Thus Endeth the Streak: Avs 6, Hawks 2
Well, we all knew it would happen eventually. The Blackhawks lost tonight, and I guess it says quite a bit about this season that this is big news. After playing half a season without a regulation (or overtime) loss, the Chicago Blackhawks went down to their hated rival, the Colorado Avalanche.
Anyway, all our favorite excuses can be offered up here: the Hawks were bound to lose eventually, the Avs speed tends to give them fits, they're playing their 6th game in 9 days and it was in Colorado, which means ALTITUDE OF DOOM.
Seriously though, the Hawks to this point have won playing a total team game, so I guess it's fitting they lost in a total team collapse. Now we can kiss the streak goodbye and get on with the business of getting through the rest of the regular season and hopefully being healthy for the playoffs.
Very little. The top line of Toews, Hossa and Saad had a very pretty goal to open the scoring, and they were mostly good the rest of the game, but that's about it.
Corey Crawford: Crow had very little help, but on a night where it was obvious his mates weren't at their best, he gave up one very soft goal and took a dumb penalty that led to another.
Faceoffs: The Hawks got absolutely hosed at the dot, as not even Jonathan Toews could manage 50% tonight.
Roster Management: Good news, with a loss tonight, we can now bitch about Joel Quenneville again! With Patrick Sharp's injury, it would seem to me that calling up a forward from Rockford who has an actual pulse might be a good idea. Instead, Brandon Bollig was called up so that he and Carcillo could sit on the bench while Q rolled three lines and double-shifted guys like Kruger. BRANDON BOLLIG SERVES NO FUCKING PURPOSE HERE!
I think the unkindest cut of all is that I didn't get to use this photoshop as the lead:
The Hawks play the Oilers on Sunday at 6pm. DOOM.