of playoff hockey instead of a higher draft choice?

  4. Complete domination by a bigger stronger and much more intense and focused hockey team that plays their system from puck drop to final horn. Horsed at the dot,outshot by 20 shots and outattempted by over 30 shot attempts. No mincing words,Dach is bad. He makes few clean plays,coughs up the puck upon contact,and is tossed around like a rag doll A Minus 3 on the night as he was killed on the dot with his Stat line loaded with 0,s. Even Hagel and Hinostroza were pedestrian tonight. Kane had 2 shots on net and all 0,s. Coverage was its usual disaster by D men. Kudos to Debrincat,Kubalik,and Gaudette for playing hard and effective to the end. This is a mess.

  5. We all wanted more young guys in the lineup and getting more responsibility, well there is a price to pay for it. It isn’t because they weren’t trying, it just they were out gunned, a healthy good team beat a short staffed team with several injuries. Dach just a kid yet trying to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. Let him bulk up and grow up and he’ll be fine. Be nice to see a healthy Toews, Borgstrom and maybe even Shalunov too down the middle next year, with basically the group of wingers we saw tonight, with Reichel in top 6 and maybe a tweak or 2. Need alot more from the defense, for what’s worth it is hard to argue, as much they were panned this year, that Dehaan and Boqvist presence isn’t being missed on blueline right now. Still think another year of growing together and getting used to the Nhl game will make a big difference for the defense. Really good to see Delia get in and shut the door the 2nd half of the game. Hopefully Lankinen can continue to be a no.1 goalie in this league for few years.

  6. It’s a rebuild, but they have looked pretty terrible this last month or so. The goaltending was better than I thought it would be, but in the last few weeks both Lankinen and Subban have come back to earth. That being said, the Blackhawks couldn’t clear their crease with a snow plow. It will be interesting to see what they do this Summer,who stays and who goes. I’m not as positive about the team as I was in February, but as Quennville would say ” We’ll see”.

  7. The defensive “system ” continues to have major issues. The measurables have little to no improvement from last year. Things were supposed to markedly improve year to year but have not. While I was willing to give Colliton the benefit of the doubt, no longer. As teams figured out the power play, no adjustments other than darts at a board with juggling players. Time to give brook bank and mittel their pink slips. Coverage in the d zone and breakouts are laughable. 4 left. Time to sit keith,zadorov. Put your lines together and let them play the last 5 games to see if any chemistry develops. On the whole, better than we expected and reasons for optimism, but a lot of work left to do. Any chance the wings or blue jackets could pass us? Higher draft choice would be welcome

  8. Ian
    Good post
    Kids where outplayed by a top team in NHL now and lost the 2 other games against the number 2 team overall..nothing to be ashamed…experiencing with 9 rookies tonight.
    Love my young Hawks and hope they will play Delia next game
    We need to see more from him to be able to decide who we want for backup next year.

  9. Best takeaway from this game is that Kubalik looks someone you could win with and of course DCat too but we already knew that – also I thought Gaudette had another good game – it’s beginning to look like he should be protected in the Seattle draft – if so who wouldn’t get protected Strome or Nylander probably – they want to keep Borgstrom I believe

    The pattern with the Hawks is that they don’t emotionally engage until they get angry about being embarrassed on the ice

    That points to a lack of leadership – hopefully Toews is back to fill some of that void and you hope that as players like Dach and Hagel become more experienced they’ll grow into that role

    Kalynuk with another bad game – the bloom is off – hope he bounces back

    Again Keith at 38 was their best D man – that’s a problem because it’s going to take a while for these young guys to mature

    As much as we all take shots at Z he’s better at handling the forecheck than Kalynuk Beaudin or Mitchell who either get beaten up or throw a grenade up the ice with a hope and a prayer – so if you lose Z off our D and have 27 51 74 and 48 all playing regular minutes next year look out it won’t be pretty – on the other hand the young guys need to play – it’s a dilemma

  10. wrap

    they don’t need the defense to be pretty next year. they need it to be improving over the course of the season. 16 is who he is and has been found wanting by bowman thus the attempt to move him at the tdl. you don’t keep him around and taking up playing time from young players because currently he might be better than they are. he will never be better than the player he is today and that is not good enough. take the lumps with the kids next year and spend the money signing 16 anywhere else.

