The Chicago Blackhawks’ mounting frustration began to show Saturday night— and it may have cost them the game.
The Blackhawks will look to keep their emotions in check and stop a four-game losing streak as they host the Nashville Predators at the United Center.
The Blackhawks lost 7-2 to the streaking Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, giving up four power-play goals to a team that entered the game 1-for-25 on the man advantage.
Chicago, which has not won since a season-opening 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild, was shorthanded an astounding 15 times, a total of 27 minutes, 5 seconds. The Thrashers had three two-man advantages, and scored one of their goals with a three-man edge.
The Blackhawks were charged with 15 penalties in the third period alone, including a number of cheap shots on the Thrashers, who were charged with 12 infractions in the period. By the end of the game, Chicago had amassed 73 penalty minutes—10 more than they had in their first four games combined.
Chicago had five players in the penalty box at one point.
“If some of the guys would have shown the emotion they showed late in the game in the first period, we wouldn’t have been in that situation,” coach Brian Sutter said.
The Predators are coming off Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets—their second straight victory and third in four games this season.
Greg Johnson scored his first goal of the season and assisted on another for Nashville, which scored all of its goals in the second period.
Andrew Hutchinson, who was recalled from the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL Saturday, made his NHL debut for the Predators, who play their first road game Sunday.
Jordin Tootoo, the first player of Inuit descent to play in the NHL, picked up his second assist in as many games.