Hawks fall short to Predators 3-2
The Chicago Blackhawks came into this game on the heels of a loss to a divisional foe. One would think that the cure is a win against another divisional opponent but unfortunately for the Blackhawks that did not happen as the Hawks lost again to another Central Division rival.
As we are coming down the home stretch every divisional win and loss is big and in a year where the Hawks surprisingly have not done well against their own division a loss against the Predators looms large.
The Hawks were outworked and lost every board battle in the first period. The energy and desire were absent. The results showed as Nashville was able to score twice on goals by Mike Fisher and a power play goal from Patric Hornqvist.
Captain Jonathan Toews was able to get a very important goal in the closing seconds of the first to cut the lead in half to 2-1. The play was a nice Toews to Versteeg back to Toews past Rinne.
The second period was scoreless and the third period saw the nail seal the Hawks coffin when stepping on the ice right out of the penalty box Nashville scored on a breakaway by Ryan Ellis that completely deeked out Crawford.
Peter Regin was able to get a redirect from a Johnny Oduya far point blast past Rinne but that was all the Blackhawks could muster as they fell 3-2 in regulation was not even able to gain a point. The disappointing thing is Colorado lost to the Anaheim Ducks so this was a perfect opportunity for the Hawks to gain back some ground.
In the post game presser coach Joel Quenneville said “our pace, our intelligence to our game has been non-existent in the last couple of games” and that pretty much sums it up accurately. If it seems the coach is disappointed so are the fans and so should the Hawks be, not at the losses but at their effort and execution.
After the Colorado Avalanche loss Jonathan Toews said the team needed to do some soul searching. Well that was certainly true then and even more so now. Hard times happen in an 82 game season to every team. It is unfortunate that for the Hawks theirs is coming down the stretch but better now than in the playoffs. Maybe some should look at themselves and ask am I delivering everything I can for this team? If you don’t like the answer then change it.
Three Stars of the game:
1. R. Josi
2. S. Weber
3. J. Toews
Next game Sunday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. CDT vs the Detroit Red Wings. Tune in to NCSN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.