On Thursday night the Chicago Blackhawks were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Jeremy Colliton‘s first game as Head Coach.
The opening period of the match-up is one that the Hawks’ would soon like to forget after letting up three goals. The first of which coming from Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov on a backhand shot just five minutes into the period. The next goal, scored by Jaccob Slavin, came with just under ten minutes left to play in the first. The final goal came about five minutes later from Phil Di Giuseppeon a wrist-shot.
As you can probably tell, defense in the first period was virtually non-existent. I’m not quite sure where to begin so I’ll just dive straight in. The defense looked like they were a peewee team playing a bunch of grown men. They looked slow, ineffective, and inefficient, which is the reason they let up three goals.
After getting comfortable on the ice in the second period, the Hawks’ looked to be playing better despite letting up an early goal to Calvin de Haan. The Hawks’ quickly answered on a wrist-shot from Patrick Kane to break the ice for them making it 4-1. About six minutes later, the Hawks’ tallied another point to bring Carolina’s lead down to two goals. The goal came from David Kampf with assists coming from Brandon Saad and Jan Rutta.
One of the Blackhawks major struggles this season has been defense, but often they are put into a bad position by turning over the puck in the neutral zone and letting up a fast break or a two vs one. Puck control isn’t always fancy or a highlight, but it is absolutely necessary to a team to even have a chance of winning.
At the puck drop of the third period, the Hawks’ found themselves down two goals, with just the final 20 minutes to play. That deficit was shortened to a single goal just three minutes into the third on a goal coming off the stick of Nick Schmaltz. The Hawks’ needed just one goal to send this game into overtime and collect a point, in which they are in dire need of. Even after pulling goalie Corey Crawford off of the ice for a sixth attacker, they failed to do so. The game ended with a final score of 4-3 in favor of Carolina.
The Hawks’ specials were again, not good. They found themselves up a man twice and failed to score on both attempts. On the other side, when they were down a man, they let up a goal and finished 1-2 on the night.
In the Chicago Blackhawks first game without Joel Quenneville as head coach in ten years, they made it obvious that he was far from the problem. I would like to take a moment to thank Coach Quenneville for helping to bring three Stanley Cups to Chicago.
The Hawks’ look to end the six game losing streak and look to get back on track on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers.
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