Chicago- Marian Hossa was injured in the loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Blackhawks receive good news on Corey Crawford, and Scott Darling makes a positive impression on Coach Quenneville with his recent string of performances, inside this evening’s Blackhawks Notes.
Senators Snap a Pair of Streaks at the United Center on Tuesday Night
The Chicago Blackhawks saw their five game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night at the United Center, as the Hawks’ dropped one to the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-3.
The Blackhawks looked tired, but still answered all of the Ottawa goals but one on the evening, falling short in the end after Marcus Kruger was unable to convert on his penalty shot opportunity late in the third period. The victory for the Senators, was their first victory over the Blackhawks, at the United Center, since March 28, 2001.
The Sens’ (19-11-3) scored three of their four goals, including the eventual game winning goal by Dion Phaneuf in the second period. The Blackhawks (22-9-4), fell just short on Tuesday night, but Hawks’ winger Artemi Panarin netted his 15th goal of the season on the evening, scoring on the power play in the first period.
Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger had this to say about his late game failed penalty shot attempt, “A penalty shot is a great chance to score. I don’t know the odds there, but it’s a great chance to score a goal. Obviously, I would have liked to have scored on that one. It didn’t happen this time. There’s not much to do about it right now.”
The Blackhawks leading scorer Marian Hossa left the game early with an upper body injury, and was listed as day-to-day by Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville after Tuesday night’s game. Hossa is currently questionable for the Blackhawks next game on Friday night versus the Colorado Avalanche.
Artem Anisimov missed his second game on Tuesday night with a lower body injury, and is questionable for Friday as well at this point.
Crawford Activated from IR, Darling Could Still See Increased Playing Time
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed his 10th consecutive game on Tuesday night, but was activated from the injured reserve list after the game, and hopes to be in net for the Blackhawks on Friday night when they take on the Colorado Avalanche.
Speaking of Blackhawks goaltenders, when asked on Tuesday afternoon at the morning skate as to whether or not Scott Darling would see increased net time after Crawford’s return to the starting role, as a result of his excellent season to date, Quenneville had the following to say;
“It will get some discussion, knowing that we’ll keep an eye on Corey …” Quenneville said. “Certainly (Darling) has enhanced how we view the opportunity, him getting a little bit more (playing time) and making it tough when we’re making decisions on who’s in net.”
Quenneville wasn’t the only one impressed with Darling’s performance since Crawford was hospitalized with appendicitis in early December, even Crawford praised Darling on Tuesday afternoon after the Hawks’ morning skate;
“Unbelievable. He has been great for us ever since he came here,” Crawford said of Darling. “He’s just looking for a chance. He has been great. He stole a few games there, some great performances. Made some big saves in the other games, too. You can’t ask for more than that.”
Darling went 6-3-1 in net for the Blackhawks during Crawford’s absence while recovering from his surgical procedure.
The Blackhawks will get some much needed rest with a pair of nights off before playing host to the Avalanche on Friday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks 22-9-4, and the Avalanche 11-19-1 are set for a 7:30 PM (CT) puck-drop on Friday night, catch all the action on CSN-Chicago (TV) and 720AM-WGN (Radio).