Feb 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks were looking to get back to their winning ways on Friday night when the Colorado Avalanche invaded the United Center. The Hawks were 2-0-3 on their 8 game homestand heading into the Central Divisional showdown and this is how things turned out at the United Center.
The first period was a replay of Sunday’s game when the Hawks dominated the action in the first 10 minutes but the only thing they had to show for their efforts was a lot of possession stats. The Hawks couldn’t really get any good chances and then the defense started turning the puck over and a Brent Seabrook turnover lead to a Tyson Barrie goal and just like that the Hawks were down 1-0.
The Hawks didn’t get much pressure or net front presence the rest of the period and when the horn sounded it was 1-0 Avalanche and the AVs led in shots on goal 10-9.
The story of the period was the Kris Versteeg story. He lost part of a tooth at the beginning of the period and before the period ended he took a Brad Richards pass and scored the only goal of the period.
We saw a rare Marian Hossa temper loss and some fantastic penalty killing by the Hawks but it was another period of only one goal and well if this was the playoffs that would be great but during February in the dead of winter I want goals not 2-1 hockey games, but after 40 minutes it’s only 1-1.
The third period turned on one call well let’s call it too. It looked like an obvious Patrick Sharp penalty was going to be called and then on the same play Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for a penalty too setting up a 5 one 3 which the Av’s scored on so quickly that they had over a minute to score again basically putting the game out of reach at 3-1. The refs didn’t call anything all game long and then in the middle of the third period they call two on the same play is total garbage.
Corey Crawford the GIF machine made another one for the ages when they Av’s chipped one in from center ice and the puck just went right underneath his stick for a 4-1 Avs lead and that’s how it ended.
-Patrick Kane was held scoreless for the third straight game (first time this season)
-2-1-3 is really unacceptable homestand for the Hawks
-The offense needs a jump start soon
-Back at it Sunday afternoon against the Bruins
Lets Go Hawks!!!