The Chicago Blackhawks came to the Nation’s Capital with a couple day of rest and in the end skated off the ice in D.C. with a blowout loss! Here are five thoughts on the night.
5. Anton Forsberg was Really Bad
For the first time since putting on the Blackhawks uniform Forsberg was really bad. When your the goalie of a team that is really struggling to score goals you cannot let in the 2nd goal that Forsberg let in. It was a routine save and it found the back of the net, and with it basically ended any chance that the Hawks could pick up some much needed points during their current 5 game losing streak.
4. The Powerplays difference between two teams are night and day
The Chicago Blackhawks powerplay is completely lost! They have a hard time with their entries or maintaining the puck after getting the line. The saddest part is they win the opening faceoff of the powerplay and the first pass skips off the defenseman stick and goes all the way down killing 20 seconds.
Then the Capitals get their powerplay and put on a clinic and score. It looked so easy, twice! It’s a shame that the Hawks just can’t figure this out.
3. Richard Panik may never score again
Richard Panik had some more chances to break his scoreless streak, and he just can’t find the back of the net. This time last year, everyone was talking about what a steal it was for the Hawks to get Panik. Now he looks like a guy that could be playing in the AHL. Panik needs to find his confidence or he’s really not very effective at all.
2. The Lines Changes Didn’t Change Much
The Joel Quenneville Blender really didn’t change the Hawks offense at all. They were able to get shots on goal and really dominated the much of the first two periods except for a two minute stretch in the first period and the powerplay goal in the 2nd.
The problem is most of the shots weren’t really in any danger of scoring. They were perimeter shots with no net front presence. You can shuffle the 12 forwards all you want, but something has to change!
1. Patrick Kane looks uninterested
The biggest takeaway is that in the 5 game losing streak Patrick Kane hasn’t scored in 4 out of the 5 and he looks very uninterested! I’m the biggest Kane fan, but if he’s isn’t giving it his all this year the Hawks don’t have a chance.
For one shift Alex DeBrincat was with Kane, and I think this combo needs to happen to get Kane involved once again.
The Hawks lose 6-2, what were your thoughts on the blowout loss?