Credit: Rich Lam, Getty Images

Credit: Rich Lam, Getty Images

Few things are more frustrating than watching the Blackhawks struggle to get one past Roberto Luongo, but such was the case last night.

On the bright side, the one that did get past him – Patrick Kane’s tally off a beautiful feed from Andrew Shaw in the third period – gave the ‘Hawks another standings point. Two straight shootout losses won’t blow anyone’s skirt up after six straight wins, but how many of you would complain if you were told the Blackhawks would be 6-0-2 after their first eight games?

Tonight, it’s onto Calgary to try and ended a four-game losing streak at the Saddledome and capture two points with Ray Emery in net. But first, some thoughts from Friday night’s game…

– Does anyone know if Patrick Sharp’s dog died? He looked as if he had zero desire to play last night. He was slow, lackadaisical and damn near uninterested in anything resembling a hockey game. He didn’t look very good against the Wild, either.

– I’m doing everything I can to not get too excited about Brandon Saad given the small sample size, but I can’t help it. I’m continually more impressed. He’s fearless, plays smart, skates well and has done nothing but good for the ‘Hawks playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, who undoubtedly have helped him play so well. He also got some power-play time last night. Now, all he need is a goddamn point to show for it. Poor bastard.

– If Emery is half as good as Corey Crawford has been, the ‘Hawks should be OK tonight.

– OK, the shootout. Apparently Coach Q believed that Nick Leddy’s dalliances in the pissing contest while with Rockford warranted a chance over Hossa as the team’s fourth shooter. He also believes Sharp – he of the 8-for-41 career mark in shootouts – should be the No. 3 guy for whatever God-forsaken reason.

However, a quick note: Hossa is only 2 for 11 in shootouts in his entire career. That’s it. Eleven attempts. There’s a good chance he just gives Q the finger if he’s asked to participate in the shootout.

The main concern heading into tonight is not who the fuck Q trolls out there in the farting competition, but rather whether or not the ‘Hawks can score in regulation.

They were held without a goal for the final 53:15 of Wednesday’s game versus Minnesota, then went scoreless for the first nearly 50 minutes Friday. For a team that scored 22 goals during its winning streak, this is a bit concerning.

The Flames, though, come in 1-3-1 and have given up 20 goals already. They’re coming off a 6-3 loss to Colorado on Thursday, and Miikka Kiprusoff – who will get the nod in net tonight – has a 3.76 goals-against average while starting each game.

Time to put some quality chances on net, boys. Let’s go ‘Hawks!