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Brouwer injured; Hawks stymied by Habs' Price

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Brouwer injured; Hawks stymied by Habs' Price

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 9:06 p.m. Updated: 10:52 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Blackhawks and Canadiens had just completed a late regular-season game with plenty of playoff feel. Great goaltending, great chances, great drama.

And then it ended on a call the Blackhawks didnt think was so great.
P.K. Subban scored the game-winning power-play goal in overtime after Jonathan Toews was whistled for a trip on him in the Blackhawks 2-1 loss at Bell Centre on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks got a point out of what was a classic game played by both teams, but they were frustrated that the questionable-at-best penalty led to the conclusion.

Watch: Toews frustrated with late penalty call

I dont really know what to say right now. We worked our butts off and you dont want to blame it on one little thing and say it comes down to a call but thats obviously what happened, Toews said. You can argue the call, especially when you feel there are a lot of stick penalties that dont get called against you out there. And then the games decided on something like that, its pretty damn frustrating.

Coach Joel Quenneville said I 100 percent disagreed with the call. He wasnt calling it (at first) and Jonny didnt touch his feet. Both goalies were great tonight. It was a tough way to end it.
Watch: Quenneville disagrees with overtime call

As angry as the Blackhawks were with the conclusion, they certainly did have their opportunities to win. They had 42 other shots, all of which Carey Price stopped in a fabulous performance. The Blackhawks also went 0 for 5 on their power play.

The Blackhawks gained a point and remain in eighth place in the West. Patrick Kane scored, giving him his 300th career point and changing game momentum. But the Blackhawks also lost Troy Brouwer who suffered an apparent right-shoulder injury with 13:07 remaining in regulation. Corey Crawford was stellar in his return home, stopping 33 of 35 shots.

Watch: Crawford thought calls didn't go Hawks way

We played well and we had some chances and I thought we couldve gotten some calls that we didnt. We get that one in overtime and thats a tough one to swallow, Crawford said. At least we got a point out of it. Its just tough because others are chasing us now and theyre playing well and we need every point we can get. Thats a tough point to lose.

The Blackhawks wont have much time to be angry, as they play St. Louis Wednesday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks, with 93 points, hold a two-point edge over ninth-place Dallas (91); both teams have three games remaining. Points are at a premium right now and they need all they can get.

Watch: Kane thinks Hawks have some work to do

Its tough to take because the call came so late, Kane said. But we got a point tonight. We have to look to tomorrow and try to win and move forward.
Brouwer hurt

Read: Brower leaves with shoulder injury

Brouwer suffered an apparent right shoulder injury with about 13 minutes left in regulation and did not return. Brouwer landed shoulder first around the boards and did not get up for several moments. When he did, he skated off under his own power.

Quenneville said hed have a better assessment of Brouwers status on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks are already missing two forwards in Patrick Sharp (left knee) and Dave Bolland (concussion). Sharp continues to improve and could be skating in the next day or two, Quenneville said. Meanwhile, Bolland is showing a little progress.

Briefly

Patrick Kane played just over 21 minutes and had five shots on goal. Marian Hossa logged 23 and a half minutes.

Bryan Bickell had a team-high seven shots on goal.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Despite successful stretch, Blackhawks trying to put together full 60-minute effort

Despite successful stretch, Blackhawks trying to put together full 60-minute effort

The Blackhawks have won eight of their past 10 games, and have played themselves into a wildcard race after their playoff hopes appeared to be all but dead just a month ago. But they’re not satisfied with where their game is at.

The Blackhawks have put together this solid run without playing a full 60-minute game they’re comfortable with, and have gotten off track a little bit.

On Saturday night against Columbus, the Blackhawks had a slow start, a dominant second period and relapsed in the third period. On Thursday against Vancouver, they had another slow start, a good second period and survived the third. And on Tuesday against Boston, they weren’t very good all around.

While picking up a chunk of points is crucial at this time of year, the Blackhawks are more focused on the process and the way they’re playing. And right now they don’t like where it’s trending.

“We played the way we played the last few games,” Jonathan Toews said following Saturday’s 5-2 loss. “Obviously we didn’t have the 60, the full 60 that we wanted. There’s still some good spurts in there that allowed us to stay in the game. ... Just need to get back to having that 60-minute effort.

“When we do that, all four lines get engaged and we get contributions from all over. I think we need to be a little bit more consistent, play a complete game and things will go our way.”

