Oduya Returns, Blackhawks Can’t Beat Bernier

Shots. Shots. And more shots.


After another lengthy layoff between games, the Blackhawks came out firing against the Ducks on Thursday night. Chicago held a 19-2 shot advantage after 20 minutes, but had nothing to show for it.

Ryan Getzlaf watched the final 2:48 of the second period and half of the second after getting into a slap fight with Richard Panik. Typically, Getzlaf got the last shot in after the officials broke up the fight, and he was rewarded with both the instigator and a 10-minute misconduct. This came after Panik and Josh Manson picked up matching minors, Manson for a slash and Panik for high-sticking.

So, in review, the Blackhawks put 19 shots on Jonathan Bernier in the first period and the Ducks had 21 penalty minutes as a team.

The second period starting with an entertaining shift for rookie Nick Schmaltz.

Anaheim rallied behind two power plays in the second but failed to score on either advantage. Chicago once again had good offensive zone time but still couldn’t beat Bernier. And with 2:16 left in the middle frame, Corey Perry gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Ducks matched the Hawks 12 shots on goal in the second period, but carried a 1-0 lead into the third despite the Hawks having a 31-14 shot advantage.

Chicago was out-shot 10-7 in the third, but had a few more golden chances that were spoiled by Bernier. And the game ended with a 1-0 defeat on the scoreboard.

Johnny Oduya returned to the ice as a member of the Blackhawks; he was skating in only his second game since January 17, however. He still led the Hawks with five blocked shots and skated more than 17 minutes in the game. Oduya and Trevor van Riesmdyk were the only Blackhawks skaters to fail to get a shot on net in the game.

Panik, van Riemdsyk, Brent Seabrook and Marcus Kruger also blocked three shots each. Seabrook led Chicago with five hits and was one of four Hawks with two takeaways.

Corey Crawford deserved better (again). He kept the game close in the second and third periods, making a number of superb saves while the Hawks’ offense failed to beat Bernier. He finished with 25 saves in the loss.

Jonathan Toews won only 10 of 28 faceoffs but finished tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with six shots on net.

30 thoughts on “Oduya Returns, Blackhawks Can’t Beat Bernier

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Remember the last time the Hawks had a long break? Dominated the game, but could get the puck in the net.

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Not happy about not getting win or tie. Only thing that pisses me off is the bullshit penalty for high stick and Refs letting them get away with every penalty after the 1st period. At intermissions they should be reviewing the calls they made and see that that’s am embarrassing call and do something about it in that game not a game in 18.

  • March 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    We did NOT lose this game because of the Ref,s ,..,We lost because we could not score . Was Q mixing lines up again ? T.O.I. seem to say that . Ducks are a proud team ,and get up for the Hawks .,.,.,Getzlaf got his team fired up ,.,.,Perry scores G.w.

    Couple good ol Canadian boys playing their guts out . Hard fought game ?
    I was at work and just getting ticker .
    Sad to see Hoss delegated to playing with a line that is contributing very little offensively . Who looked good ? Secondary ,.,.Hell primary scoring needs work,.,.,haaah ahhhh ,welcome back Oduya . Gotta get our 3-4- lines clicking , and figured out or were fucked .

  • March 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Not blaming refs (even though it can/makes diff.) just posted that thats only thing that pissed me off.

  • March 9, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    One of those games. Hopefully they find the net tomorrow.

  • March 10, 2017 at 6:30 am

    How about blaming Jerko for not seeing Tootoo all but standing on his skates waiting for his pass in front of a wide open net. Instead The Jerk shoots a drop pass from Krueger with goaltender waiting for him in perfect position. He had all day to see the play develop with a chance to lead what would have been an impressive rush… but was thinking shoot all the way. Just what the Hawks need; another Tomas Kopecky waste of space.

  • March 10, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Missed opportunity to leap frog the Wild! Not getting the line mixes? And Tootoo? Really ! This is the home stretch- who will carry us to the cup… let’s play the guys who will REALLY get us there!!

