CHICAGO -- Just one night earlier, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy admitted he needed to play better. He’ll have to wait for his next chance, because things got even worse for him in the Blackhawks' 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Leddy was on ice for all four goals-against.
“Everybody has some games where it’s not perfect for you,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Leddy. “Just fight through it.”
Leddy wasn’t able to on Friday.
On goal No. 1 he was standing in the slot area next to David Jones when Erik Johnson put a point shot on net. Jones tipped it in. On goal No. 2 he lost puck battles as Paul Stastny got by him and found T.J. Galiardi for a score. Goal No. 3 happened after a Leddy turnover behind the Hawks net. And then, almost literally adding insult to injury, Leddy went for a check on Daniel Winnik but hit the linesman instead. The ensuing sequence with Leddy on the ice, momentarily hurt, resulted in the Avalanche’s fourth goal.
Let’s just call that an off-night. But he wasn’t alone. His defensive partner (until Quenneville split them up), Niklas Hjalmarsson, was minus-3 and had his issues as well.
“We didn’t work hard enough today, again,” Hjalmarsson said. “It’s not a good game at all. We just got outworked basically.”
A forgettable night for the duo to say the least.
Jonathan Toews won 75 percent (18 of 24) of his faceoffs.
Dylan Olsen recorded a team-high five hits.
Dave Bolland registered his first fighting major of his career with a short third-period bout with Galiardi.
“We’ve set a standard as a team, the fans know the game well. They’re unhappy.” -- Mayers, on hearing boos.
“The last few games we’ve played some teams ready for us and playing good hockey. We need to play a good team game.” -- Duncan Keith