Dave Bolland hurt as Hawks suffer second consecutive shootout loss
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org February 1, 2013 11:16PM
Zack Kassian, Corey Crawford
Updated: February 2, 2013 12:25AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — As far as bloodlust-fueled games between two of the NHL’s most heated, hated rivals go, the Blackhawks-Vancouver Canucks showdown Friday was a major letdown.
As far as re-energizing bounce-back games go for the Hawks, it was even worse.
In a matchup that had been hotly anticipated for more than 10 months — since defenseman Duncan Keith knocked Canucks star Daniel Sedin out for nearly a month with a concussive elbow to the head — the Hawks sleepwalked their way through two periods before falling 2-1 in a shootout at Rogers Arena. It was their second consecutive shootout defeat after a 6-0 start.
After goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo each stopped the first three shots they faced in the shootout, a shot by the
Canucks’ Jordan Schroeder trickled past Crawford before Nick Leddy — a surprise pick as the Hawks’ fourth shooter — shot wide.
‘‘He’s been doing it, and he’s been good at it every time we go in our [intrasquad] games and down in Rockford,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s deceiving, and he’s familiar with it, as well.
‘‘We’ve been looking for some guys to break through in that area over the last couple of years. It’s been kind of a sore spot. I think he deserved a chance, and he had a chance.’’
Compounding matters for the Hawks was what looked to be an injured right leg suffered by second-line center Dave Bolland, who crumpled to the ice early in the third period and slammed his stick on the boards — breaking it in two — before lurching to the bench and being helped to the dressing room.
Quenneville said the Hawks would know more about Bolland’s condition Saturday and said he had ‘‘no complaints’’ about a supposed slash after seeing the replay.
Bolland had been doing a solid job of filling that long-troublesome spot of second-line center, and it would be a blow to the Hawks’ depth up the middle if he were to miss any time. Third-liner Andrew Shaw took his spot between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp for the rest of the game.
Shaw contributed right away in that role. He threaded a pass across the goalmouth to Kane, who flipped it past Luongo to tie the score at 1-1 midway through the third period. The Hawks dominated overtime but couldn’t get a shot off during a power play in the final 71 seconds, sending the game to the shootout.
Meanwhile, there was no vengeance paid on Keith — or on any of his proxies in Hawks sweaters, for that matter. Yes, he was booed lustily every time he touched the puck, but the biggest — and only — hit he received came from Henrik Sedin, of all people, in the second period.
At one point late in the second period, Daniel Sedin offered a halfhearted shove to Keith’s back while they chased a puck in the corner. Keith responded with a halfhearted shove of his own, and that was it. And that just about summed up the first 40 minutes.
The Hawks were looking to this game as a chance to get their swagger back after a slow start led to a shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild to open their six-game road trip. They talked about getting off to a fast start but came out sluggish and found themselves down 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Alexander Edler.
Edler scored from the slot off a pass from Zack Kassian, beating Keith — who had lost his stick — and Crawford, who finished with 21 saves. Ray Emery likely will get his second start of the season Saturday against the Calgary Flames.