- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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VANCOUVER -- After just one game the jury remains out on whether newly acquired Chicago Blackhawks center Brendan Morrison is the answer to the Hawks' problems in the middle on the second line. Morrison had a slow start in the 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, including missing a great scoring chance in the second period.
“He got better as the game went along,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought he got [more] comfortable with the puck.”
Morrison had several turnovers early in the game and even iced it once during a Hawks’ power play, but his biggest “miss” came when Cory Schneider slid across the crease to stop him from scoring an easy goal after turning over the puck to the former Canuck.
“Hats off to him,” Morrsion said. “He made a great save. I took my time with it. Shot it hard. I just didn’t get it high enough. Desperation save.”
Morrison played 18:56 registering just one shot while winning only 31 percent of his faceoffs.
“It’s a start,” Morrison said. “I didn’t think our line generated a whole lot … It was fun. We started off with a lot of positives.”
There were some positives but he didn’t have the immediate impact some might like. Then again he wasn’t brought in as the blue-chip answer. Just a veteran getting a new chance. He’ll need a few more before judgement can be rendered.
“He’s playing with a couple nice players,” Quenneville said. “Once he gets more familiar with them I think he’ll get anticipate where they’re going to be ... and I think that’s where he improved in the game.”
And if it doesn’t work out he’ll be added to a long list who have played that position this season but didn’t stick.
• The Hawks were not called for a penalty for the second time in the Rogers Arena this season.
• Despite five goals scored between the teams the game was tied for all but 6:04.
• Marian Hossa’s nine game point streak came to an end. Hossa has had two point streaks of eight or more games this season.
• Brent Seabrook have five shots and six hits to lead the Hawks in both categories.