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Officially, the Hawks had zero shots on net in four power-play attempts. They scored their lone goal just after a power play expired, but that didn’t make them feel any better about their night with the man advantage.
“It kind of stopped any chance of gaining momentum there,” Patrick Sharp said. “We had a tough time setting it up in the offensive zone and when we did we didn’t get any pucks to the net. It definitely let us down.”
It also didn’t help the Hawks got killed in the faceoff circle at the most inopportune times.
“Seems like we lost the first faceoff right off the bat, cleanly in all those situations,” Joel Quenneville said. “And all of a sudden we’re playing the rush game. And we didn’t have enough tenacity on the retrievals.”
Patrick Kane was just 4 of 15 for the game and 1 of 5 in the offensive zone where all power plays begin.
Brandon Bollig won a decisive fight with Jordan Tootoo in the first period after a mean uppercut sent Tootoo to the showers.
“That fight did go well for me,” Bollig said. “I was hoping it would have a resounding effect on the game and get us ahead on the scoreboard.”
The opposite occurred. Less than two minutes after the fight Nashville’s Matt Halischuk scored the first goal of the game. The Predators scored three more after that.
“Unfortunately they scored right after it [the fight],” Bollig stated. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want it to go.”
Viktor Stalberg scored his 18th goal of the season in the third period. According to the Hawks, he’s the only player in the NHL with 35 or more points with none coming on special teams.
Andrew Shaw extended a career-high point streak to five games with his eighth assist of the year on Stalberg’s goal.
“I’m not going to make excuses. There were a couple weird ones but I have to come up with another save there and not let it get out of hand. It seemed like everything wasn’t going our way.” -- Corey Crawford
“I don’t know if you’re looking to hurt guys. Unfortunately he did get hurt but that’s the risk of our job.” -- Bollig on knocking Tootoo out of the game.
“I think we lost a lot of energy in our team game coming off those three days and that emotional game. We have to recapture that.” -- Quenneville
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