Chicago Blackhawks’ Scoring Woes Continue In Shutout Loss To Ducks | Bleacher Report

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But until then, they are going to have work harder to finish their chances and win close games. “It’s going to be tough to blow teams out,” Seabrook told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times after the game. “We’ve got to beat them 3-2, 1-0, 2-1.” The Blackhawks skated hard throughout the game, but they certainly didn’t outwork the Ducks. Few of the Blackhawks could match the effort of Jeremy Morin, who had four shots on goal and was also throwing his body all over the ice and made a number of shot-block attempts. The Blackhawks never were able to put John Gibson in the vortex. Usually, the Blackhawks will have several flurries where they whistle shot after shot on net and make the goalie submit. That didn’t happen at the United Center. The best scoring opportunity came early in the third period when Bryan Bickell wheeled behind the net and fed Toews with a cross-ice pass. The captain fired a hard, quick shot that forced Gibson to make a quick right-to-left move, and he got his skate on the puck. It’s a regulation loss at the United Center, and that’s always going to hurt. source:

Milan Michalek scored a short-handed goal for the Senators, who have dropped two straight. The game featured a matchup of goalies from the Chicago area. Darling, a native of Lemont, Illinois, was steady as he faced a handful of tough chances. Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, from Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 43 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by Andrew Shaw. Corey Crawford, Chicago’s No. 1 goalie, missed his fourth game because of an upper-body injury. Antti Raanta played in Chicago’s previous three games, including a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Saturday night. The 6-foot-6 Darling was chosen by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He turned pro in 2010 after two seasons with the University of Maine, and then bounced around the minors with nine teams in four leagues. The Blackhawks signed the 25-year-old Darling as a free agent on July 1. source:

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Smith-Pelly grabbed a loose puck when Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook fell while retrieving a pass at the Anaheim blue line, and he beat rookie goaltender Scott Darling between the legs on a backhand after skating the length of the ice. Smith-Pellys third goal came with 8:28 left in regulation, and with 2 seconds remaining on Chicagos power play. Gibson got his first shutout of the season as Anaheim won for the eighth time in nine games. It was the first regulation home loss for Chicago, which has dropped three of four overall. Gibson and Darling dominated the first two periods. The Blackhawks had better opportunities against Gibson, who made a pair of big saves midway through the second on Brandon Saad, who roared in on a breakaway, and a follow-up shot by Andrew Shaw seconds later. Gibson made a sprawling save on Jonathan Toews early in the third period. The 25-year-old Darling, who made his second start since being called up from the minors because of an injury to starter Corey Crawford, made a big body save on Jakob Silfverberg 5:16 into the third period. Otherwise, Darlings poise and positioning made every save look routine until Smith-Pelly scored. JETS 4, ISLANDERS 3: In Uniondale, New York, Andrew Ladd scored his second goal of the night 3:31 into the third period, and Winnipeg rallied to win in a back-and-forth encounter. source:

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“There are too many skill players, too many offensive guys in this locker room to have it carry on, but it’s not going to get any easier – it’s got to come from this room,” forward Patrick Sharp said. “We have to understand how to score goals, you have to get to the net, score the ugly ones and then everything else will open up.” Sharp leads the team with eight points, but he’s come up empty in back-to-back games. Captain Jonathan Toews has one point in the last four. Chicago ranks in the bottom-third of the league with 2.3 goals per game after finishing second in each of the previous two seasons. While the Blackhawks haven’t been able to find the back of the net with much consistency, coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t appear too concerned. Chicago has outshot opponents 342-243 for the NHL’s second-largest differential. “We’re getting shots, we’re getting chances,” Quenneville said. “Production has been down, but we’re playing the right way. So I don’t want to change too much. … We feel it’s just a matter of time.” The Blackhawks pulled out a 2-1 win over Ottawa on Sunday thanks in large part to Scott Darling, who made 32 saves in his NHL debut. source:–nhl.html


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