Coach Joel Quenneville was asked Monday morning how many bad periods the Chicago Blackhawks have had this season. “Three,” he said. “Second period in Colorado (on March 8), first period against Edmonton (on March 10) and third period against Calgary on Feb. 2) were the three periods.” Quenneville can add three more periods to that total. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks had few answers in a 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Monday night. The Blackhawks, who wouldn’t have claimed the Presidents’ Trophy even if they had won – Pittsburgh beat Ottawa earlier in the evening – didn’t really show up at all against the Canucks. The Blackhawks were already without Patrick Sharp (shoulder) and Michal Handzus entering Monday's contest. Regarding Handzus, coach Joel Quenneville said it was a “coach’s decision.” Then Dave Bolland left in the first period with a groin injury and did not return. Quenneville said it was not serious. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks chalked up one of their few truly forgettable games this season. “I got that as the worst game of the year,” Quenneville said. “They had the playoff intensity and we didn’t respond. We got outworked.” It’s hard to argue that. The Blackhawks have had hiccups here and there, bad periods here and there, that have led to losses. But on Monday, nothing was working from start to finish. Daniel Carcillo tallied the Blackhawks’ lone goal, and that came when a pass deflected off an official and went right to him. The Canucks, who clinched the Northwest Division with tonight’s victory, were indeed the more determined team. They pushed the Blackhawks around, with little push back from Chicago.
Hawks' point streak snapped in loss to Canucks
CSN Chicago | Apr 23