  11. This game could have been 7-2 if not for Delia making some terrific saves right at his doorstep.. wouldn’t that be nice if Delia bounced back and we could add him to the goalie competition for next year..not saying I’ve lost faith in Lankinen, but the more competition the better..

    As Ian correctly stated, welcome to the highs and lows of a rebuild..there isn’t a fast way back up to the mountaintop..remember, the Hawks have drafted in the top 8 twice over the past 14 drafts..Carolina has drafted in the top 8 five times over the same timeframe. Now obviously, it takes more than that to build a contender, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be in the lottery over and over..it gives you more cracks at landing a couple of franchise players..and it certainly doesn’t hurt to be able to take advantage of a team pressed against the cap(which is how Carolina got Teuvo in the first place)..my only point is that, as good as Carolina is this year, I certainly wouldn’t trade three Stanley Cups to be in their position..Carolina, over the next five or six seasons, will try to accomplish what the Blackhawks already have done..Let’s focus on rebuilding this team instead of lamenting about how good Carolina is. Except for Pittsburgh, every team in the cap era is still chasing the Hawks accomplishments..fortunately for Hawks fans, while you usually can’t turn around an NHL team in one season, especially with a flat cap, you can improve significantly from one year to the next..Let’s see how this team looks if Toews-Dach-Shalunov-Kampf are down the middle for an entire year..a rising tide lifts all boats..with some size and faceoff ability down the middle, this team will play with the puck more which will benefit everyone, from the forwards to the defensemen.

  12. Hawks 29 – I agree with your sentiment but there’s a balancing act required between playing young guys and not being so bad that you’re getting your ass handed to you every game – that’s no way to develop young players – hence the dilemma

    I’m not opposed to losing Z I just don’t think being overwhelmed in your own end game after game is good for long term development- they need to be at least competitive while working in the young D

    Are we ok with a top 6 next year of Keith Murphy Boquist Stillman Kalynuk and Mitchell or do we need another veteran ona short term deal to rotate in and ease the growing pains?

  13. Wrap, I think we need 2 quality NHL Defensemen to start next year in addition to what they have. This team still does not have a #1 or #2 D Man in their organization. I also agree with you that it does this team,s young players no good to be manhandled and wragdolled all over the ice on a nightly basis. This team for the most part has not been prepared to play at puck drop for well over a month now. 1 time not ready happens, 2 times is concerning,3 times is a trend. After that,the coaching staff needs to be shown the door.

  14. wrap

    fine with a reliable vet. preferably on a one year deal. just don’t want to be behind the eight ball with 16 for the next three years at a price of likely $11+ million.

    as far as the young dmen next year….. i hope draft status is thrown out the window. fine with boqvist getting the first shot out of the box next year, but would prefer a rotation of boqvist, beaudin, mitchell, kalynuk, and stillman for thirty or so games and then dole out playing time to he who had earned it.

  15. A reliable vet on a 1 year deal, rather than Zadorov on a long term deal, Dehaan fits that description, could sit or play which ever is required and already signed if Seattle dosen’t pick him.

  16. This team can’t wait to get to the golf course. Worst game I’ve ever seen from Kane and it shows he’s had all he can take this year. Coach and his staff need replaced with experience that can get these young kids on track, don’t waste another year of this shit show.

  17. It is painful to watch this team. Just looking at all of the players faces on the bench shows their lack of interest & desire. Dach has mastered the “Kane Glide” & only skates hard with an offensive opportunity. He was on the ice for all of the Carolina goals, but is still put out there for every power play & when short handed. Am I the only one seeing Dach’s lack of desire & faceoff ineptitude? Is it Colliton’s fault, Bowmans, or just a lack of talent? It will be many years before the Hawks are competitive without major shakeups….What a shame for a city that will support them regardless.