The encouraging part of their successful stretch is that they’ve been finding ways to win despite not playing their best. That’s an internal belief.

Now the Blackhawks actually want to start playing their best, and not just getting away with it when they don’t. There have still been some positive developments, but putting it all together has been a challenge.

“A lot of the things are still there,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I’m not sure it’s so different. I think the results are different. We have a need to improve. ... I’m not going to get too high or too low. The result’s bad, so what? Let’s move on to the next one.

“Like I said to the players after the game, the negative is we lost two points and we missed an opportunity to close the gap in the race that we’re in. But the positive is also we were in a bad spot and turned the game. And we were right there. Let’s find a way to do it for more of the 60 minutes and we’re good enough.”

In Saturday’s case, the Blackhawks played a very good Blue Jackets team in the thick of a playoff race of their own in the Eastern Conference and that's a team that gives a lot of clubs problems with the way they possess the puck and generate scoring chances. Surviving those pushes and capitalizing when the Blackhawks have control is something they've harped ever since Colliton took over as head coach, and for the most part they've done that recently.

They just have to get back to doing it on a more consistent basis.

“Sometimes you’re going to play some teams that are coming at you with everything they got,” Toews said. “So you got to kind of expect that even if you’re playing well, there’s times you just have to manage the situation in your own end and weather the storm, as they say.

"The fact that we’re still in games, we’re giving ourselves a chance to win every single night even if we’re not playing our best hockey I think is showing how far we’ve come as a team. We know that there’s that next step that we need to take in these next 20 or so games. Points like tonight are so valuable, you can’t let them slip.”

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Four takeaways: Artemi Panarin guides Blue Jackets past Blackhawks in return to Chicago

Four takeaways: Artemi Panarin guides Blue Jackets past Blackhawks in return to Chicago

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of 22,196 fans — the largest crowd of the season — at the United Center on Saturday:

1. Blackhawks have no answer for Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson line

The Blue Jackets three leading scorers are Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin. A reason for that is they all play on the same line. And the Blackhawks had no answer for them.

Atkinson scored a goal, Dubois had a goal and an assist, and Panarin was named the first star of the game after scoring twice and adding a primary assist. Heck, the line nearly connected for a fifth goal but Atkinson was a smidge offside and it was overturned.

"I think we gave them their chances, whether we turned it over in the D-zone for a couple of their goals or they got a bounce going on a rush a couple times too," said Connor Murphy, who was on the ice for three of the five goals. "But they're a dangerous line and you gotta be more disciplined if you want to be better against them."

2. Struggling starts continue

The Blackhawks have been struggling out of the gates as of late. They gave up three more goals, and allowed 16 scoring chances at 5-on-5 in the opening frame, according to naturalstattrick.com

Fortunately, they got one of their own when Patrick Kane found the back of the net to extend his point streak to 17 games. But the Blue Jackets — Panarin, who else? — responded 17 seconds later and then again with 46 seconds remaining in the period. The Blackhawks have now been outscored 8-3 in the first period in their past three games.

"We weren’t very good in the beginning of the game," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We were sloppy with the puck and too loose defensively, and they got some pretty good players who put the puck in the net. So we made it hard on ourselves. We looked like, for a bit, that we were going to get out of the period 1-1 and then obviously that was tough to go down two like that."

3. Sergei Bobrovsky staves off second-period push

After being outscored 3-1 in the first period, the Blackhawks completely controlled the tempo in the second period. They outshot the Blue Jackets 20-9, had 11 scoring chances at 5-on-5 to their six, and scored a goal with 33.6 seconds left to give them some momentum going into intermission.

But that's all they got, thanks to a two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie who stopped 39 of 41 shots for a save percentage of .951, with 33 of his 39 saves coming in the first two periods.

"He was good again tonight," Brent Seabrook said. "I think he's won the Vezina a couple times. Hell of a goalie."

4. Kane and Panarin share a moment

When the Blackhawks were in Columbus earlier this season, Kane and Panarin shared a funny moment at the end of warmups. Panarin waited for Kane to leave the ice before skating hard to the bench after Kane waved him on.

The bromance continued on Saturday night.

Kane and Panarin each took turns firing pucks at one another, with Panarin getting the last shot as Kane left ice. It was an enjoyable moment for Chicago fans between two former teammates who remain in touch.

"We have a pretty good relationship," Panarin said through a translator. "I kind of miss him a lot, so we decided to play around a little bit."

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