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.
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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