How it happened: The Hawks started the game well enough, but it quickly went downhill as Colorado took control midway through the first period on David Jones’ first goal on a tip-in of a point shot. The Hawks had just five shots on net in the first period. Things got worse in the second as two sequences sealed their fate for the night. Patrick Sharp missed on a glorious chance alone in front of the Avalanche net and Colorado promptly scored at the other end when Paul Stastny found T.J. Galiardi for an open-side score. Nick Leddy and Niklas Hjalmarsson were beat on the play. Then, after a failed Hawks power play, Leddy turned the puck over and David Van Der Guilik finished the play for a three-goal Colorado bulge. Game over. Chuck Kobasew netted the final Avalanche goal late in the third period. The Hawks have been shut out five times this season.
What it means: It’s simply a terrible home loss, continuing a recent trend, as the Hawks have dropped their last three games and four of five. Leddy looks like he’s lost his confidence and Hawks coach Joel Quenneville sensed it, splitting up he and Hjalmarsson after the third Colorado goal. No one on offense impressed as Quenneville tried just about every combination. Andrew Shaw started at center on the second line but switched places with Dave Bolland to start the second. The Hawks had a few more shots, but not many dangerous chances. They had some decent looks in the third but that was when the game was already in hand for the visitors. Most nights the Hawks can at least rely on their offense but there was nothing good to report on either end of the ice as they drop two bad games in the span of 24 hours. They’re 24-13-4 on the year.
What’s next: The Detroit Red Wings come to town Sunday, just a week after the Hawks beat them 3-2. It was the last solid effort by the Hawks and they’ll need to find their game between now and then to have a chance.