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Quenneville: ‘Too many guys not contributing’

Jan 8, 2014, 11:26 PM EST

Joel Quenneville AP

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t exactly off to a great start in 2014. A belated resolution might be to change that.

The Blackhawks suffered their third loss of the New Year – two of those came in either overtime or shootout, so they did earn a point in each case – in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks, defending Stanley Cup champions, managed to overcome a slow start, tying the game against their Original Six foes in the second period. But Carl Hagelin‘s late third-period goal gave the visitors the win in the end.

“We have too many guys right now not contributing to the level we saw most of the season,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said after the game, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

The Rangers are in Montreal on Saturday to play the Canadiens, before opening up a four-game home stand, beginning the very next day.

In the Central Division, the Blackhawks, with 29 wins and 67 points in 46 games, have separated themselves from most of the pack, except for one team. The St. Louis Blues, winners of six straight, sit only two points behind the Blackhawks for the division lead, with four games in hand.

  1. c9castine - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    disciplined team with a lot of pride. wouldn’t expect this to last much longer. although they could lose the division to st. louis i can see that happening.

  2. cspsrbums - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Hawks suck Hawks choke Hawk are a big joke

    • slysipops - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      you sound upset. whats wrong …did you break one of your crayons ?

  3. slysipops - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    are you including yourself and the entire coaching staff ” Q” ?? KANES body language spoke for itself the last couple of games. DO YOU REALLY THINK the other teams have not noticed all the behind the back, blind passes lately? why wasn’t CRAWFORD pulled after the first period ?when the crowd at the UNITED CENTER puts down their notchos and cameras to give a bronx cheer for a clear in stop by the goalie , IT SHOULD SPEAK LOUD AND CLEAR to you guys behind the bench ! maybe a few players need to get sent to ROCKFORD and face a little AHL whipping around for a WAKE UP ? and i mean anybody…not just the kids, actually most of them seem to be putting outmost of the effort now . MAYBE it’s time to put an end to all the TV commercials and book signings and etc. and concentrate on HOCKEY ? RUN AND GUN HOCKEY only works when you can put the puck in your opponents net !

    • jhaegs - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Hahaha @ “notchos”. Spelling is notcho best subject, eh?

    • nbcornwell - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Yeah send Kane and Toews down to the AHL. Id love to pick them up off of waivers. Ill take Keith too I guess.

  4. blomfeld - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    “We have too many guys right now” …

    GO HAWKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • slysipops - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      enjoy yourself BLOMS!

      • blomfeld - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        *** THIS MESSAGE IS COMPUTER GENERATED … PLEASE DO NOT REPLY ***

        Slysipops equals ‘quality’ life form … will not engage … message end.

  5. villi5ed - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Um, no, the Rangers do not play in Montreal Saturday night. But hey, who’s counting!!

    J.T. Miller is going to be a very good NHLer. A shame that mug like Carcillo takes his
    place in the lineup.

    FIRE SATHER!

    IMPRISON DOLAN!

  6. comeonnowguys - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    If this is a slump, I’ll take it.

  7. dollasnsense - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Bickell should be at the top of Q’s list. Dude was a beast for the hawks in last year’s playoffs and they rewarded him with a 4 yr deal. This year, Bick is no where to be found. 8 points in 32 games played with a -5 rating? NOT getting it done. I would rather see Morin at this point, but with Bick’s contract, it won’t happen.

    Also, as good as Leddy can be on offense, he is just as much a liability on D. Pretty much gave up that 3rd goal last night when he was caught staring at the puck and not covering Hagelin.

    With that said, I have the utmost confidence the hawks will be their dangerous, cup-contending selves by the time playoffs roll around…

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