  18. Ron McAdam, I too see the Dach coasting and gliding. This organization needs a culture change and major reconstruction. Please,lets stop waiting on or depending on a Toews return. Its slowing any legitimate rebuild.

  19. The question fans here have to think about is if this isn’t the coach to get this team from “Point C” to “Point B” or as some suggest “Point B” to “Point A”, then why should StanBo get ANOTHER shot at hiring a new coach??? StanBo created this disaster with poor trades, crap cap management and his penchant for reclamation projects and while he has gotten a couple of nice young players coming up, this team is still god awful and StanBo’s got his patsy(Kid Coach) all set up in case it gets too hot in the kitchen. All the while StanBo sits on his throne for a couple more years. We need a real hockey guy in here and not some hockey’s guys kid steering this ship. We will all be fed stories thru the summer about how much “promise” we have coming into next year. Don’t believe this tripe because this same time next year, once again they will be cleaning their golf clubs getting ready for the summer.

  20. Agree it was hard to watch and only watched bits and pieces-this team motivated has holes to fill-this team unmotivated is really bad. Kane is checking out a bit. Ok maybe more than a bit.

    Also a team without enough purpose and energy is exposing just how good, or bad their goaltending is. It will take another year or so to see if Lankinen is ‘the gifted goalie’ anointed earlier by some or another in the longggg line of goalie’s who came in like a house on fire and ended up just another footnote in Wikipedia.

    Here’s hoping the prior but…

    The power play-ouch! And agree Dach’s play has been really inconsistent.
    As some have mentioned D-Cat continues to work really hard.

  21. Pat Foley quotes sum it up:

    1. “the Hawks take a dump…”
    2. “the Hawks need a pair.”

  22. Well, that was frustrating to watch! First, I think the line tinkering and defensive pairings had the guys skating around confused trying to cover their man and left space wide open. They played better because Carolina pulled back their intensity. What is up with Kirby Dach? When Dylan Strome outplays you, then something is amiss. I am also fed up with Connor Murphy! He’s a bona-fide bone-head!
    Ratings:
    Strome (7)
    Kubalik(7)
    DeBrincat(7)
    Delia(7)
    Kurashev(7)
    Mitchell(6)
    Gaudette(6)

    Everyone else…
    *(hooey)

  23. Stephanie – Good ice, bad ice or no ice at all– I’ve concluded I really do NOT like Wet Noodle Jeremy

    I thought you were going with a Dr Seuss Green Eggs & Ham post.

    I would not like him (Colliton)
    Here or there.
    I would not like him
    Anywhere.
    I do not like
    Colliton and Stan.
    I do not like them,
    Stephanie-I-am

  24. Hi Ian. I agree with you on Zadarov. We simply can`t pay him his required raise from his current 3.2 million. A veteran on a one year deal cheap deal would be a better option for us. I was impressed with Jani Hakanpaa last nite for Carolina. He`s as big Zadarov but looks more composed defensively. He`s a veteran at 29 years old, a right hand shot I believe, and a UFA after the season on a cheap 750,000 deal currently. Great depth option with size for the right side. Way better option than Zadarov. Wouldn`t miss him for a second.

  25. The Detroit Red Wings are the Blackhawks without Kane and DeBrincat.

    Just sayin’

  26. After posting that Kubalik had a good game I noticed his TOI was under 15 minutes – that IMO is not enough – he’s consistently doing more with his ice time than others yet JC doesn’t reward him with more TOI and hasn’t since he came to CHI – he’s never really settled into a top 6 which on the Hawks he should be – I get that their are some flaws in his defensive game and he doesn’t PK and that there’s a valid reason to spread out what scoring you have across 3 lines but give him more TOI and coach him up on the D side

    Last night he was directly responsible for both Hawk goals and is one of the few decent forecheckers yet he’s not played like he’s one of their best forwards

  27. Jim Ross somebody who can be a compliment pairing with Murphy would be great, right now he has do it all himself too much to really appreciate what brings. Think if given a chance with a capable shutdown partner, Zadorov hasn’t done enough, would make a huge difference. Would need to bring in somebody else for that role next year likely. Keith mixed in with the youngsters in other 2 pairs, letting them learn and grow together for a full year should show some rewards. Right now growing pains hopefully means their learning and will be better down the road for it.

