The Chicago Blackhawks: Losing more than just a game in Anaheim.

The Chicago Blackhawks: Losing more than just a game in Anaheim.

This game started in the Hawks favor, even with the new line-combos in effect (because changing the lines has proven to be effective). Most notable of the first period for the Hawks, was the power-play goal scored by Kane. This goal seemed to ignite the Hawks a tad, and the excitement was obvious in Kane himself. The goal was the result of simply throwing the puck on net with ample screens set up in front. Their next PP would not be as memorable.

The Ducks would get their own power-play after what I considered a bad call on Morrison for delay of game as he deflected the puck out of the rink. It is essentially a deflection because the puck was already in the air, IMO, which should negate the penalty. This would not be the worst decision handed down in the period though. Regardless, the Hawks finally looked inspired, and their play was stronger for the matter. But, the Ducks would not go away, in need of a win too and willing to pay for it.

Then it happened. Late in the 1st, Cogliano would sneak the puck passed Emery at the result of a distinct kick of the puck towards the net. IMO, the right call was made on the ice, which was no goal. Unfortunately, after what seemed a half-hour of deliberation, Toronto decided that Cogliano got a stick on the puck in the last moment even though no such action could be seen by any of the angles provided by NBC during the long deliberation. It was suggested that the change in direction of the puck must have meant it was hit by the stick (completely ignoring that the puck bouncing off of Emery's pad would have caused the same effect), but again, no conclusive evidence was put forth. The call on the ice was no goal, so conclusive evidence was needed. If there was such evidence not seen by our camera angles, why did it take so very long for a decision to be made by Toronto? Did Toronto just decide a goal based on an assumption?

Still, the goal was the result of a bad turnover by the Hawks, and Keith allowing his man inside position. The result was a complete let-down by the Hawks in the following period.

It took the Hawks 8 minutes to get their first shot on net in the 2nd, and yes, it was that bad. Apparently, the Hawks just gave up. They controlled the first 20 minutes of hockey and it ended tied, so why try in the 2nd?

The Hawks began a very embarrassing performance for the nest 40 minutes of hockey. They completely fell apart in their own zone, and it never allowed them anything at the other end. Leddy was destroyed by Getzlaf, which illustrated the physical game that the Ducks had complete control of. It was only a matter of time before the terrible chasing being done by the Hawks would end up giving the Ducks a lead.

Not only does our defense not block shots, they deflect them into our net. Hawks chasing, pass in front, shot from the high slot and Keith's leg deflects it nicely passed Emery who was looking darn solid in the game, even without any help from a cohesive defense. The Hawks might have been the better team in the first, but by the 2nd had no right being in the game at all.

3rd period:

Starts off okay until Selanne would take a dive resulting in a 5-on-3 power-play for the Ducks. It would take only moments for them to score and it was off of Selanne's stick. 3-1 Ducks. I could argue that Selanne could have been called for diving, but the play executed by the Hawks leaves no room to be surprised about the final outcome.

In amazingly similar fashion, it would again be about half the period until the Hawks would muster a shot on net. In total, just halfway through the 3rd, The Ducks were outshooting the Hawks 34-15. It ended at 38-19 shots, and the scoring chances were even worse.

A penalty against the Ducks offered maybe the only chance for life, but the Hawks only mustered 1 shot on net during the 2 minute man-advantage. The Hawks ended the game with little to no effort towards winning. Final score, Hawks 1, Ducks 3.

Losing is one thing, getting embarrassed two nights in a row is just plain ridiculous. This team is far from engaged. No single player looks hungry. Bad line changes, an absence of any system for them to work with. The team does not look like it has been together all year, and these recent performances coupled with that of the extended losing streak, out scored 10-2 in the last 3 games, has this fan severely doubting the Hawks chances of making the playoffs (even wondering if they should). The teams struggling, or should I say fighting to make it into the top eight are playing with heart and team hockey. The schedule ahead of the Hawks only adds insult to injury. Not an easy month ahead of them, they need to play better than .500 hockey and that seems no where in sight.

Enough said, the Hawks need to get their act together, and they have the next 2 days to do so before a game against an Eastern Conference team, which we all know the Hawks do so well against.

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  • this team was built to skate and pass but the last two years teams have taken it away (nashville started showing how to stop us)now we need to be physical and win board battles and take hits to get it out of our zone also block shots and move guys out of the crease....we dont have these type of players so were toast... need to reload ....we should be sellers and let all the buyers who think they have a shot to go deep in playoffs over spend and trade good young talent.....hard to say that but harder to watch

  • In reply to mchawk:

    I also feel that a big sell might be necessary, but doubt the Hawks find the answer in return. It would however, send a message, and start the team rebuild in a better direction.

    You nailed it mchawk, the Hawks just don't have the grit or physical play to be successful.

  • I just finished listening to the post-game on the radio.

    Every single caller wanted to point the finger at a different player, and everyone wanted a big trade to fix it all.

    Let me start by saying that there is no magic trade that will fix this. Granted, it might help, and the Hawks will not win without Toews, but one player is not destroying this team.

    It boggles my mind how no one makes the easiest connection, which is that coaching has the largest impact, and that giving the players a new environment/ clean-slate is maybe the only way to fix this situation. How has Q remained off of the chopping block for so long?

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    Fire the friggin' coach already. What have they got to lose now? Everybody knows it is coming soon enough, let's take a look at Havy for the last few games and go from there. SB has to make that move first, before he goes too.

