Blackhawks get wakeup call in 6-2 loss to Bruins

There it is, Blackhawks’ fans- the wakeup call that Chicago has needed for a while now has finally arrived.

Sunday’s game wasn’t so much a contest as it was a clinic by the Bruins, who pounded the Blackhawks 6-2 in a game where the Hawks just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots, while Tuukka Rask finished the game with a .929 sv%.

 

The Bruins got on the board early with two goals, the first by Patrice Bergeron just three minutes into the game for his 200th career goal, and the second a power play goal by Loui Eriksson, his 14th goal of the season. It looked like the Hawks would go into the intermission down by two, until Tuukka Rask took a penalty for playing the puck in an illegal area of the ice. With just eight seconds remaining in the period, the Blackhawks managed to win a faceoff in their offensive zone, and Patrick Kane sent Jonathan Toews a beautiful cross-ice pass for a tip-in with less than two seconds remaining in the game.

 

The game rapidly got out of hand in the second period, however, as Boston scored four unanswered goals to pull out of reach of the home team. Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, and Reilly Smith scored at even strength, while Dougie Hamilton scored on the power play, his fifth PPG of the season.

 

The Blackhawks managed to get one goal back in the second, a shot by Bryan Bickell that just trickled past Rask, but the Blackhawks had no life left at that point. The game ended with a final score of 6-2.

 

The Blackhawks were outshot, outhit, and dominated in the face-off dot during the game. When the game started to get away from them, rather than possessing the puck and attacking in the offensive zone, they tried to ‘pump up the team’ with a sad fight by Daniel Carcillo and apathetic play. After the game, reporters were left waiting to talk to the players while Stan Bowman went into the locker room behind closed doors.

 

You heard it hear, folks: How the Blackhawks respond to this game will dictate how they finish the season. If they can bounce back and fix some problems in their next game, they will have improved, but a similar result could be disastrous for the team.

 

Three Stars:

  1. Patrice Bergeron
  2. Milan Lucic
  3. Dougie Hamilton

 

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