Rapid Reaction: Ducks 3, Hawks 1
February, 26, 2012
By Jesse Rogers
A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
How it happened: The Ducks dominated the second period, scoring the go-ahead goal after getting a favorable call on a video replay of their first score late in the first period. The Hawks tallied first, getting a power-play goal by Patrick Kane to break a 13-game, 0-for-39 slump with the man advantage. But with just 20 seconds remaining in the first, a Dave Bolland clearing pass around the boards took a bad bounce and ended up on Nick Bonino's stick. He fired one on net where Andrew Cogliano seemingly kicked a rebound towards the goal. It touched Ray Emery's pads and Cogliano slapped it in with his stick. The referees originally said no-goal due to the kick, but a long video review decided the puck was touched by his stick, though no replay clearly showed it. Sheldon Brookbank scored the game-winner from the point after it was deflected in off Duncan Keith's stick. The Ducks added a 5-on-3 power-play tally by Teemu Selanne in the third to seal the deal. The Hawks had just nine shots in the final 40 minutes while the Ducks got better as the game went along.
What it means: The tough break on the video review sunk the Hawks as they came out for the second period with little effort. They were outshot 13-5 in the middle 20 minutes after failing to take advantage of a predictably slow first period for the Ducks, who were playing their first home game in several weeks. Snapping the power-play drought didn’t have any effect on momentum and Anaheim simply played with more passion as the night went on. The Hawks earned a season-low 19 shots in back-to-back games this weekend, both losses. Their momentary recovery after losing nine in a row is over. The Hawks have dropped their last three games after winning four in a row and are clearly in an offensive funk. Missing Jonathan Toews doesn’t help as the Hawks dropped to 33-24-7. It was an awful effort producing an awful outcome.
What’s next: The Hawks return home for an original-six matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.