The Milk Carton hasn’t come out very often this season even though it has been an up and down January, the months on November and December were pretty awesome so no reason for a milk carton, but after the Blackhawks were shut out for consecutive times for the first time in the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era so it was time to dust it off.
Well, the Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice last night in Minnesota and well the entire team was missing from the opening face-off. I posted on Twitter that was a rough first shift for the Jonathan Toews line being pinned up in their own zone for the first minute and a half of the game and that would be just the beginning of one of the worst games the Blackhawks have played in the past few years.
There have been a few noticeable bad games in the past few years, The Phoenix Coyotes shutting out the Blackhawks the game before the Olympic break last season and Game #3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins stand out but none of those were the total domination that the Minnesota Wild showed over the Blackahwks last night.
The Hawks gave up 24 shots in the second period alone which is usually an entire game with the Blackhawks stellar defense, but really it’s the defense that’s been struggling with the exception of not Duncan Keith but David Rundblad. Another play that stood out was when Duncan Keith pinched and got caught up and just glided back to the defensive zone instead of busting it back so the Wild easily got another odd man break.
The culprit we can use for this lack of effort of course can be the much talked about trip to Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas, but let’s hope the two days off the Hawks have until Friday night will be a long enough time off to shake off the poker chips and cocktails that seemed to be slowing down the Hawks on Tuesday night.
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The only player that showed up last night was Corey Crawford or the final score could have been easily 9-0. The Hawks were out shot 43-24 and shut out for back to back games and it was tough to watch. From the Captain to Michal Rozsival all the Hawks need to look in the mirror and find their game again. Every team goes through stretches of hockey that they aren’t playing their best and it’s not terrible to not be playing your best in early February but that effort could have lingering effects for the rest of the week and all these matchup are Central Divisional games so they need to shake it off real quick.
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