Los Angeles Kings
Saturday, January 31st, 2009 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
Not a good night in L.A. for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks fell behind the Kings 3-0 after 2 periods in Los Angeles and never had enough to make it close down the stretch. Dave Bolland’s 9th goal of the season cut the Kings lead to 3-1 7 minutes into the 3rd period, but the Kings answered with Alexander Frolov’s 21st goal of the season just 40 seconds later. One bright spot – Patrick Sharp scored his 22nd goal of the season. The Kings only took 25 total shots, but they made them count – scoring on 4 of them plus their empty netter. Cristobal Huet fell to 12-9-3 on the year. The Blackhawks are now 26-13-8 with 60 points. They are still locked into the 4th seed in the Western Conference, 7 points ahead of each of the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyote and Anaheim Ducks. They also have at least 1 game in hand against each of those teams.
Monday, December 1st, 2008 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
After a promising 3-0 start to the annual “Circus Road Trip”, the Blackhawks ended up losing the last 3 games of the road trip to finish at an even .500.
On Friday, the Ducks blanked the Blackhawks 1-0 – the 1st shutout suffered by the Blackhawks all season long. Despite out-shooting the Ducks 26-21, the Blackhawks never found the net, and they wasted a good outing by Cristobal Huet. Huet has been starting in goal for the Blackhawks ever since Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a lower-body injury in the Blackhawks loss to the San Jose Sharks a few days earlier. Huet saved all but 1 shot by the Ducks, as Ryan Getzlaf’s 9th goal of the season just 5 minutes into the 2nd period ended up being the game-winner for the Ducks. Ducks’ Goalie Jonas Hiller is 4-0 in his last 6 games and he saved all 26 Blackhawks’ shots. During that 6-game span, Hiller has saved 131 of 138 shots faced.
On Saturday, the Blackhawks fell behind the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 early in the 1st period. Later in the period, Patrick Sharp tied the game at 1 with his 13th goal of the season and Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks their first lead of the game with his 12th goal of the NHL season. It went all downhill from there. The Kings tied the game in the 2nd period and then put on an offensive barrage in the 3rd period, scoring 3 goals to put the game away. The Blackhawks ended up losing 5-2.
Cristobal Huet did not fare so well in this game for the Blackhawks. He saved 23 of 27 shots, but is only 3-4-2 on the season.
Seven of the last 9 games for the Blackhawks have been 1- goal games. The Blackhawks have won only 2 of those 9 games. Blackhawks fines were ecstatic about the 3-0 start to the Circus Road Trip, but have to be disappointed with the way the Blackhawks finished off the trip. I know that the Sharks are probably the NHL’s best team, and the Ducks are one of the elite teams in the NHL too, but getting routed by the Kings (a team with less points than the Blackhawks) was frustrating for me to watch. The Blackhawks are 10-6-6 on the NHL season and they have 26 points – good for 7th place in the NHL’s Western Conference. 3 of the Hawks next 5 games are at home, so let’s hope they can get off to a good start with a win over the Ducks on Wednesday night at the United Center.