  • March 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Ducks did a fantastic job of “walling” off most of Hawks Zone entries with the body…
    Ducks kept most of the shots to the “low Scoring chance” kind…

    Ducks- repeatedly interfered with/Jabbed/slashed/cross-checked Hawks well after the play… That game was hard for me to watch… Turned off after 2nd period…
    I can name several plays- when Hawks (stars included- were knocked down or out of play) well after the puck was gone….

    2015 Ducks – had the will and tenacity to “kill/crush/hit” Hawks… but they spent a lot of energy in doing so… Plus- Hitting/crashing into boards and players- well you might actually get hurt too!!!

    2017 Ducks- strategy- poke/cross-check/shove the guy down when he is vulnerable after play… basically takes Hawk out of play– without using any energy or skating… Hard to watch the game turn into that… And if it becomes the Norm… I probably stop watching Hockey all together… really kills the skating/speed/hitting.

    Schmaltz- stick to the teeth
    Kane- dumped well after pass
    Seabs- point pass to Keith… two strides… Perry pushes Seabs out of the O-zone…
    Panik- takes 3-4 slashes from Getzlaf- before 15 literally jumps him… 7 -10 seconds later.

    Hawkhead- 1st off- you said you didn’t watch- just ticker… so how can you say the Refs- didn’t have effect on game?
    2nd- even if that’s true… the “lack of reffing” certainly allowed the Ducks to continue the “extra BS” which killed a lot of the speed and skating of the Hawks…

    And Made for some BORING hockey!!! at least 1st two periods

  • March 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Agree with Bill, have seen zero from jurco thus far. Would rather see Ras in there.

  • March 10, 2017 at 7:20 am

    19 shots in the first and no goals? you knew they were in trouble right then.

  • March 10, 2017 at 7:41 am

    It’s interesting how one 1-0 loss changes the tone. They happen!
    –and that’s is a microcosm of the last several years. The lack of patience shown to a team who has done nothing but deserve our patience with three Cups. THEY just won 7 in a row and 12 of 13 to guarantee a top pot in the playoffs,

  • March 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Noonan- my stance-is and continues to be- this team isn’t going to survive PO round(s)…

    especially when Refs swallow whistles… last 2 losses where hawks completely “out played”… both Ducks/Oilers… Both Teams beat down/interfered with and Played very physical… Oilers- were “clean” physical…. Ducks were minor Bull-shit after the play crap… A lot like Wings/Hawks Conference final… when Wings frustrated the Shit Out of 19… well 8,14, 67, 38, Jurco ain’t Toews… and I doubt if they are “experienced” enough to play thru that in PO’s…

    Just my opinion- But Crow was better than Bernier… and faced touher saves/shots… Hawks either missed the net… or shot into Bernier’s Duck logo!

  • March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Hawks had a great Game but Bernier was the guy to beat with great goaltending….so for me the Hawks had a really good game ….we cant win them all …Craw again very solid ……love my Hawks

  • March 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The Hawks had many shots on net but not many grade A chances. No front presence. Put Hartman on the third line. Skating him with Kruger and Tootoo is a waste of his talent. Jurco is very weak on the boards. He can’t seem to hold the puck on his stick. Remove Tootoo and insert Hino.

  • March 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    1961 agree. Hinostroza has proven — granted in spurts — he can be a difference maker. He has the speed and skillset to create offense. He’s adequate defensively.

    Tootoo’s game in Nashville was fool’s gold. I stipulate he is better than Bollig & Mashinter were, but 1961 is correct, playing Hartman w/ him and Kruger is a wasted line. I trust Bowman will eliminate that $3.1M cap hit over the summer.

    The jury is still out on Jurco.

  • March 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Look, Bernier stole the game for the Ducks with great goaltending, but the Hawks just didn’t finish. Could have easily been 3-4 to nothing after the 1st. The Ducks flat out had nothing in that period, and even half way through the 2nd almost zero offense chances. This game played out similar to the Oilers game.

