The Hawks laid a dud before the Olympic break and things didn't look much better as they came back from the break.Before we get into the breakdown of the game, Chicago is 0-2 since acquiring Peter Regin.
What was the lone goal of the game for a while was scored about half way through the first by Derick Brassard. The former Blue Jackets got his own rebound in front of Corey Crawford and got it past him. In Crawford's defense he probably never saw the puck as Nick Leddy was pushed in front of him and did one hell of a job screening him.
After that it was a pretty boring hockey game. The Hawks looked disinterested on offense and defense. The offense seemed to be a lot of one and done and the d-men didn't want to seem to want to get involved. On numerous occasions the defensemen didn't go hard for the puck until a Ranger came for it.
Coach Joel Quenneville did a little rearranging of the lines before the game and then did some switching again during the second intermission. Regin played the first two periods between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg. By the third period Regin & Versteeg were moved down to the third line with Bryan Bickell. Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad moved up from the third line to the second to skate with Kane.
However nothing seemed to work. They went 0-3 on the power play and only registered a hand full of shots total on those.When Duncan Keith is the shot leader, it usually means the forwards are not playing their games. No forward took more than 2 shots which is how many shots Brandon Bollig took.
Another former Blue Jacket, Rick Nash, added the second goal of the game with just under 5 minutes to play. After that Coach Q pulled Crawford with 2:15 to play and the Hawks kept 6 attackers on the ice for the rest of the game. It actually looked like they were going to be shutout for a second straight game till Regin snuck one past Talbot with 11 seconds in the game. It was his first with the Hawks and third of the season.
This was actually the third time Regin has faced the Rangers in his last four games. His last two games with the Islanders were against the Rangers.
The Blackhawks were able to get one last chance and did nearly tie the game but it ended up being too little to late. They next take the ice on Saturday against the Penguins at Soldier Field before then finally returning to their home ice at the UC on Tuesday.They last played at the UC on January 26.