    Lanlinen has shown he has the tools, his next step is to just to be able to find consistency game in and game out. If he does that then that’s all you can ask, obviously expecting him to stand on his head night after night is wishful thinking. Seeing what the Center position looks like next season is where the biggest difference in the roster could quite likely occur this summer. Don’t see anybody in draft this year having an impact immediately, regardless where they pick, lots of hope for future though.

  28. i am done with the bowman/colliton story line. NOT THEIR FAULT. rocky wirtz has soiled the sheets of this franchise by enabling bowman much as mc caskey has done to the bears by enabling phillips and reinsdorf had done to the bulls and white sox enabling garpax and ken williams.

    management failure always starts at the top and the blame always ends there.

    i love hagel to death. every teams needs and has room for his type of player. but when the ascension of a player of his abilities is celebrated as one of the major steps forward of a team in the first year of a rebuild it says volumes about how far this team has fallen and how far it has to go. when dedicated, knowledgeable fans continually comment about the lack of hustle of the two highest rated prospects (dach and boqvist) ….. note to fans…. this isn’t a good thing. rocky wirtz has allowed this to happen. blame starts and ends with him.

  29. I don’t think Dach is coasting but he does seem a step slow hopefully because he’s jumping in post mid season without any game action for months

    He’s also missed both training camps in his career- I think he’ll be much improved starting next season

  30. Galt – you are the poet laureate of this board. Great posts.

    For me, this is simple. This team has come out flat for a month now. I know we’re young and rebuilding, etc., and I don’t debate that. Rebuilds are painful and there is no quick fix. But I see no leadership, and that is the most important element of any rebuild. What I do see is boredom, and vets who have been ground down by too many minutes with no reliable backup, and that, too, is the inevitable residue of a rebuild. Point is: Colliton is not a leader, and if you can’t see that by now, please remove the rose colored glasses.

    Stephanie, I’m with you. #FireColliton

  31. NHL should suspend Wilson for the rest of regular season and a few games in the playoff …what a stupid man …can’t believe he throw punch at Panarin when he is on the ice .. wake up NHL ..time to take action against a dangerous goon.

  32. 2018:
    Hawks have 5 game losing streak.
    The Big Lebowski, in his ultimate dude-ness, decreed a HOF coach must be fired and replaced with a young coach with a couple years Swiss League experience.

    2021:
    Hawks have 5 game losing streak.
    The Big Lebowski, in his ultimate dude-ness fires Swiss league coach and……..oh wait!

    Forgot about double standard that exists for those who cannot do the job nowadays.

    I must not be ‘woke’.

  33. BTW,
    John Galt:
    Did you used to write for The Blue Line?

    Those of us that were around before 2009 remember the Blue Line.

    Predecessor to the Committed Indian.

    I ask because your satire is hilarious while being dead on balls accurate.

    Just like the Blue Line used to be.

  34. Different opponent, same result. Man-handled. Can’t get any shots on goal. Not strong enough to sustain pressure. Stan’s line-up. Can’t blame JC all the time if he doesn’t have the horses.

  35. Totally agree about Wilson. Ten game suspension. Punching someone in the head when they’re laid out on the ice? He did it to Buchnevich and Panarin. Total chickenshit move. He’s a really talented player and I can’t understand why he insists on being such an ass hat.

  36. PP – thanks for the kind words. I’m just a guy having fun and not taking things too seriously.

    Other times, ‘my mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.’

    This is a good place to share them.

