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Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Hawks 2 (SO)

10/16/2011

CHICAGO -- Here's a look at the Hawks' shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

How it happened: The Hawks lost in a shootout after leading 1-0 and 2-1 for much of the game. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stopped all three shooters in the shootout while Tyler Seguin tallied for Boston. Thomas was good but couldn’t stop Patrick Kane who tried every move he has to get one past the reigning Vezina winner. Eventually he did, early in the second period after the Bruins tied the game with a shorthanded goal. The opening period featured a great pace and good goaltending, but Bryan Bickell’s steal and goal put the Hawks ahead after one. The Hawks gave up the lead in the third as Duncan Keith gave up on a play and Jonathan Toews didn’t cover the slot. Both players are off to slow starts to the season.

What it means: The Hawks fell to 2-1-1 and steadily played worse throughout the night. They managed just 7 shots in the third period while giving up the lead. They got good contributions from younger players as Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger continue to take strides. Their depth at forward has been helpful as Marian Hossa missed the game with an upper body injury but his line led by Kane didn’t lose much momentum. Most of that was thanks to Kane. He’s been the best Hawk in the first four games of the season, even as he learns a new position. He put on a show with the puck finally getting a goal by Thomas early in the second period. Dave Bolland’s line has picked up where it left off in last year’s playoffs, creating the turnover and goal for the Hawks first tally but Toews, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Brunette had quiet nights.

What’s next: The Hawks will take Sunday off before returning to practice Monday and then flying to Phoenix to begin a short two game road trip.