The Chicago Blackhawks took on the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. The Blackhawks were winners of five straight and the Stars were losers of their last three. Ultimately, the Hawks would go on to lose the game 4-0.
The first period was different, and you could feel it. The Hawks got off to a fast start, getting control of the early game. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop looked shaky at best, which was good news for the Hawks. Unfortunately, the Hawks were unable to score. After the chances early in the first period, the Hawks faltered. With about 9 minutes left in the first, the Stars had one good shift and the tides turned for seemingly the rest of the game. The Stars took advantage of a team that looked slow and unable to contend.
One part that seemed to contribute to the downfall was the strain to get Patrick Kane to his 300th career goal. Early, when the Hawks had control, it seemed like everybody was trying to find Kane to get him the puck to score. Although that’s nothing new, it seems that it was forced, and it showed.
With just under three minutes left in the first, Stars center Jamie Benn scored the first goal. After that, it was all Stars. The Stars began the second by scoring just over a minute in, making it 2-0. A few minutes later, Tyler Seguin made it 3-0 Stars and then 4-0 with a few minutes left in the second.
Overall, the only bright spot for the Hawks was goaltender Corey Crawford. Although the score was lopsided, Crawford played well. The issues that the Hawks were having and the reason the score was lopsided was due to break downs in the defense and a complete lack of offense.
The third period just showed defeat for the Hawks. It seems that after the second period, they were done. After winning five straight, this follow up performance was nothing short of awful. All phases of the Hawks game were considered a letdown.
The Hawks look to right the ship on Saturday, December 23 at 6:00 pm. We can only hope that the good Hawks show up, and not the ones that played tonight.