A game that looked promising early didn’t end quite as planned as the Blackhawks lost to their division rivals, the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night in Chicago. Brent Seabrook scored the one and only goal for the Hawks during the first period after being a healthy scratch in Ottawa the night before. Although, this was challenged by the Wild after saying the goal was offsides, it was ruled as a goal in the end.
The rest of the first period consisted of outskating Minnesota and getting over 41 attempts to the Wild’s 11 attempts. But it was after the first intermission when the Wild got a boost of morale after Jonas Brodin’s shot deflected off of the Hawks’ Tommy Wingels stick, tying the game 1-1 early in the second period. While this wasn’t the end of the world for the Hawks, it would’ve been good to see more of the veteran guys step up such as Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith who have been almost invisible this season.
Patrick Kane on the other hand skated for nearly 26 minutes because the Hawks rotated seven defensemen instead of six, which means the team essentially had 11 forwards. Even with Kane playing more, it wasn’t enough to stop the Wild, who were trying to end a four-game losing streak. Early during the third period is when Ryan Sutter scored the second on 2 on 1 breakaway goal which went right past Anton Forsberg’s left shoulder, making the score 2-1. Forsberg started his third straight game after sitting out for a handful of games in favor of Jeff Glass.
As the third period started to winddown, the Hawks desperately tried to score another goal in order to bring the game into OT, but unfortunately still came up short by one goal. While all these games are crucial to win, the Hawks were most likely gassed from the night before when they crushed the Senators 8-2. Nevertheless, they need to start thinking about the playoffs. They are currently in the hunt, two points behind the Wild. Their next game is Friday at 7:30 against the Winnipeg Jets.
*IN OTHER BLACKHAWKS NEWS*
- Patrick Kane is the only player from the Hawks who will be participating in the all-star game. He has been in it every year since his sophomore year in the 2008-2009 season.
- RW Richard Panik and prospect Laurent Dauphin were traded to the Coyotes in exchange for Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening on Wednesday. After Panik failed to live up to his two-year, $5.6 million contract, the Hawks thought it would be best to trade him to Arizona where he will likely have a bigger role with them.
- Three former Hawks’ players will be playing on the Canadian Olympic hockey team. This includes Rene Bourque, who played with the Hawks from ’05-’08, Andrew Ebbett and Rob Klinkhammer who were only with Chicago for brief stints during the ’09-10. All three players are currently playing in European leagues.