Five Things: Blackhawks start poorly against dangerous Stars


Five Things: Blackhawks start poorly against dangerous Stars

Remember when the Blackhawks said they made a statement in their victory over the Dallas Stars last week? Well, the Stars made one right back on Thursday.

Yes, it was a rather forgettable night for the Blackhawks, who looked lackluster at best in their 4-2 loss to the Stars. Ah, why go through a long setup in this one? Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off and get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ loss to the Stars.

1. Bad start against a dangerous team. Coach Joel Quenneville labels a few NHL teams dangerous. This one actually is. The Stars were angry and frustrated after their loss to the Blackhawks and had something to prove in this one. They were hot from the start, caught the Blackhawks on their heels and the Blackhawks didn’t react through the first 40 minutes. Quenneville used the word “brutal” twice to describe the Blackhawks’ start. Hard to argue.

2. The Blackhawks miss Artemi Panarin. No, his absence (due to illness) is not the reason they lost. Let’s remember the Blackhawks suffered two ugly shutouts entering the All-Star break, and Panarin was perfectly healthy and in those lineups. But there’s no doubt it disrupted the chemistry the Blackhawks, and that second line, have had this season. We’re guessing the Blackhawks staff has expedited chicken soup to his house.

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3. The Stars power play capitalizes. Dallas has a decent advantage on the road (11th in the league), but it looked a lot better than that on Thursday night. The Stars scored on both of their first-period power plays; it took them all of four seconds to score on the second one, the third of Patrick Eaves’ goals on the night. The Blackhawks had two short-handed goals against the Stars last week. Their penalty kill was futile in this one.

4. Goalie change changes energy — eventually. Scott Darling took over for Corey Crawford after Crawford allowed the Stars’ four goals on 18 first-period shots. But if the move was made to stoke the Blackhawks’ collective fire, it didn’t work in the second period. It took the Blackhawks until the third period to wake up, and by then it was too little too late.

5. Paying homage to Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya. The Blackhawks rolled video montages to both former Blackhawks, a longer one for Sharp, who spent 10 seasons and won three Stanley Cups here. Sharp looked emotional at the end of his, and both players got great ovations from the Blackhawks fans. It brought emotions from the Blackhawks, too. “It brings back good memories, and obviously you miss those friends and those teammates,” Jonathan Toews said. “They're doing well. They're obviously playing well. They have a good team and a good city around them. We’d love to have those guys still in this room, so in a way it's kind of tough to see.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."