Yes, I’ve been away for a little bit. I’m not sure if I have much of a following due to my primarily game recap articles, but I guess this article will be the test of that. I’ve been busy with other jobs that have been pulling me in multiple directions so, if you were holding your breath waiting for my next article, sorry. You’re probably dead. Oops.

This time, I’m going to try for something different. I’m not doing strictly a game recap. I’m not sure what you’d call it, but it’ll feature some stats, some observations, and some opinions related to the game/teams. Let me know what you think. If you don’t like it, tell me what you’d like to read. I’m open to suggestions. Any decent writer, in sports or otherwise, knows it is impossible to reach a point where you can’t learn more.

Momentum

The Hawks sucked in the opening of the first period. They allowed quick back to back goals early on giving the Jets momentum. The Hawks would later score and tie it up, but they weren’t able to keep the momentum going. After tying it and then taking the lead in the second period, Chicago was still a little flat. They had some good goals, but you could see the balloon was about to deflate. While Panik showcased his physical presence on the ice, it wasn’t enough for his team to rally behind him.

The Dreaded Third Period

Like the past few Ls that Chicago has taken, they came primarily in the third period when the Hawks defense completely shut down and their opponent ran them over. The Jets sensed blood in the water and capitalized on their opportunities, scoring three goals in the last period, leading to a 5-3 loss for Chicago and the Hawks’ fourth loss against Winnipeg this season.

The Hawks lose all their momentum going in the third periods of their games. In the past seasons, we saw that this was the time when they were the most dangerous. With their backs against the wall, Chicago would suddenly snap into beast mode and passes were tape to tape, shots were goals or close to it, and the defense would be a wall. So far this season, the Hawks have dropped quite a few games after leading going into the third period, including the loss on Tuesday when they let Tampa Bay score four goals in the final 20. The Hawks need to keep their momentum especially when going to the third period to either lock the game down, or, find a chink in the armor of their opponent and capitalize.