The last time the Chicago Blackhawks were on Beantown ice, they were skating away with the Stanley Cup after an incredible 17-second rally. This time, the stakes were a little lower, but the Boston Bruins got the upper hand against a sluggish Hawks team. The Hawks were shut out for the second time in three games by a score of 3-0, falling victim to their frustrating inconsistency.
The Hawks got multiple shots on Tuukka Rask, but could not get past him at all. Despite showing flashes of excellence, especially early on, the offense could not get things together. Brandon Saad had multiple opportunities, but could not convert. Teuvo Teravainen had his first North American hit, but had a bad night.
Because the Phoenix Coyotes won, the Hawks didn’t even get a consolation prize of a playoff berth.
Simply put, this does not inspire any confidence in Blackhawks fans. The Bruins have been running away with the Eastern Conference, especially at home. Had the Hawks come in with some kind of fire, the situation might have been different. Instead, they could not capitalize on early chances. The only pattern with this team is that they win a couple of big games, then lose ones that are just as vital against elite squads.
If the Hawks and Bruins do face each other in a Stanley Cup rematch, the Blackhawks have have a right to be frightened. One can only hope that Patrick Kane will be back and better than ever by then.
The Bruins did not get revenge, but they still showed how dangerous a team they are. The Hawks, on the other hand, did not. Time is running out on this season, and that’s precious time for the struggling Blackhawks. They could still pull a 2012 Los Angeles Kings moment, but they still need to have momentum going into the postseason. This loss did not help one bit. Unless they can stop being inconsistent, there won’t be a repeat come June.