For a second, the Chicago Blackhawks may have been “back.”
With a win on Saturday night, the Hawks would have been just eight points out of the second wild-card spot. It would still be a tough task, but the Hawks would have at least had a decent chance. Unfortunately, another third-period deficit was too much for the Hawks to overcome.
They lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 and ended any talk of having a shot to make the playoffs. The Hawks didn’t play bad at all. Yet, their effort was once again, was not good enough.
Patrick Kane talked about the frustrating loss after the game.
“You could sit there and say we played good, we had chances, whatever,” Kane said. But once again, just didn’t get the job done.”
That last statement could be the theme of the 2017-18 team. Good, but not good enough.
At this point in the season, the Hawks can’t afford to lose games. They did just that on Saturday, which is even more frustrating considering they had not one, but two leads. There were some positives. By now though, everyone understands that those positives are outweighed by the negatives.
Vinnie Hinostroza acknowledged just that.
“There’s a lot of positives today, but a couple of negatives. And the negatives always outweigh the positives.”
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky came up big down the stretch, making 31 saves on the night. He is the perfect example of how a good goaltender can steal a victory. That’s something the Hawks haven’t experience much since Corey Crawford went out with a head injury.
Brandon Saad talked about his former teammate after the game and not being able to come through.
“Yeah, Bob made some big saves, but at the end of the day, it seems that’s how it’s going. We’re not capitalizing. Then we’re giving up one chance the other way and it’s going in. It’s frustrating.”
This season has been frustrating for guys like Saad, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook. The young players have carried this team for almost three months now–that was obvious again on Saturday. David Kampf and Tomas Jurco scored the only goals for the Hawks.
The trade deadline is on Monday and I would be shocked if the Hawks don’t make more moves. Hell, even Kane see’s changes coming.
“You have to figure, one way or another, this is probably the last time this group’s going to be together.”
General manager Stan Bowman is going to have a busy 48 hours, as he should considering where his team is currently at. Hopefully, the Hawks can make some moves that give fans hope for the future. With that being said, I wouldn’t expect anything major to get done.
Can this season just end already?