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Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Thoughts On Loss In Minnesota

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their 2nd straight game against a Central Division opponent on Friday night, Here are 4 thoughts on the loss to the Minnesota Wild.

4. The intent to blow rule is terrible– It seems like an epidemic this season with the refs using the intent to blow rule to wave off Chicago Blackhawks goals.  It happened again in the 2nd period when it appeared that Tanner Kero had picked up his first career NHL goal, but the ref for no apparent reason decided to blow his whistle incredibly quick.

I’m not sure why this gets reviewed by Toronto because they never reverse the call, but it seems like almost every game that the Hawks are the team that gets the short end of the stick with this rule.

3. The Chicago Blackhawks Youth- The Chicago Blackhawks have now debuted 5 new players this season, and tonight saw the debut of Erik Gustafsson, and the rookie defenseman made a great breakout pass to Artem Anisimov to start a breakaway that ended up with a Chicago Blackhawks tying goal.  Tanner Kero has looked solid also and looked to have been robbed.

The question is will Joel Quenneville trust these players enough to let them play and grow in Chicago, or will there be a revolving door between here and Rockford all season long.

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2. The Captain’s Scoring Touch– The Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews started off slow this season on the scoresheet, and then he picked up two consecutive OT winners, and now tonight he picked up two goals in two different ways.  Toews picked up a short handed goal, and then he scored a 5 on 5 goal to end a long scoreless streak by the Hawks when both teams are at full strength.

I blame Joel Quenneville for the scoring problems with the top line, and tonight Ryan Garbutt was on the top line, but the Captain took it on himself and scored twice in Minnesota.

1. 1 minute mark– The Chicago Blackhawks gave up three back breaking goals on Friday night. They gave up a goal 18 seconds into the game when Jason Zucker scored in the opening seconds of the game. The Hawks also gave up a goal with 11 seconds left in the first period.  They followed all of this up by giving up a goal in the opening minute of the 2nd period.

Anytime you give up a goal it’s bad, but when you give it up on the first or very last minute of the period, it’s really back-breaking. The Hawks gave up three of these types in one game which makes it almost impossible to overcome.

The Hawks are off until Monday when they host the red hot LA Kings, and Marian Hossa is now day to day with a lower body injury. It’s not going to get any easier!