Blackhawks slip to third place in Central with loss to Stars


Blackhawks slip to third place in Central with loss to Stars

DALLAS – Health-wise, the Blackhawks and Dallas Stars seem to be going in different directions. The Stars have lost a few recently while the Blackhawks just got Marian Hossa back.

But on Friday, the Stars looked nothing like a hurting squad.

Teuvo Teravainen scored his 11th goal of the season but Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each scored as the Stars beat the Blackhawks 5-2 at American Airlines Center. With their loss and St. Louis’ victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks fall to third in the Central Division with 88 points. The Stars move into first with 90 points.

The Blackhawks were hoping to be better in a few areas, especially with their penalty kill. But once again the kill betrayed them, allowing two of the Stars’ five goals (Jason Spezza and Benn).

“Our special teams, that was probably as bad a night as we could have,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You don’t even get a chance to get your feet under you to see how it’s going to look. We gave them that one on a platter and the next one was on a platter. But they have some great options; you don’t clear it, tough things happen.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans]

Corey Crawford was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Seguin’s goal was his 33rd of the season; the same goes for Benn. The Stars, who were missing former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, as well as defensemen Jason Demers, Jordie Benn and John Klingberg to injury, were nevertheless the better team.

Thus ended a two-game road trip on which the Blackhawks got just one point.

“It’s almost like that week [when] we were in Detroit then Boston, where I think we played well in the first game on the road. Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted to in St. Louis, and we kind of had a drop-off the second game,” Jonathan Toews said. “Tonight was the same way and we ran into a team that was sitting here and ready for us and we didn’t have the speed and the work ethic in the battles in the corners that we needed. So eventually we ended up taking penalties and ended up hurting ourselves. We’ve got to be better than that.”

Tomas Fleischmann added a goal, his second since joining the Blackhawks, with 58.3 seconds remaining in regulation. The Blackhawks knew they had to be strong against a hungry, if injured, Stars team. They didn’t get the desired result. They’re obviously not in a serious predicament – just two points separate the first-place Stars from the third-place Blackhawks. But they know they have to get more of an effort than they did on Friday.

“Nobody’s panicking here,” Hossa said. “We have a great team here and we’re in a good spot. We just have to be better than we were tonight.”

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: