Penalty keys Hawks' loss to Edmonton


Penalty keys Hawks' loss to Edmonton

The Chicago Blackhawks wanted to avenge their ugly 9-2 November loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Instead they had another mistake-riddled game and suffered another loss to them.

Former Blackhawks forward Ben Eager had the game-winning goal, and a Daniel Carcillo five-minute boarding call led to two Oilers goals in their 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks. It was Edmontons first road victory in its last eight games.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette scored, and Jimmy Hayes tallied his first career NHL goal for the Blackhawks, who started off January with a loss and could be without Carcillo for a bit.

Carcillo was whistled for boarding after pushing Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert face-first into the boards. Carcillo, who was given a game misconduct, also injured his left knee on the play. Coach Joel Quenneville said hed know more about Carcillos injury status tomorrow. There could also be more disciplinary action for Carcillo.

Im not going to argue the call (on Carcillo), Quenneville said. He beat him to the counter-hit. It wasnt intent; both guys went for the same type of a play and he beat him, had better position on the guy. Its unfortunate what happened.

Oilers coach Tom Renney said the hit (on Gilbert) speaks for itself and the penalty does as well. I think at least to this point its been addressed and Im hoping that itll be looked into even further.

The Blackhawks faced a five-minute penalty kill and they couldnt come out of it unscathed. Ryan Smyth scored 16 seconds into it and Taylor Hall added another before it ended to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

That kind of changed the momentum of the game, Patrick Kane said. But, you know, theres still no excuse to lose to a team like that. Maybe we just thought we were going to come in and do the same thing they did to us last game. But its not going to happen in the NHL, especially when you have that mindset.

Goaltender Corey Crawford said he shouldve had two of Edmontons goals. Quenneville expressed unhappiness at giving up Andy Suttons goal.

I gave them two goals, Crawford said. A team like that, they thrive on power plays and the more you give them, the more jump and the more energy theyre going to have. It was just a tough one, one we think we shouldve gotten points out of.

Defenseman Duncan Keith said the lengthy power play didnt cost the Blackhawks the game. But it didnt help, either.

We need to do a better job penalty killing there but I dont think thats the reason why we lost, he said. We made a lot of mistakes, and at the end of the day we have to start outworking teams. We need to bear down and kill that off.

Despite that, the Blackhawks still had a chance. Hayes scored late, and the Blackhawks had three power plays in the final 10 minutes of regulation including a double minor high-sticking. But the power play came up empty once again.

Its a tough stretch, said Quenneville of the power play, which is now 1 for 21. Well tweak it and well look at doing different things with different people.

The Blackhawks loss to Edmonton in November was ugly in every way, and especially on the scoreboard. The score wasnt so brutal in Mondays game, but it still wasnt pretty.

In games like this we need to take it upon ourselves, Keith said. Its one game. But for us to get better and to do what we want to do at the end of the season everybody has to try to get better, to be the guy and be the difference.

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

COLUMBUS, Ohio – We’ll save you some time tonight. The Blackhawks lost another one in familiar fashion. You can guess what our focus will be, so let’s get right to it.

Here are Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

1. We’re trying not to pick on the penalty kill again, but… it cost them again. The Blackhawks gave up their 10th and 11th power-play goals in their first five games on Friday night. Opponents are planting themselves in front of Corey Crawford and, be it screens or tips, they’re capitalizing. Long-distance shots are getting through far too often. “I think our focus always has to be 5-on-5. When our effort and our energy and our work ethic is there it usually translates into our special teams and I don’t know. It’s frustrating," Jonathan Toews said. "We definitely have to keep pushing to find a solution. Even when it seems like we’re doing a good job bounces go against us. We deserve all the criticism and we just have to keep finding ways, dig deep and really try to dig ourselves out of this thing.”

2. The seven-defenseman set. Quenneville didn’t want Trevor van Riemsdyk sitting out too long, and for a few days it looked like Brian Campbell was going to be the odd-man out tonight. Instead the Blackhawks went with seven, which gave them the chance to rotate and put Campbell back on his natural left. With that, however, the forward lines were naturally skewed. Patrick Kane played nearly 29 minutes. Quenneville said earlier this season that it wouldn’t be something the Blackhawks would try often. Speaking of van Riemsdyk…

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3. Van Riemsdyk hurt again. You have to feel for van Riemsdyk. He finally got healthy last season playing in all 82 games after knee and wrist injuries sidelined him the previous one. Now it looks like he’ll be out again after he went hard into the net late in the second period. Van Riemsdyk got tangled up and his right arm/shoulder collided with the post.

4. Tyler Motte gets his first. The University of Michigan product scored his first career NHL goal, a rebound off a Toews shot in the second period. Considering the game’s outcome, however, Motte’s enthusiasm was tempered. “It was exciting. It felt good to chip in offensively but obviously the real story is us losing another game,” he said. “We were better in the offensive zone but there are still some things to improve on. The most important thing is winning games.”

5. Brandon Saad great but stymied. The former Blackhawks left wing had some tremendous scoring opportunities on Friday. He had a team-high seven shots, most high quality, but Crawford stopped him every time. Just in case anyone needed a reminder of what the kid is capable of, regardless of which sweater he’s wearing.

Penalty kill struggles again in Blackhawks’ loss to Blue Jackets

Penalty kill struggles again in Blackhawks’ loss to Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Blackhawks were trying a different look on Friday, going with seven defensemen. But at the end of the night, it was something all too familiar contributing to their downfall.

Tyler Motte scored the first goal of his NHL career but the Blackhawks gave up two more power-play goals in their 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. It was another night on which special teams doomed the Blackhawks; through the first five games of their regular season, their penalty kill has now allowed 11 goals.

And the loss could also sting them, personnel-wise. Trevor van Riemsdyk went hard into the post late in the second period and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk, who has had his injury issues in the past, “may be out for a bit.” Quenneville added that he’ll know more on Saturday.

Quenneville dressed seven defensemen to get everyone playing. Van Riemsdyk had been a healthy scratch the previous three games. It also gave him a chance to put Brian Campbell back on the left, his normal side. But regardless of the new defensive look, the penalty kill remained its unreliable self.

“It just seems a lot of times it’s a quick play off a faceoff and it’s in our net,” said Duncan Keith. “It’s a few different things and obviously, we as players, we need to take ownership of it and figure out a way to get the job done. You watch it, there’s lots of different things.”

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Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno was set up right in front of Corey Crawford on both of their successful power plays. On the first, a Zach Werenski goal, Foligno set the screen. On the second, he tipped David Savard’s shot. The Blackhawks’ confidence has to be shaken, and that never helps.

“It’s the same way 5-on-5: I think when you’re snake bitten you tend to try too hard and do too much. That can end up hurting you as well,” Jonathan Toews said. “As forwards I think that’s the No. 1 thing. We have to be better getting in shot lanes. It started on the road against Nashville, they scored two goals going right past our forwards and it kind of led one game after another to today.”

Still, the Blackhawks had a great chance to find an equalizer at the end. They got a power play with 3:26 remaining. Despite some good scoring chances, and Crawford pulled for an extra attacker, the Blackhawks couldn’t capitalize. Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 34 shots in the victory.

The Blackhawks can’t stop the bleeding on the penalty kill. It’s cost them in all three of their losses and it’s made their two victories closer than necessary. They know what the problems are. They have to fix them fast.

“Both plays could have been prevented, whether it was a block, clear, just got to get sharper, more determination and try to stay out of the box,” Quenneville said. “Starts from the faceoff to a clear to shots and recognize when there’s a chance to pressure. We had a couple of opportunities there. they end up in our net right now.”