The woes for the Chicago Blackhawks continue unabated, starting a three-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Brandon Montour opened the scoring for Anaheim, putting a wrister past Corey Crawford. Twenty seconds later, newly-minted Duck Daniel Sprong put one of his own behing the Chicago goaltender’s net, and the Hawks found themselves in what seems to be rapidly becoming a familiar position for them: down early in the first period.
The visitors had a much better second period. Erik Gustafsson out the Blackhawks within one sevend minutes into the frame, beating John Gibson with a slapper from the right face-off circle, courtesy of Duncan Keith. Alex DeBrincat tied the game in the waning seconds of the period, taking a feed from Jonathan Toews and burying it past Gibson for his eleventh of the season.
The third period saw the Ducks retaking the lead, courtesy of Ondrej Kase. The Blackhawks hit the post a total of four times during the third frame, and never got the equalizer. Jakob Silfverberg sealed the game for Anaheim with an empty-netter, taking advantage of a cross-check to Patrick Kane, rendering the Blackhawks forward incapable of properly dumping the puck in the Ducks’ zone.
Crawford made 28 saves in yet another losing effort for Chicago. They drop to 9-15-5 for the season, good for sixth in the Central Division and 29th in the league overall.
The Blackhawks had a good second period tonight.
They went 0 for 3 in the power play tonight.
DeBrincat and Henri Jokiharju only played 10 minutes each on even strength. If that is not tanking, I don’t know what is.
The Blackhawks are back tomorrow when they face the Vegas Golden Knights. Gird your loins.