    Mo makes a good point about the refs, as they let lots go uncalled, but it didn’t decide the game. Ducks have career hackers with Kesler, and his Canucklehead buddy Bieksa. Throw in Perry and Getzlaf. All career losers. Good players, but cheap shot artists. I don’t know which Duck player crosschecked Schmaltz in the face when he was in the high slot, but it was a blatant attempt to injure. Lots of nasty stick work from the Ducks all over the ice yesterday. Even Bernier was hammering Hawk players in the back with his stick when they came close to the crease. I give Panik great credit for getting under the Ducks skin. Idiot Getzlaf goes after Panik who just laughed at him. Getzlaf gets 17 minutes for being stupid. Panik needs to play way game in game out as he is a deceptively strong guy.

    I will go out on a limb and say Ducks will not go deep in playoffs with the way they play. I also believe Hinostroza should be back playing by playoffs. He brings more than Jurco.

    While last nights game was frustrating I can’t fault the effort at all. Hawks team defense was really good to my eyes. Oduya in the lineup looks grreat. What a nice well deserved welcome back video tribute Hawks did for 27 in the 1st, and it drew a huge ovation from the fans! Maybe some better team consistency at face offs, but hey it’s never perfect. This Hawks team looks dangerous to all opponents as we close out this season. Lets hope the guys hit playoffs healthy. This team can do some damage imo.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hawks simply were not sharp. Almost all their shots hit the goalie in the chest. Layoff…..maybe. But shots a few inches one way or the other and the game turns out differently.

    My guess is Hawks will be sharper tonight. Caution, Red Wings will come out of the gate with fury. An embarrassing 6 to 1 loss will have the fired up. Hawks need to be ready

  • March 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Jurco and Tootoo will likely never get in a playoff game. Need both of them as protection in the expansion draft. Personally, I think Hartman is wasted as a 4th line checker. Jurco needs 10 games to meet the expansion standard. He should spend that time on the 4th line where he can do less harm.

    As to last night, Bernier had previously faced the Hawks 3 times and gave up 3 goals each time. In this game, he played over his head. It happens

  • March 10, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I agree with HAWKS1961 – “many shots on net but not many grade A chances”…maybe because of the days off? Win in Detroit >>> back on track. GO HAWKS!

  • March 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I thought it was a good playoff-esque game. Refs let a lot go both ways.

    Love that Panik was able to get under Getzlaf’s skin. Will take that trade off any day.

    Schmaltz looked really good again. He’s got a ton of jump and is a fantastic skater.

    Will be interested to see the playoff roster. Lots of hockey to be played in the next 30 days and I’m sure 48 is going to see some reps and hopefully earns that playoff spot.

    81-16-13 (shutdown line)

    @Phil Perry and Getzlaf won the cup in 2007.

  • March 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Total douchey weasels for sure.

  • March 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    It is true Peanut Butter, they did manage to get through that year. Well said. They are good hockey players as they have both skated many times for Team Canada. I have always viewed their play as self defeating when it need not have been so had they been more disciplined. Taking dumb, selfish penalties, not playing a strong 2 way game consistently. Ducks have had good teams, but usually their leaders let them down in the end.

    I admit having a dislike toward certain teams. Nucks, Ducks, Blues, Flyers to name a few. Players like Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, Bieksa helped to create that attitude within me and they all play for the Ducks now.

    Just my take anyway…

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    in review: WALL doesn’t think this Blackhawks team can survive in the playoffs. Meanwhile, NHL teams all over the West are crapping their pants at the prospects of playing Chicago.

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  • March 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Has Wall become the new Rufus?

  • March 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Not a chance.

  • March 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    HAWKFACTS – yes. If the Hawks win it’s all gravy; if they lose he’s the genius.

    We lost a close game – it happens Especially with 27 in the fold I believe we are significantly improved from lasts year’s D. Also – multiple win streaks – not just one 12 game streak that carried us last year.

    I’m really enjoying this team – so glad Q has trusted the rookies. Sure wish 48 didn’t have to be sent down but understand the upcoming expansion draft and possibly exposing 13.

  • March 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Even more then win streaks. 4 really good stretches and one bad.


  • March 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I didn’t realize just how slow TVR is…

    Looked like he was skating in mud…

    Made 7 look like a speed demon…

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