CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' loss to Colorado on Wednesday night.
How it happened: The Hawks did a 180 on defense -- at least through two periods -- but it wasn’t enough. A questionable high sticking call on Jordan Hendry produced a 4-minute power play early in the third period of a 1-1 game. Nearly four minutes later, it was 3-1 Colorado. The Hawks were ranked 24th in the league on the PK coming into the game. They were caught scrambling in their own zone, giving up two power-play goals on the Hendry penalty. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, coming off a down effort in Colorado, were on the ice for both Colorado's power-play goals. Bryan Bickell provided offense with his eighth of the season while Jonathan Toews put home a Jassen Cullimore shot that got through the legs of Craig Anderson to make it 3-2 in the third but it wasn’t enough. Tomas Fleischmann's third goal of the third period sealed the deal. Troy Brouwer's goal with less than a second remaining cut Colorado's lead to 4-3. Colorado had 12 shots through 40 minutes but finished with 23, thanks, in part, to the four-minute power play.
What it means: The Hawks were swept in the home-and-home series with the Avalanche and have lost all three meetings to Colorado this season. They’ll take the positives in their shots-on-goal advantage in this game (they had 38 shots) ,but poor penalty killing offset their five-on-five success.
New injury: Viktor Stalberg left the game late in the second period when he was shoved into the boards from behind by Ryan O’Byrne, who received a boarding penalty. Stalberg might have suffered a head injury on the play. The Hawks have dropped three in a row for the first time since mid-November. Their record is a pedestrian 16-14-3.
What’s next: The Hawks' five-game homestand continues on Friday when the Detroit Red Wings come to town. The Hawks will honor former Hawk and Wing Chris Chelios.