Disaster in Dallas: Hawks suffer 'worst loss'

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Disaster in Dallas: Hawks suffer 'worst loss'

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted: 10:00 p.m. Updated: 11:19 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

DALLAS Back in February, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was at a loss in figuring out what happened in their loss to the Dallas Stars.

More than a month later, it was the same stuff, different day.

Angry Toews doesn't hold anything back

Five different Stars scored and the Blackhawks were punchless, emotionless and worst of all scoreless in a 5-0 drubbing to Dallas at the American Airlines Center.

The Blackhawks and Stars both have 84 points, but the Blackhawks drop to seventh in the Western Conference because Dallas won the season series (3-1-0).

Considering what was at stake, the Blackhawks effort or lack thereof was perplexing.

It looks we all picked the same night to crap the bed, Toews said. We couldnt have been a worse night of the year to do that. It feels like its dj vu. It feels like the same exact thing the last time we were here.

Problem was, its a month later and the Blackhawks are desperate for points. Yet they came out so-so and got worse as the night continued. Steve Ott scored on a breakaway and Jamie Benn scored on a 2 on 1 and the Blackhawks had absolutely no answers.

Corey Crawford was gone after Brenden Morrows goal three and a half minutes into the second period. He allowed three goals on 10 shots. Marty Turco finished, allowing two goals on 17 shots.

We were very generous on the type of goals and how they scored them, Quenneville said. All gifts.

At this point, it could be the Blackhawks worst loss this season.

Yeah, definitely, said defenseman Brent Seabrook. They wanted the game more than we did tonight. They won more battles, fought for loose pucks harder and when they had a chance they put it in the back of the net. We did the opposite of that.

Turco: Disappointing, embarrassing

Why that was, however, was a mystery to Quenneville.

Thats a tough one to explain, he said. There was nothing good about that game. I dont have a good answer to (the lack of emotion). We didnt see it coming. Were OK, its 1-0 and all of a sudden we became not smart and we didnt compete.

The Blackhawks frustration was evident as the game progressed. Toews said the Blackhawks best players needed to be that tonight, and they werent. The Blackhawks top line, which has sizzled for so long, was held to just three shots on goal.

And whether it was off a blocked Blackhawks shot or turnover or the Stars own hard work, Dallas had the upper hand throughout.

Its disappointing the way we played and the type of effort we seemed like we had, Turco said. Youre at that time of year when you have to move on, let it go. We need to figure out what to do to have a better start and tidy things up. Its over, its embarrassing, its sad, but we have to go on to the next one.

The Blackhawks probably want to forget about this one as quickly as possible. But with no game again until Sunday, theyll have nothing but time to think about the missed opportunity.

We shouldnt forget about this one too quick, Toews said. Theres no excuse for it. Those are two points we pretty much gave away. We knew it was going to be one of the toughest games of the year and we had one of our worst performances. Its pretty unacceptable.

Quennevilles summation was more succinct.

Over the course of year have some games you throw in the garbage can that you dont foresee happening. This is definitely one of them.

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Briefly

Bryan Bickell was a late scratch due to illness on Thursday. Quenneville said Bickell was fine after morning skate, which Bickell missed, but that the forward got sick later on in the day. We asked if he was ready to go and he was (this morning) but he got sick before the game. It can happen like that. We thought he was good to go. Things changed quickly, Quenneville said.

Theres an outside chance that defenseman Brian Campbell (foot) could join the Blackhawks when they play the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday. Dave Bolland (concussion) is likely out for that game.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks host Lightning tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks host Lightning tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

Click here to watch the game or download the NBC Sports App, your home for live streaming coverage of the Blackhawks.

Five Things to Watch:

1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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TSN coaches poll: Wild favored to win West over Blackhawks

TSN coaches poll: Wild favored to win West over Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups since 2010, and have eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the playoffs three times from 2013-15.

But it's the Wild that NHL coaches believe will win the Western Conference this season as we approach the trade deadline.

In his annual midseason poll, TSN's Bob McKenzie surveyed 25 of 30 coaches to vote on multiple categories, such as the league's best player and the team most likely to win it all.

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According to the survey, 11 coaches predicted the Wild will win the West while the Blackhawks and Sharks tied for second with four votes.

As for winning the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are the favorite, earning 10 votes, followed closely by the reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins with eight. The Wild and Blackhawks rounded out the poll with three and two votes, respectively.

Joel Quenneville earned one vote as the NHL's best coach, which is three fewer votes than he had last year, despite this year being arguably his most challenging — and best — coaching job since arriving in Chicago, given the youth on the roster.