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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.

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

The calendar is quickly approaching August and a majority of the NHL's top free agents have already signed new deals or found new homes. But there's one marquee player who has suddenly shaken loose, and will surely draw heavy interest across the league.

That would be 22-year-old defenseman Will Butcher, who informed the Colorado Avalanche that he will hit the open market and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

Butcher, a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, was named the recipient of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, annually given to college hockey's top player, after scoring seven goals and 30 assists in 43 games during his senior campaign while helping Denver University capture its first national title since 2005. It's the second straight year NCAA's top player has elected not to sign with the club that drafted him, with Jimmy Vesey doing the same last year when he signed with the New York Rangers instead of the Nashville Predators.

So could Butcher be a real option for the Blackhawks? There's certainly a reason for both sides to be intrigued by a potential match. 

With Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya no longer in the picture, the Blackhawks could use a young, NHL-ready blue liner with top-four potential and Butcher provides just that.

He's a 5-foot-10, 186-pound puck-moving defenseman with high offensive upside but also plays a solid two-way game and is responsible in his own end. He carries a left-handed shot, quarterbacked Denver's No. 1 power play unit and possesses strong leadership skills after serving as the team's captain for two years.

While he is certainly no sure thing, Butcher would be as close to pro ready as any prospect in Chicago's system and could factor into the cards as soon as this season. It also doesn't hurt that he shared the same blue line at Denver as Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman, who drew great reviews from Joel Quenneville at prospect camp.

The good news for the cap-crunched Blackhawks is that the maximum allowable salary for an entry-level contract is $925,000, so that eliminates the possibility of getting into a bidding war with other teams. Signing and performance bonuses can still be included, but that's the least of their worries if they can land a player of Butcher's caliber.

His decision will really come down to best fit and opportunity to play and win, and the Blackhawks can offer all of the above.

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.

After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:

One marriage. Two kids. Three rings. 

Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.