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Chicago loses third in a row (plus Toews) against Penguins

Mar 30, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t just lose Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury on Sunday, they also fell 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, dropping their third game in a row in the process.

In that span, they’ve been out-scored 12-4. They’ve also lost four of five contests and have generally looked wobbly since Patrick Kane was injured on March 19 (going 2-4-0 since then).

No doubt about it, though; the biggest loss would be their 25-year-old captain if that left arm (or possible shoulder) issue either keeps him out of action or hampers him greatly as the team attempts to defend its championship in the playoffs.

Update: The early word is that it isn’t a significant problem, but we’ll see.

Here’s one more look at Brooks Orpik‘s hit on Toews:

It’s looking exceedingly likely that the Blackhawks will face the Colorado Avalanche in a first-round series, and at the moment, it looks like the Avs might gain home-ice advantage. Colorado holds one more standings point (100 to 99) and has eight games remaining to Chicago’s six.

While the Blackhawks’ star captain left with an injury, the Penguins’ answer to Toews seemed as strong as ever. Sidney Crosby scored the last two goals of the game to ice it for Pittsburgh, giving him 36 goals on the season. He’s now at 99 points in 75 games played; as of this writing, Ryan Getzlaf is the only other player who has even exceeded 80 points on the season (81).

The Penguins are really just playing to get tuned up at this point, so this could be a confidence booster (while the ‘Hawks might just leave this one with slumped shoulders).

  1. lowenni - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Can’t really figure out why Chicago is freefalling. Despite that, if Kane and Toews are back in time for the playoffs I expect they’ll rebound. They’re still a great team with veteran leadership.

    Also, because I haven’t really been following him since he came over, can and Hawks fans tell me how Teurovainen has been doing since he came over? I only saw his first game. Much appreciated.

    • c9castine - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      theyre not free falling. losing happens.

    • lowenni - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      I didn’t mean free falling like Toronto. But a team as good as Chicago doesn’t lose this often. Agreed, it’s not quite a freefall, but it’s unusual of them.

    • joey4id - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Teurovainen was hearing footsteps all game. We wasn’t comfortable being first to the puck. He’s got great wheels, but not sure if he can play in a very physical game.

      • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        yes he can give the dude some time. believe it or not Fins can play internationally and are known for being physical and feisty. they just proved it in Sochi (again) and hes young and under sized right now.

        showed a lot of talent out there i thought and with an offseason of workouts and a training camp under his belt i think hes going to be a top player in this league.

      • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        got to agree with you joey

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Having watched TT in each of his 3 games, I’d say he’s still trying to find his game in the NHL. He’s got some impressive offensive skill and seems to be defensively aware. He has high end play recognition too. So far he’s only played with the bottom forward lines. I’m excited to see what he can do when lined up with healthy Chicago stars. He still needs to bulk up, but that’s what Kane’s critics said about him too.
      If you watch TT with the puck, he actually does remind one of Patrick Kane – amazing hands.

      • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        and KANE still needs to bulk up

  2. c9castine - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    i wonder if all the people who declared chicagos supremacy after a snowy game in chicago are ready to do the same for the penguins. doubt it..

    good win by the pens. playing much better hockey the last couple. have to keep working. just another regular season game…gotta move on. playoffs are all that counts now.

    • hammerhead5573 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Are you talking about the snowy game the Hawks had to play in too? The same game where Pitt had 6 power plays with no goals on any of them? I’m certain I wasn’t one of those people declaring supremacy after that game and honestly I don’t remember many if any people doing that either. More people were complaining about the weather than the actual game. With that said, this was a good win by the Pens. As a Hawks fan, any win at this point in time is a good win.

      • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        dont put words in my mouth i didnt say the pens lost because of snow. if anything i was implying it was a less than normal hockey game, but otherwise (and if you were to go back and look at my comments at the time which i realize would be lame on your part) i stated the Hawks came out, played hard, acted like they wanted to win, and thus had their way with a Penguin team that did the opposite.

        i also downplayed the importance of that game as some kind of indicator as to which team is better, just as i am downplaying this game. like I said Pens played good and beat them pretty sound, but there is a reason why teams play 7-game series in the playoffs. Because 1 game means very little in this league…

      • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        and yes, lots of people despite fan affiliation, were talking about that game as proof the blackhawks are on a different level and are a true championship team as compared to the penguins.

  3. danglesnipecelly88 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Fleury looked great tonight. Good luck in the playoffs Pittsburgh. Orpik wanted revenge after getting undressed in the outdoor game and he got it.

  4. jhaegs - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Good hit. What do you think, hammerhead and comeonguys?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      I don’t know, why don’t you paste this comment on more posts?

  5. csilojohnson - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    Do we really need 5 articles centered around that hit?
    How about a breakdown of the game…. 5 goals were scored….
    Or does that douche millbury run pht now?

    • hockey412 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      I didn’t think I had any respect remaining for Milbury until last night. I must have had some stored somewhere, because I lost even more after hearing that hypocritical moron talk in the post-game. I knew better, I should have turned the channel before they gave him the mic.

  6. bobc74 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Aha! We’ve finally found the boss of the hockey mafia. Mike Milbury. If NBC won’t shut this guy up, maybe it’s time for Mr. Bettman to step in and tell NBC to get this goon off the air. No reason for any commentator in any sport to advocate “revenge” hits or fights on television or print media. Granted it’s a part of the game, but let’s leave that up to the players to decide, not network media talking sh__ heads.

    • jdlinder11 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      I don’t know why NBC thinks he is an expert. Everything he touched during his career in the NHL turned to garbage.

      • whammy71 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Milbury is playing the stooge here….the heel. He plays the tool character well. His job is to get people talking….and his continuing to advocate revenge and chaos serve NBC well. Hockey isn’t in the mainstream like the other pro leagues…so the more people talk – the better.

        I agree with everyone – he is a d-bag idiot…but he is filling a role for NBC….one he is perfectly tailored for.

      • c9castine - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        whammy you might need people to say stupid fans or basketball fans might need people to say stupid things, to get their brain churning (seems ironic) but i don’t think most of us do.

        there was a conversation about this hockey issue before mike milbury opened his backwards mouth. the only thing mike milburys comments ever cause is conversation about how stupid mike milbury is.

        the conversation on the hockey topic exists with/without him and hes not attracting anybody new by saying this crap.

        and when i said crap, i mean crap like “Brooks Orpik doesn’t believe in fighting, and that puts everybody involved in an awkward situation”.

      • slysipops - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        a lot of these commentators are full of …stuff ! if a lot of them ( with the exceptions of a few ) played as good as they remember or act like they remember, the hockey hall of fame would be filling the airwaves ! 2 things to remember……………… #1 a lot of the new fans don’t know poop from shinola about hockey ( so anyone sounds good ) # 2 a lot of these commentators played in a different era of hockey …. the game was much slower and rougher in a lot of ways. guys like BOBBY HULL …STAN MAKITA ..GORDIE HOWE …ETC. ETC.probably wouldn’t be standouts like they were in todays game. i saw a lot of those guys live ….compared to todays players the speed was much less . a different game today …. no clutching and grabbing all speed

  7. gr8twhitey - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Milbury is a complete idiot. NBC sports needs to get rid of this guy. Nothing worse than an announcer from the booth calling for players heads and advocating violence. Mike “telephone toughguy” Milbury at it again.

  8. gr8twhitey - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    And he’s still pouting over the pens passing him over for a coaching position. Get over it fatboy

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