Dj vu for Blackhawks against Red Wings


Dj vu for Blackhawks against Red Wings

Another 3-2 game. For the second time in six days, it went to the Red Wings, in overtime.

Todd Bertuzzi swatted a rebound in after Corey Crawford made a high initial stop for his second goal of the game to give Detroit the extra point with 38 seconds left in the extra session. The Hawks didn't get a single shot off in an overtime dominated by the Wings, just as they did the first, when they outshot the Hawks 21-4. The Hawks came on in the second to cut it to 2-1, then absolutely dominated the third, but didn't tie it until 52 seconds remained with an extra attacker following a timeout. Jonahan Toews won a draw to Duncan Keith, who then swung the puck over to Marian Hossa, whose shot from the point deflected off the skate of Nicklas Lidstrom.

Both Jimmy Howard and Crawford were outstanding. It's unfortunate that as angry as the Hawks were about some of the Wings' tactics and non-calls in last Sunday's finish, they came out and were dominated. Yes, they turned the tables late and got the extra point to remain ahead of the Wings in the Central, but they were fortunate to escape the first down just 2-0, and a stronger start leads one to wonder if they could've gotten that second point instead.

They'll try to regroup and bounce back Sunday night back home against a San Jose team that's been playing much better since their last trip in here last month, when the Hawks again needed to rally late to force overtime, before winning in the extra session.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

It’s been just over a month since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in swift fashion. And as Patrick Kane told WGN Radio on Tuesday morning, the bitter taste hasn’t gone away.

“I think a lot of us didn’t figure we’d be in the situation we’re in right now,” Kane told Steve Cochran and Dave Eanet on Tuesday. “All of us can work this offseason to get better. It’s a long time to wait to get back to that opportunity to play in the playoffs again, so we’ll have a sour taste in our mouth for a while.”

The Nashville Predators, who made quick work of the Blackhawks in the first round, eliminated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night to earn the first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Kane told WGN he’s been watching the playoffs and said Nashville “has a pretty good system going.”

“They come at you, they play aggressive. I don’t think any of us would be a big fan of the way they defend in the neutral zone, just sitting back and playing that 1-3-1. But at the same time they come at you,” said Kane, who added that the Blackhawks “weren’t even close in that (first-round) series.”

“Maybe we had a chance in Game 3 when we were up 2-0, but it was a clean sweep and that’s probably how it should’ve been,” he said. “So now it’s time to regroup.”

When the Blackhawks had their wrap-up media session on April 22, general manager Stan Bowman was asked if some players, having won three Stanley Cups since 2010, had lost some of the hunger. Bowman didn’t buy that and neither did Kane.

“Four sounds a lot better than three, right?” he said. “It’s a long time away and a lot of work, but sometimes you go through those situations and you realize you won three Cups and it’s almost like you’re going to be there again. That’s where the reality check is for us now, realizing how hard it is to get back in that situation, how hard it is to win a Cup or go deep in this league. There’s a lot of work to be done.”