Part Time Effort in Vancouver as Hawks Fall Again

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -For the second straight game the Chicago Blackhawks offense was held in check as they fell in Vancouver 2-1 in a shootout. As the game went on the Hawks did play more effectively but Friday night wasn’t their best effort. Besides Corey Crawford and rookie Brandon Saad, there were not many players who brought their “A” game. In the later going some of the bigger names kicked into gear but the Canucks did a nice job of slowing the Blackhawk attack.Early on the Hawks were playing as individuals, not as a collective group and there were many turnovers. Patrick Kane stood out as someone trying to do too much on his own. No excuses given for Kane as he tried to skate through the Canuck defense without much success, but his linemates were not much help.Patrick Sharp had an off night even though he assisted on the lone goal, but once again failed to connect in the shootout. Dave Bolland had another sluggish effort and to make matters worse suffered an injury early in the third frame. Bolland appeared to twist his right leg and fell awkwardly on his own trying to make a line change. No details have been released about Bolland’s lower body injury but it didn’t look good. It is doubtful Bolland will see action Saturday night and unless a Rockford Ice Hog replacement is called up, Kane may see time as the second line center.Crawford was strong and his effort in the opening period helped the Hawks to stay in the contest. Unfortunately for Hawk fans, Crawford allowed one goal in the shootout and his counterpart Roberto Luongo was perfect. Crawford was very good Friday night but Luongo made the bigger saves in the third period and in overtime.

The bright light for Chicago was their young left winger Saad, who created space and drove the net. Saad hasn’t recorded any points on the season but he is gaining confidence. He has the speed and strength to create space and almost scored a couple of goals versus the Canucks.
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