Welp. The Blackhawks dominated Calgary in just about every facet of the game except for the one that counted. Credit to Jonas Hiller for keeping this game from becoming a 10-1 domination. The Flames’ netminder was fantastic, making some huge saves and getting bailed out by some Blackhawks blunders on the doorstep. If every Hawks loss this year looks like that one, we won’t have too much to complain about.

Actually, there wasn’t much to complain about other than going 1-7 on the power play. Even with that atrocious percentage, the Hawks power play had scoring chances and just couldn’t finish.

Anywho, let’s hit up some talking points and get back after it on Saturday night.

  • Let’s kill the narrative right away here: The Blackhawks didn’t lose because Dan Carcillo missed two wide-open nets. In fact, Carcillo was effective in just over nine minutes of ice time tonight. He forechecked well and forced the bad Calgary defensemen to cough up pucks in their own end, was defensibly responsible, and managed to have a few scoring opportunities. If he plays nine minutes a night like that for the rest of the year, it’s going to be hard to bitch about him on the roster. In fact, his linemates seem comfortable with him, maybe most notably in the third period where Marcus Kruger looked off a shot to try and feed Carcillo in the slot despite him fighting off a defender.
  • While I’m playing #NarrativeKiller, I’d like to point out that David Rundblad was quite fine tonight. Nine minutes from him as a 6th D is a little low, but he extended plays at the offensive blueline and had some nifty stickwork to keep pucks to the outside. Again, tough to complain about that performance.
  • LOL Brandon Bollig played 7 minutes and I barely noticed him.
  • Despite giving up 2 goals on 18 shots, Corey Crawford made some big saves to keep the game close. The end of that sentence is uncomfortable to type describing a game against the Flames. He came up big on two breakaways and can’t really be faulted on either Calgary score.
  • #FreeMorin. The kid gets stapled to the bench even though he was effective on most of his shifts. It’s unreal that he can play a full shift with the puck in the offensive zone with Toews and Sharp and then not see the ice again.
  • It’d be cool if Jonathan Toews would score a goal sometime.
  • Speaking of centers, Andrew Shaw somehow won 62% of his draws. I think that number is skewed, because he has no business in a faceoff circle. It was not more apparent than when he lost 2 of 3 faceoffs against an exhausted line that iced the puck three times in about 10 seconds. Woof.

As stated above, the gripes are pretty minor. when you have 50 shots and lose, you can chalk it up to a hot goalie and bad luck. It’s a long season and this stuff happens. Enjoy watching a complete turd performance on Saturday from the #Perds.