    Vegas, in reference to your coaching comments on the last board. Hitchcock, Boudreau, McLean, Bylsma, Lemaire—last year, Muller, Dineen all have done positive things with coaching changes, so where you get this "rarely" from befuddles me. Hossa says line juggling doesn't work. Campbell, who, by the way, is second in the league for D scoring has said things were not rosy and players were playing scared. The point you seem to miss here is that all teams' strategies are pretty much the same—Play with the puck, and play without it. Is it too much to say that how the message gets delivered/communicated makes a difference? You probably tune me out, I sing the same song on here so much. Why is it too much for you to fathom that Q has spoken and the players are tired of listening? Change is as good as a rest, Vegas. You should know that.

    Is it going to make a difference this year? Who cares? This team is not going anywhere anyway. The point is these players are being beaten up mentally, and now, physically, and some of them may never recover. Some I'm sure, will be glad to ride out of town if the other conspirator in all of this gets off his ass and does something by noon PST tomorrow. Off my soapbox now.

    HH, disagrre, Kane was excited yes, but he was trash talking Lydman as he left the box. Lots to trash talk about Patrick?

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    My point was more, what are the sustained changes. If a group of players will quit on one coach, the same group, without changes, will quit on another. Bylsma is a coach I would love to have, the rest on that list, no where near as much. Are you afraid I've tuned you out like the players have Q? LOL. These guys have played hockey their entire lives. Does Keith really need a coach to tell him how to box out a player? I'm a beer league defensive liability in terms of skills, but I at least know what I need to do, which is keep myself between opposing players and my goalie as much as I can.

    What you said about Campbell and Kane, I think, gets to the heart of the matter. I don't think things are rosy in that locker room and Kane should have been bitch slapped by somebody if he had the balls to trash talk Lydman and from what I saw, it seemed like he did exactly that. I don't believe many players on that team think they are part of the problem. At the top here, it was suggested the Hawks should be sellers and I've felt that way for awhile now.

  • In reply to VegasHawksFan:

    Sometimes, it's not so much what is being said, rather how it is said and the atmosphere it creates.

    Yes, a team will change its tune for some new music. I have seen it happen, personally and with NHL teams. Q does not know his players, and that is what is killing them right now. No one will progress in this system besides Toews who is frankly, above it all. There is just a bad vibe all around, and the coaching staff usually carries the brunt of the blame, and are the easiest thing to change IMO.

  • Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. Toews goes down with some type of unnamed affliction and we then go in the tank. Now I know how much Toews means to this team, but you mean to tell me not one guy in that locker room realizes the importance of the games at hand and steps up in his absence? They all look listless and are just going thru the motions. I don't know about anyone else but I am getting really tired of hearing the whole company line of "oh this is just a rough patch and those are expected in a long season." It is time for a Knuble-esque 24/7 come to Jesus moment. Someone needs to let it be known that they are tired of this crap and the way things are going right now is entirely unacceptable with the collection of talent that we have in this locker room. Will this happen probably not, but one can hope can't he?

    One last point concerning the trade deadline. I see the moving of Scott as a message sent to Q from Stan, much like Billy Beane to Art Howe in Moneyball. You can't play what you don't have. Could this be the proverbially writing on the wall for Q? Only time will tell. Hopefully the boys can get this thing turned around and at least qualify for the post season. From there who knows what can happen.

  • Yup this is Q's baby to make work. SB is done until summer. We can argue about his choices, but Q has to put the pieces together. Hawks have seriously underacheived and If he doesn't he will lose his job.

  • Do my ears deceive me, John Scott traded to the Rangers for a fifth round draft pick.

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    They picked up Johnny Oduya from the Jets to play some defense. His four-year contract that comes in a round $4 mil will be up next year.

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    Yes indeed John Scott is gone. I hope the explanation is that someone had to go once Oduya came on board and that Olsen represents the future and plays pretty well too. I think hammer and montador are hurt more than we are being told. Losing Scott won't make a difference but he was a nice luxury to have.

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    Well, the good news is, HH, that Keith may actually play less minutes now that Scott is gone. On the other side, look for Toews, Kane, Hammer(if he returns), Keith, and Leddy to get pounded into submission even more than they have been. Not going to be pretty from here on out.

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    FF,

    Just a hunch here, but I don't think we'll see the captain for the rest of year. As for a change behind the bench, it's not going to happen till the offseason.

    BW

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    BW, that's fine with me. As long as Q and company are out, I'm a happy camper.

    As for JT, yes, I read that the other day too. If it is a concussion, they should sit him anyway. Tough break, but, with or without him, they were not going anywhere this year. If it is a shoulder, then that is serious stuff too, so you may be right there.

  • I like the Oduya trade, but I would have like it a lot more last summer. Meh, it's par for the course this season. No single player that got traded overly excited me for THIS team. If the Hawks were able to get two players, that might have been a different story. Plenty of teams added something useful, but for the Hawks, I think all of us agree that it's time for addition through subtraction, more people need to go. I think it's an interesting storyline some are suggesting that SB got rid of Scott simply to prevent Q from playing him.

  • In reply to VegasHawksFan:

    VHF,

    Two problems with the trade IMO.
    1. Six weeks too late to meaningful.
    2. Yet another 6' 185 lbs or so Dman....

    BW

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    BW, right you are. You forgot to add, another semi-soft Swede too.

    Like you said on the other board, for me it's only a couple of weeks 'til ice-off, and then the trout season is on big time. I'll be starting to get my fly lines cleaned up any day now. Tight lines, BW.

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    FF,

    I've often wondered about that Hawk fan hailing from Kamloops B.C. on that other board.

    BW

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    OOPs … exposed! LOL

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    That's why I said I would have like it last summer. It doesn't remotely address the needs of the moment. I agree with HH above that he is likely due to make 4 million from here on out. With that in mind, I think he just took Hammers spot.

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