Dec 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins (11) shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack (31) in the third period at the United Center. The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
4. Need to get greasier goals. Ah, this was the theme of the night during post-game interviews. Per beat writer Mark Lazerus, Coach Q said, “Six chances that were either empty nets or potential empty nets that we either misfired or didn’t bear down or weren’t hungry enough.” Marian Hossa talked about the Hawks being too much on the outside, with nobody at the net. Duncan Keith inferred that the Hawks were guilty of being too cute with the puck, and that they need to get greasier goals.
All this is true and has been said over and over. Now it’s a matter of actually doing it. The Hawks need to create more quality chances. They need to get to the net. They need to pounce on second and third opportunities. They need to work harder and want it more.
3. Fourth line the best line all night. The top two lines turned it up at the end of the game, but it was the fourth line of Phillip Danault, Andrew Desjardins, and Ryan Garbutt that really brought it all night. This was especially true at the beginning of the game when the pace was being set.
The idea is to get the first goal. But even if that doesn’t happen, it’s so important to set the pace of the game. Everyone else seemed to come out slow and sluggish, but these guys are all fighting for their spot on the roster. Kudos to then for working hard. If their efforts had resulted in a goal, this could have been a completely different game. And they came awfully close to doing just that.
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15 minutes into the game, this fourth line had 5 of the only 6 shots on goal for the Hawks. That’s not exactly the way it’s supposed to play out. Your fourth line is your shutdown line, and not usually expected to provide all that much in the way of offense.
Desjardins had 10:23 minutes of ice time, with 2 shot on goal and 3 hits.
In only 8:48 TOI, Garbutt managed 2 shots on goal, 2 missed shots, and 1 hit.