  37. AB – agree on lack of leadership but I’m not sure if that is the coach’s job – Q never fired up the troops he’s said so – that was left to the leaders in the dressing room and on the ice -Toews Seabrook – idk if Keith or Kane really filled that role before or now and the young guys are just feeling their way

    To me the leadership void is amongst the players – that’s why teams like TOR go out and get veteran leadership when they don’t win in the playoffs- guys like Thornton Simmonds Foligno Spezza

    Some of the young Hawks will have to grow into those roles – I think Murphy tries but he doesn’t have the playoff cred to be as impactful as a leader as he’d probably like

  38. Not an entertaining game at all. DeBrincat is a joy to watch and for the first time in along time Strome was noticeable in a good way. Not a lot else to get excited about.

    But regarding the coach being the problem, isn’t he the same coach that got this completely underwhelming group of talent to be in the playoff hunt in the first place? I am not a fan of JC and I have no problem with the Hawks finding a replacement, but, no coach is going to fix this the talent gap on this roster, and JC proved he can get these kids motivated to play or else this team would be bottom feeders all season (which is what should have happened.)

    Honestly the Hawks not getting a top five pick in this years draft is a bigger disappointment to me than their almost making the playoffs and faltering at the end. Getting thumped by a better team has limited teaching potential. Hawks need better talent more than playoff experience.

    Biggest disappointment this season is that Kane is likely not going to get 20 goals. That is a streak I would have loved to have seen continue. Personally think double shifting him to death over the last few years is starting to show now. He looks spent.

  39. wijg- same exact thoughts on Dr S

    I have a pair
    And
    I did not take a Dump (yesterday)… Perhaps the Hawks could have used me?

  40. Some interesting stats from an article by Lazerus

    1) Kubalik leads Hawks with 1.31 goal per 60 minutes which in the league puts him slightly ahead of Draistl and tied with McKinnon

    Like I said earlier he deserves more TOI

    2) The Murphy Zadorov pairing leads the Hawks D in goal differential with 15 for and 9 against while that pair is on the ice – the second best is Murphy DeHaan so maybe Murphy is the key here but still despite the glaring errors that Z makes he’s been OK mostly but it’s those glaring errors…

  41. Hi Ian. I agree on Zadarov. There`s cheaper veteran options out there with potentially better better results. I liked what I saw with Jani Hakanpaa last night . He`s a real big body as well, a right handed shot, and seems to move well, perhaps better than Zadarov. He`s 29 this year I believe and a UFA currently being paid 750,000 so a cheap option with some size for depth.

  42. Boy Coach needs to move on; he has no clue and clearly the players don’t play for him. He can’t adapt his system to the teams he plays, and outside of Zadorov and Murphy and (Thankfully) Kubalik no one else hits. I get the “active stick” approach but see it cancelled night in and night out by the Body beats Active Stick: everyone in the league knows what coming. Bigger problem is Stanbo who got fleeced on the big trades (i.e., Saad and Maata). Won’t make a competitive team by trading C or D players and getting C and D players in return. Also want to know if anyone knows why this team that was soo competitive and 6 games up for a playoff spot went into a tailspin in March. End the JC experiment: it was done when Q told McDontKnow were to cram his Mr. Hockey act and there was no one else around. Damn, where’s Bob Pulford when you need him….

  43. Jim you haven’t watched Debrincat hit more than Kubalik? Which is kind of sad but..
    Hagel has hit all year. Kampf , Carpenter as well. You must of missed some games.

    But yes some physicality added is a must. There have been games where they get pushed around.

  44. Been saying that since preseason. Also because we already got experience in playoffs winning a round and knowing what kind of roster we need to beat top 5 teams in second round. We donot need that same experience this yr and totally not whan we can get a top 10 draft player.

    In the yrs to come sure lets progress each yr to a top 5 team and we ll be too good for a top 10 draft players in coming yrs so taht is why I said it from the start/main reason.

    HAWKS29
    May 3, 2021 at 8:51 pm
    does anyone still believe this team would be best served being crushed in a round of playoff hockey instead of a higher draft choice?

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