The Chicago Blackhawks extended their losing streak to nine games Tuesday night while meeting the Los Angeles Kings at United Center and falling 5-2 after being down 2-0 in the first period.
The Kings started the scoring when Trevor Moore scored on a gaping cage with Collin Delia, and the defense was pulled out of position by Phillip Danault at the front of the net, who had no Blackhawks defenders around him.
The Kings scored another goal before the first period ended when Danault shot a puck on which Delia made the initial save but which knocked Caleb Jones off and into the net, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.
The Blackhawks got a goal back thanks to Taylor Raddysh when Raddysh scored quickly after a pass from Philipp Kurashev:
But the Kings responded quickly – 33 seconds later – when Blake Lizotte scored on the backhand after a great play from the Kings, where Delia was unable to see who received a pass, went with the wrong guy and Lizotte spent big.
The Kings then scored another goal to make it 4-1 as Jordan Spence scored on a shot from the point that deflected from Sam Lafferty and into the net before Delia had a chance to respond.
With 3:18 left, Patrick Kane scored past Jonathan Quick after a pass from Raddysh, and got it past Jonathan Quick late in the third period, making it a 4-2 match:
The Kings scored one last time, however, when Lizotte shot past Riley Stillman’s stick and into the empty net for the 5-2 final.
- The first period was cruel and put the Blackhawks in a hole they never really got over. Chicago had only nine shot attempts for 25 from the Kings at 5-on-5 and four shots for 14 against. While the second period saw the Blackhawks attempt multiple shots (17 against LA’s 20), they mustered only five on goals during 5-on-5 games. While the third period saw only 9:28 of 5-on-5 time, the Blackhawks mustered only six shot attempts, even though five were online. Just … bad.
- Speaking of the word “bad”: Caleb Jones. Just play the kids right now, Derek King, and stop putting on this guy’s makeup. Jones was no doubt directly to blame for two goals against in this match, which would have been the yardstick for victory, if not for the empty net goal. He scored directly on Delia in the first period and then screened the goalkeeper under the first Lizotte goal, which did not allow Delia to see who had the puck. Not good.
- Speaking of the word “good”: Lukas Reichel. Reichel came very close to a goal several times during the match and if he continues to play as he did against the Kings, the score will soon come. Reichel had two shots, 0.27 expected goals (third after Kane and Raddysh) and a high-danger chance. Not bad for the baby.
- Collin Delia was not impeccable in this match, although several of the goals did not give him the ability to do much. Delia allowed four goals on expected 2.05, with two of the goals coming after shots with low danger. Again, hard to blame him for more of the goals scored, but he could still have been better. Even if there is someone to blame at least, it may be him.
- Or it could be Taylor Raddysh, who was the one who mostly scored for the Blackhawks. A goal and a primary assist is a good night for the newly acquired Raddysh, and Raddysh led the team with 0.43 expected goals from three shots, a draw to the team’s lead. Raddysh also had three high-risk chances in this game.
- Along with Raddysh, Philipp Kurashev’s two assists were also a good game for the young striker, but Raddysh and Kurashev played about 13 minutes each. Get yourself a coach who will actually play the young, talented strikers at the beginning of a rebuild. The fact that the two were each on ice for less time than C. Jones in this game is a joke.
- The Blackhawks steadily became less disciplined as this match progressed as they took zero penalties in the first period, only one in the second, though it was quickly offset by one from the Kings and two in the third. Fortunately, the Blackhawks’ penalty kick took care of the 3:28 of shorthanded time, allowing only one shot on the net, though it was not as if the Kings were trying so hard, especially on Reese Johnson’s penalties to end the game.
- The Blackhawks’ powerplay, on the other hand, had 8:03 of man-advantage time to try to equalize the score and just couldn’t muster much. The Blackhawks had five shots on goal, a great chance and 0.74 expected goals in the eight minutes, but it could have been better.
- Speaking of better, this whole game could have been better if the Blackhawks made an effort that made it seem like they were trying. From just 11 shots in the first two periods to the fact that when adjusted for score and venue, the Blackhawks had only 12.26 shots on goal at 5-on-5, to be one of the last to be called up by Pat Foley. Foley’s last game is Thursday and we’ll see if the Blackhawks show up to play then.
- It may be time to reunite a few lines. None of the seven combinations that played at least 1:54 together in this game were particularly good, although the trio Kurashev, Raddysh and Jonathan Toews had a goal and 72.15% expected goal share together in 2:09, so it could be worth a larger sample size.
- Phillip Danault (LAK) – 1 G, 1 A
- Blake Lizotte (LAK) – 2 G
- Taylor Raddysh (CHI) – 1 G, 1 A
The Blackhawks will host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at 19:30 in United Center, who are now looking to end a losing streak of eight games. It will also be Pat Foley’s last match in the stand.