Hawks Drop Sixth Straight in Loss to Avs
For the Chicago Blackhawks, it gets to a point when the same old excuses become more than tiresome cliches:
"The *insert excuse here* just didn't get it done tonight."
Despite Chicago maintaining a 2-2 tie heading into the third period, David Jones had a three point night and Paul Stastny put up two assists as Colorado skated away with a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Having dropped six straight games, all of which to Western Conference teams, the Blackhawks could be one point out of first place if they had won just half of those games.
The Blackhawks still maintain sixth place in the playoff race in their conference, but are in danger of falling out of contention if they continue this downward spiral.
Brent Seabrook kicked off the scoring early about thirty seconds into the first period as he put the Blackhawks up 1-0 when he picked up a loose puck and blasted his slap shot into an open net as Colorado goalie J.S. Giguere failed to move from post to post to make the save.
Colorado answered, however, a few minutes later with two goals about thirty seconds apart. Blackhawks netminder Ray Emery had no chance on Peter Mueller's tip-in off a feed from Ryan O'Reilly as they made a two on one break into the Chicago zone to make it a 1-1 game. David Jones then made it 2-1 when he fired a shot past Emery from the slot off of a nice feed from Milan Hejduk from the low-right side.
Patrick Kane then scored his twelfth goal of the year about two minutes later when he took a Patrick Sharp pass, drove to the net and whipped a back hander past Giguere to make it a 2-2 game.
Despite taking a 2-2 game into the third period, the Blackhawks didn't take long to allow another goal, coming just thirty-eight seconds into the final period. Gabriel Landeskog scored his twelfth goal off an assist from Paul Stastny when put his slap shot over the shoulder of Emery to make it 3-2.
After a few scoring opportunities by the Blackhawks and no goals for several minutes, David Jones scored his second of the game when he broke in one on one with Sean O'Donnell and was too easily able to fire a wrister right through Ray Emery to put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
With about two minutes left to play and Chicago's net empty for an extra skater, the Avs closed the door for good with an empty netter to seal the game 5-2.
Another goal for yet another loss.
Without a doubt, the Blackhawks are in a slump. Give credit to a speedy Avalanche team for taking advantage of their opportunities, but the Blackhawks are completely out of sync in almost every way.
It almost seems as though there is a lack of confidence that exists between every player, regardless of position. It's not as though the hustle isn't there, it's almost as though the team is hoping not to lose, rather than playing to win.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need to make sure they are prepared to play this Friday night when they visit the San Jose Sharks at 9:30 pm CT. Otherwise, they're going to feel their playoff hopes dissolving right before their eyes.