Streaks ending: Five Things from Blackhawks-Avalanche


Streaks ending: Five Things from Blackhawks-Avalanche

Well, it was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

The Blackhawks could say that about a few things on Tuesday night, especially Patrick Kane’s streak, which was snuffed out by the Colorado Avalanche. But it was bound to end at some point.

So before we end this evening, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-0 loss to the Avalanche.

1. Patrick Kane’s franchise-best point streak ends at 26 games. Kane was certainly happy to have the point streak that he did, a heck of a run in which he recorded 16 goals and 24 assists (40 points). There were a few times the streak could’ve been over earlier – please see the Blackhawks’ mid-November game in Anaheim. And while Kane is looking forward to talking about something else from here on out, his point streak will still be the topic of conversation for a little bit longer. “It was definitely fun while it lasted,” he said.

2. Solving Semyon Varlamov. Yes, Varlamov is a great goaltender, especially against the Blackhawks. The guy just seems to be locked in against Chicago, and Tuesday was no different. Could the Blackhawks have had better shots on him? Absolutely. You could have counted on one hand how many great scoring chances the Blackhawks had. And they lacked traffic again. But a victory is a victory, and Varlamov now has 11 of them in his career vs. the Blackhawks.

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3. Corey Crawford’s streak ended, too. Corey Crawford had won four in a row, including back-to-back shutouts, entering Tuesday. He also had a nice shutout streak going, but that ended with Matt Duchene’s goal 14:30 into the first period. Still, a shutout streak of 155 minutes, 16 seconds was pretty nice for Crawford, who was named the NHL’s first star for last week.

4. Rob Scuderi’s Blackhawks debut. Scuderi, acquired late Monday night from the Penguins in exchange for Trevor Daley, was “fine” according to coach Joel Quenneville. Scuderi, brought in to give the Blackhawks more of a stay-at-home defenseman as well as another penalty killer when their other penalty killers took penalties, paired with Michal Rozsival on Tuesday. Scuderi played 12:26 with two shots on goal and a blocked shot. Said Quenneville, “I thought his thought process and positioning were safe and reliable and I thought he did a good job defending."

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5. Andrew Shaw’s hit getting supplemental discipline? Shaw had a high hit on Colorado defenseman Francois Beauchemin in the third period. Shaw received a roughing minor on the play. The NHL will review it; they always give another look to hits like this. Whether or not the league gives Shaw supplemental discipline, however, remains to be seen.

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: