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Here's a quick look at the Hawks' 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Sunday night.
How it Happened: The Hawks threw everything but the kitchen sink at Anahiem goalie Jonas Hiller in the third period but could not get the equalizer. And though they had a good number of shots on goal for the game--40 --they didn’t generate a lot of great scoring chances -- at least in the first 40 minutes -- getting a lone Bryan Bickell goal in the first period. Their highly ranked powerplay unit had a chance to help out, especially at the beginning of the third period, but couldn’t convert. The Ducks took advantage of their limited scoring chances as they finished with just 18 shots on goal. They scored once after sustained pressure and once off the rush after a homerun pass from their own zone. Jack Skille was denied in the third as a down-and-out Hiller stuck his glove out to make the save, which nearly pushed Hiller’s glove into the net, but a review of the play said no goal. The Hawks put plenty of pressure on Hiller in the third period, but one theme for the night was a lack of chemistry on offense early on. Hiller got better as the game went along. Teemu Selanne missed on a penalty shot in the third period to keep the game close.
What it means: The Hawks have lost three in a row since Jonathan Toews left the game last Tuesday in St. Louis. His team has looked out of sync since, playing just poor enough to lose the last two games in particular. Corey Crawford’s return to the net was a mixed bag. He didn’t face a lot of shots, and he made some big saves, but in the end was outplayed by Hiller. The Ducks moved three points ahead of the Hawks, who continue to fall in the Western Conference.
What’s next: The Hawks won’t have to travel far or wait long to play their next game. They take on the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. They’re hopeful to get captain Jonathan Toews back from a shoulder injury.