The Chicago Blackhawks fell 1-0 to the Anaheim Ducks despite playing to the best of their abilities.
It was just one of those games.
One of the most frustrating things for athletes is doing everything you can to get the job done, giving yourself the edge to compete and overwhelm your opponents, but still walk away empty handed. For the Hawks, their entire bench felt this dead weight on their shoulders as they could’t get past the Ducks.
The Ducks entered the game having been .500 in their previous twelve games, losing a game after every win they earned. The matchup seemed like a breeze for the Hawks, who were rolling with a seven game win-streak.
The Hawks displayed a fantastic performance on the ice Thursday night, but things didn’t go their way. They were doing everything right, as they were annihilating the Ducks in nearly every aspect of the ice besides hits. They were driving the Ducks back with a 19-2 shot advantage in the first period, seemingly adding this up to be an easy game.
The second period was a bit different, as the Ducks began to speed up their game. The ice was less tilted in the second period, as both team’s measured up 12 shots on goal. However, the Ducks were the only one to find the back of the net.
with 2:26 remaining in the middle frame, Corey Perry squeaked his twelfth goal of the year past Corey Crawford to upsettingly give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
The period eventually ended, giving the Hawks a 31-14 shot advantage, but a 1-0 disadvantage on the scoreboard. Yep, frustrating is an understatement.
The third period was no different. The game carried a two-way style of game, giving chances to both teams at either end. The only difference: no goals.
The Ducks were able to fend off the Blackhawks throughout the period, giving them an uncharacteristic win after being outshot 43-26.
Again, it’s just one of those games. You can’t expect a team to score four or five goals every night, especially when they didn’t play for four days. The Hawks gave themselves room on the ice to get a puck between the pipes, but failed to do so.
The one major issue to have with the loss is the inability to get a point on the Minnesota Wild, who lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the wild only up by one point in the central division, a win would have jumped the Hawks past them.
Although, with the intensity as high as it is between the top two teams in the west, they’ll most likely be trading places throughout the final weeks of the season.