ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Baby steps.
In trying to find their game again, the Hawks believe they are on the right track, despite losing for the third consecutive game, 4-2 to the Blues.
“I thought it was a much better game,” Patrick Sharp said after it was over. “I thought our team competed pretty hard out there. [We] could have deserved better. We’ll take the positives out of this one.”
Sharp opened the scoring with a break-away goal but helped ice the game for St. Louis when he lost Erik Johnson sneaking in from the blue line for the Blues’ fourth goal. St. Louis scored three straight after the Hawks took a 2-1 lead.
Team confidence, Sharp says, is not the problem.
“It's still there,” Sharp explained. “It might sound stupid, from the outside looking in, to say that we are a confident group, but we are. Despite the results of the last couple games.”
Coach Joel Quenneville also believes things are headed in the right direction, especially if compared to the first loss of this mini-streak against Columbus. The final of that one was 8-3 after the Hawks got down 8-1.
“That was a major progression from the last two, for me,” Quenneville said. “The pace of our game was quicker and better and more effective.”
Count Brent Seabrook in for believing things are headed the right way.
“I thought our battle level was up and we competed but sometimes you miss assignments..they made us pay tonight,” Seabrook said. “We just have to continue to work and continue to battle. This baby is going to turn around. We’re all confident of that.”
The Hawks became the last team, in the NHL, to lose three consecutive games in regulation.
Duncan Keith was minus 2 for the evening and is minus 7 during the three game losing streak. He’s plus-14 on the season.