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.
Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.
With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.