Jan 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) tries to score against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the second period of an NHL game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks were back at it on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche and the Central Divisional rivals took to the ice at the United Center and this is how the game played out.
The Blackhawks were trying to end their slow start rut but it wasn’t to be on Tuesday night. Nathan Mackinnon scored 53 seconds in and it was a rough start for Corey Crawford after giving up the juicy rebound. 24 seconds later Maxime Talbot put a puck that barely got over the goal line past Crawford for a 2-0 lead and the United Center was stunned. The Blackhawks had their chances especially the play of the Jonathan Toews line which owned the puck every shift but the offensive plays were just too cute and they never got a puck into the back of the net in the first period. The Hawks lead 17-11 on the shot chart but after one period trail the Av’s 2-0.
Here is what you need to know about the second period… 21-5 and ZERO!! The Hawks out shot the Av’s 21-5 in the period and Seymon Varlamov was giving out rebounds like they were family Christmas gifts but the Blackhawks were unable to cash in on any of them. The Blackhawks had powerplay chances, and tons of possession time but somehow Varlamov has a some great magic when it comes to facing the Hawks.
The thing I noticed the most in the period is how much I can’t stand Michal Rozsival. He’s a turnover machine that cannot hit a pass to save his life it seems. He was horrible as well as Johnny Oduya in the first two frames and no matter what pressure the Hawks applied they didn’t get a puck in the net and still trailed by 2 after 2 periods.
The third period and well the whole game was almost comical (Dark comedy) the Blackhawks kept firing away owning the puck and possession time but as hard as they tried they couldn’t get the puck past Varlamov. The Hawks had powerplays, 4 on 4, short-handed time but it didn’t matter it just wasn’t there night and you have to hand it to the Av’s they jumped on the Hawks early and hung on for dear life for about 52 minutes and on this night it worked to the tune of a 2-0 win in Chicago.
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– Corey Crawford doesn’t look right in my opinion.
-Teuvo played a lot better tonight but like the rest of the Hawks was a bit unlucky not to pick up at least a point
– Rozsival can watch from the press box the rest of the year if it was up to me.
– Before the Game Joakim Nordstrom was named an AHL All-Star
– The Hawks had a season high 54 shots on goal but none went in.
– Back at it Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild