Hawks fall to Jets 3-1
In their last home game til March 4th a familiar recent script was played out again. The Hawks dominate forty minutes only to fade in the third period and lose the game. Unfortunately this time they could not even push the Winnipeg Jets to overtime or a shoot out.
There is no question the Hawks look tired and maybe a little bored. The Olympic break cannot get here quick enough or maybe road life will help to rejuvenate the struggling Hawks.
The lone Hawks tally came in the first period from Brandon Bollig. He was wrapping around the Jets’ net and as he was falling down somehow shot the puck and squeezed it past the Jets’ goalie Al Montoya and the near post.
The Hawks dominated the first two periods to the tune of outshooting the Jets 27-6. The Hawks were outplaying the Jets the entire time but only managed the one goal and one got the feeling they were slowing letting the Jets stay in the game and at the same time let the game slip away from them.
The third period was all Winnipeg as Blake Wheeler scored twice including an empty netter and a familiar face Andrew Ladd was able to cash in when he was served up a perfect pass in the slot from a uncharacteristic turnover from Marian Hossa in the Hawks zone that got past Corey Crawford and that was pretty much all she wrote.
Whatever it is that has the Hawks down hopefully they can figure it out on the road as they have an extended road trip out west so things will not be getting any easier any time soon.
Three Stars of the game:
1. A. Montoya
2. A. Ladd
3. B. Bollig
Next game Tuesday, December 28, at 8:30 p.m. CDT vs the Calgary Flames. Tune in to CSN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.