Wild 6, Blackhawks 5 (SO)

After thinking all night about how to frame this difficult loss in Minnesota on Saturday evening, I think I’ll just forget about it.

After all, with just over 13 minutes left to play, the Blackhawks had a four-goal lead; then, with just over 11 minutes to play, the lead was one, and it was anyone’s game.  Finally, with just over a minute left, newly minted Hawk-killer Guillaume Latendresse tied the game, giving the Wild at least a point in a game they had no business competing in.

Giving up a lead like that is a group effort, indeed.  But, four goals on seven third period shots and no real scoring chances calls one person in particular into question: Cristobal Huet.  He saw only 12 shots during the first two periods – surrendering a goal on a nice play by Martin Havlat – but was unable to keep the pace in the third.  Latendresse’s late goal was particularly tough to swallow, as his poor angle shot from the circle squirted through Huet.

In an ugly eight-round shootout, only Patrick Kane scored for the Hawks.  Mikko Koivu and Owen Nolan notched scores for the Wild.

But, as I said, I’m forgetting about this one; I think you should, too.

The loss makes tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks that more important.  Heading into a difficult road trip – that, following Thursday’s home game against the Blue Jackets – the Hawks need all the points they can get.  They also need to make sure they keep themselves out of any prolonged losing streak.

Was the loss a good thing? 

Maybe.  As Pat and Eddie opined, perhaps it will serve as a long-run reminder that no game is easy at the NHL level.  And, all things considered, a point on the road isn’t exactly an apocalyptic event.

So, as we all move on, I think the most important part about last night’s game is tonight’s.  Stay tuned.

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11 Responses to Wild 6, Blackhawks 5 (SO)

  1. CT says:

    Any idea why Havlat didn’t get a turn in the shootout?

  2. John says:

    None, unless he was injured, that was one of the more bizarre things that happened last night.

  3. Andy says:

    In a night of bizarre happenings, I’m happy there is a game tonight so that I can put this out of my mind quicker.

  4. Dave Morris says:

    Well, one can look at this as an anomaly, or one can look at it as the signs of a disturbing symptom(s).

    Being sloppy in their own zone is something the Hawks have been on several occasions, and last night it cost them big time.

    Complacency is another thing…whether it’s giving up goals early, or easing off when they have a big lead, these are not good signs.

    The Ducks and Mr Selanne won’t be doing the Hawks any favors tonight.

    And the coming eight days has three divisional games on tap, ending with a tilt against the suddenly dangerous Red Wings.

    I’d say the warning lights should already be flashing. Hopefully they are heeded and the team takes them seriously.

    There is no such thing as a comfortable cushion in the standings.

  5. Lou says:

    We got a point.

    Havlat hurt go figure, even more reason why Hossa is better.

    This is an excellent lesson on being the hunted instead of the hunters. 60 minutes every game.

    I think Herb said it best. I kind of remember it this way, “this team doesn’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.” I guarantee that the effort will be wicked tonight and it will be lead by Captain Serious and the boys on the ice. Q doesn’t need to say much. They all get it.

  6. Dave Morris says:

    Lou> with all due respect, getting a point is not the point.

    Losing a game by blowing a four goal lead in the 3rd period, for the first time in franchise history, is not to be taken lightly.

    You can be sure the video of this defeat is being studied by the Hawks’ opponents. This was a textbook example of how to beat Chicago: persistent forechecking and pressure in the Blackhawks’ zone.

    Cristo’s obvious shakiness in the midst of a total team meltdown being another matter…but when the Hawks stop playing defense, it spells disaster.

    They have to fix this, or their fat lead in the standings may evaporate, and their playoff run will be short.

  7. John says:

    Dave, don’t jump off that ledge. Life is too beautiful to let it all go on a regular season loss in Minnesota.

  8. Lee says:

    Guy’s, I am in China on business and just saw via text that they lost to Anaheim. Does anyone know why Skille was called up?

  9. Lou says:

    Dave, we got a point in a game that we played shitty. That’s my point. Don’t panic and switch to plastic sppons as a utensil 🙂

    Their is no video to show mental breakdowns associated with putting it on cruise control. Play 60 minutes every night. We didn’t.

    As John says, don’t jump of the ledge. The last several games we have had some lapses and got by. Last night we didn’t, and we learned a valueable lesson. We are more the hunted now.

    Tonight, I was there and we played a hot ANH team and out shot them 4:1 and lose. If anything our goalies tonight should watch the film and learn how to do headstands. Not sure what else we could have done to score when you play like Hiller did.

    It is going to be interesting to see if Getzlaf and Toews can play on the same line in Van. I thought getzlaf was kind of a dick tonight.

    Stay Committed to the Indian the team will be fine

  10. John says:

    Lee, Hossa was out with a lower body injury. Make sure to bring us all something back from China.

  11. Lee says:

    John: What would you like, a fake prada purse maybe?

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