CHICAGO -- It’s something no one is used to: The Hawks losing at home.
After suffering only eight regular-season losses at the United Center a year ago, the Hawks dropped their fifth already this season, to the lowly New Jersey Devils, 5-3.
They fought back to tie the game at 2-2 in the third period, but this one may have been lost to a sleepy start.
“There really is no excuse for that,” Fernando Pisani said after the game. “We need to pride ourselves on being a high energy team that gets four lines going.”
Pisani scored his first goal as a Hawk, but that was after plenty of energy was expended on the comeback. The Hawks only had five shots and no power-play attempts in the first period. That picked up, but it was too little too late.
“We have to take pride in getting better starts,” Viktor Stalberg said. “It doesn’t matter who is out there, especially on home ice.”
Stalberg had a goal and two assists, but it wasn’t enough. Joel Quenneville offered his explanation for his team’s home woes.
“Last year one of our strengths was the pace in our game,” he said. “We want to make sure we sustain it and make the other team try to catch our pace. But at home this year whether it’s been our start or the game, we want to be better.”
Translation: Thirty-or 40-minute efforts aren’t good enough. The Hawks have to get back to skating for a full 60 minutes.
“Definitely tough,” Quenneville said. “Very comparable how we’ve lost here at home. Five games 2-2 in the third and we don’t get a point.”
Lost opportunities that Quenneville warned “you don’t get another chance at.” Those points are lost and the Hawks need to clamp down before they lose any more.