Michael Frolik had the opportunity, the puck on his stick, the net seemingly gaping.
And then, just like that, it was gone. For a player whos struggling to score goals, it was just one more frustrating moment.
Frolik thought he had a goal when the puck caromed off the board and right onto his stick, with Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard out of position. But Howard got over in time to deflect the shot away. Frolik, who has just five goals this season, couldnt believe it.
I just saw the wide-open net. I was pretty sure it was going to go in. I saw him slide over and it hit his toe, said Frolik. Thats got to go in. I have to make sure that goes in. I dont know how he saved it.
This seasons been a frustrating one for Frolik. Hes been solid defensively and has had three assists in his past four games. But goals have been sparse. Froliks last one came Dec. 14 in Minnesota, and he was baffled when he was denied on Saturday.
For sure, it was a lucky bounce. You take those and I didnt, Frolik said. Its too bad. Good goal scorers put it in and I didnt. What can you do?
Froliks been trying to get off this goal scoring schnide. Saturday was just one more frustrating moment.
You know, someone with confidence wouldve put it in there some way. When youre not, the nets a little tighter, coach Joel Quenneville said.
The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.
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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.
Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.
Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.