Hawks grounded by Jets 4-2

The Blackhawks came into this game well rested and the Jets came in off of a game the night before in Dallas yet it was the Jets that again had more energy and out worked the Hawks to skate away with their third win this year at the United Center.

The Winnipeg Jets have take six point from the Hawks and are now only two points behind them in the Central Division. Somehow the Hawks are going to have to figure this team out or hope they don’t meet them in the playoffs.

The game started off in the first period with the feel of a playoff game to be sure. There was plenty of intensity with a very physical first period.

The Hawks started the scoring on a Brandon Saad backhand top shelf goal that beat goalie Michael Hutchinson in the Jets net.

The lead however didn’t last long on a David Rundblad turnover in his own end a familiar name Andrew Ladd won the board battle and found Zach Bogosian that Crawford had no chance on since he didn’t have his stick that was knocked out of his hand by Andrew Shaw. Bogosian of course scored to the stick side to tie the game at one apiece. 

Even though that was the end of the scoring in the first that certainly was not the end of the action there were a several big hits and fights. The first was Bryan Bickell and Anthony Peluso which looked like Bickell never got into.

The second fight was between Jim Slater and Brent Seabrook when Slater ran Patrick Kane into the boards and Seabrook once again leading by example, took exception and handled the situation and delivered the message not on my watch. Just another example of Seabrook showing his leadership. 

There was no scoring in the second period but Teuvo Teravainen kept getting better scoring chances for himself and his teammates. He even battled Dustin Byfuglien in the corner for the puck, now he didn’t win that battle but you love the spirit, the kid is learning. A note to his team mates, be ready to get the puck the kid will find you quick with a pass.

The Hawks and the Jets were pretty even going into the third but here is where the Jets pulled away with two goals within seconds of each other. One on the power play by Bryan Little on an Andrew Shaw penalty and the other by Chris Thornburn on a tip.

The only good thing, you knew and felt it was only a matter before it would be TeuvoTime. Teravainen scored his first NHL goal to make things interesting. Congratulations Teuvo, the first of hopefully many NHL points and goals. This kid has the potential to be a real force and is improving every time he is on the ice. 

Andrew Ladd got the empty net goal to complete the scoring.

The Hawks will need to figure this goalie and team out because it is inevitable they will be meeting again. Just initial impressions from their games is there still was not enough net front presence and crashing of the net. There were plenty of rebounds to the slot but no Hawks players there except on the Teravainen goal.

The Hawks also need to clean up turnovers in their own end. You cannot give up the puck to good teams in your own end and leave your goalie hanging out to dry.

The Hawks and coaches will review this game and take some lessons learned and it's better to learn now than in the playoffs but it is disappointing and something that is a little concerning. Luckily too, the Hawks don’t have to wait another four days and get back to it on Sunday against the Dallas Stars.

Three Stars of the game:

1. B. Little

2. Z. Bogosian

3. T. Teravainen

 

Next game Sunday, January 18, at 5:00 p.m. CDT vs the Dallas Stars watch on WGN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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