Blackhawks play lazy in the first and it comes back to haunt later

Sunrise, Fla. — The Hawks were hoping to make it ten straight wins Tuesday night and the Panthers were hoping to break their losing streak of five.  It seemed that Florida wanted it more than Chicago did.

The Panthers drew a lot of blood and very quickly scoring three times in first period.  David Booth, Clay Wilson, and Marty Reasoner all got the puck past Hawks rookie keeper Corey Crawford.  “It just seemed like everything they were shooting was going in,” Crawford said. “It was just one of those games where it wasn’t going my way.”  Marty Turco would come in and replace Crawford after the first intermission.

Like Hawks’ coach Q said, “the second and third were better,” Chicago did cut the lead in the second getting two goals in.  The first coming from a wrist shot made by Patrick Kane with help from Brian Campbell and Ryan Johnson.  Chicago’s second score came from a one-timers off of Marian Hossa’s stick who was assisted by Dave Bolland’s pass.

The third was a better period than the first,  but the Hawks couldn’t get anymore past Florida’s net minder Tomas Vokoun ending the final tally at Florida 3 Chicago 2.

Vokoun had 37 saves in the game.  “They’re a great team,” Vokoun said. “You look at what they’ve done for a little while. They’re kicking into a whole other playoff gear lately. We battled hard and obviously it wasn’t pretty, but it’s a big win. It’s good for the psyche in the locker room, get guys a little bit up and excited. We need it.”

Chicago’s coach Quenneville said that “they had lazy habits” in the first which led to the Hawks giving up three quick goals, hopefully they kick it back into playoff mode and keep improving their record until the playoffs begin.  “If you’re looking for an easy game, you’re not going to find it in this league.”-Coach Q

The Hawks will try and improve their record staying in Florida going up against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday at 6;30 on Comcast.  Chicago is currently sitting 4th in the Western Conference with 15 games left to play before the playoff begin.