Feb 3, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Schroeder hits Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks hadn’t played since Saturday night and they had their annual trip to Las Vegas during their 3 day break so it would be interesting how they would come out to play against the Minnesota Wild on Game #4 of 6 during their Ice Show Road Trip.
The first shift of the game set the tone of the period when the Wild owned the puck and kept the Jonathan Toews line hemmed in their own zone for the entire shift. The Blackhawks didn’t look to have their legs and the Wild capitalized with two goals in the period. Mikko Koivu parked in front of Corey Crawford was able to knock in a rebound for the opening goal of the contest while a few minutes later Jason Zucker got in all alone and easily beat Crawford for the 2-0 lead. Toews had a breakaway chance early on in the period but couldn’t handle the pass and the Blackhawks offense was pretty dormant for the entire period. By the looks of the first period the Hawks weren’t ready for this game to start.
The Blackhawks were slow and sloppy in the second period just like the first period. The Blackhawks were down 5 on 3 and they were very spirited during that PK killing it off but yet it wouldn’t be enough. The Hawks shortly thereafter had power play that was terrible with the Wild getting two great PK chances for a shorty but it was the only guy to show up Corey Crawford making saves. Shortly after the power play Zach Parise found Mikael Granlund in the slot on a shot that Crawford had no shot to stop.
The Hawks were out shot 24-5 in the period which is totally unacceptable yet that is where we stand after 2 period with the Hawks last goal being in Anaheim 5 periods ago.
The third period was just as bad if not worse except for the fact that the Wild didn’t score a goal. Andrew Shaw had a couple of chances but they weren’t able to get any into the back of the net and the final score read 3-0
-First time since 2006 that the Blackhawks have been shut out twice in a row.
-Marcus Kruger hasn’t collected a point in 18 straight games.
-Crawford played very good unlike the team in front of him
-Joel Quenneville is still at 299 career wins with the Blackhawks
-No more Vegas trips
-The Hawks visit Winnipeg next on Friday night