Blackhawks offense stopped by Holtby, Capitals in loss


Blackhawks offense stopped by Holtby, Capitals in loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t as perturbed with Thursday night’s loss as he was Wednesday’s. At least against the Washington Capitals, the Blackhawks had some choice scoring opportunities.

But it was another loss nonetheless and another one in which the Blackhawks’ offense just could not find many answers.

Viktor Svedberg scored the first goal of his NHL career but the Blackhawks were otherwise quiet in a 4-1 loss to the Capitals at the Verizon Center. It wasn’t as dismal a game as Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, where the Blackhawks looked listless from start to (just about) finish. But it was the same result, nonetheless.

“You don’t like the way things are going,” Quenneville said. “The game’s over before you know it.”

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It was another night where the Blackhawks looked for some chemistry or jump throughout their lines. The fourth group, the reunited Andrew Desjardins, Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw, was the Blackhawks’ best combination with the best scoring opportunities. But be it Braden Holtby, who stopped 26 of 27 shots, iron or near misses, the Blackhawks couldn’t capitalize much.

On the other side, the Capitals were energetic from the start. They had eight shots before the Blackhawks got their first, a Svedberg shot that came about 10 minutes into the game. Embarrassed by the San Jose Sharks here on Tuesday night, the Capitals looked like a motivated bunch on Thursday. T.J.Oshie, John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Alexander Ovechkin scored for the Capitals.

“I mean, we expected it; they didn’t have a great last game and we knew they were going to come out flying. That’s exactly what they did,” Shaw said. “It took us a period to get into it.”

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The Blackhawks were very good in the second period, outshooting the Capitals 17-7. But as Quenneville put it, “we had some great chances, empty net missed, not sharp around the net.”

The feeling-out process with the revamped lineup apparently continues.

“I think it’s a little bit of that, but at the same time we know we can work a little bit harder,” Duncan Keith said. “I think once we win a few more puck battles and races to the puck, that’s going to help us out a lot.”

The Blackhawks have been in these scoring slumps in the past. It’s not fun, but it’s not any reason to panic. Still, they’d like to start finding solutions sooner rather than later.

“We’re not happy with how we played the last few games. Of course, we’re going to try to find ways and that’s usually what we do. That’s just how it is,” Kruger said. “All of us have to be better and take responsibility.”

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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