GLENDALE, Arizona – The New Year didn’t bring the Blackhawks any new luck in the first four games and hit rock bottom in Arizona on Thursday night.
Against the modest Coyotes, who have only had six wins this season, the Visitors had a very uneven performance in which they fell two goals behind, rallied, then rallied three and attempted to rally again.
Unfortunately, that didn’t work, as Arizona’s late lead ended in a 6-4 win that extends the Blackhawks’ winless streak to six games. In that streak, the team have only been able to force overtime once, earning a point in an overtime loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday.
This prompted an impromptu players-only meeting in their locker room at the Gila River Arena. Interim head coach Derek King said he was unable to enter after the game.
“It’s good, they need it,” said King of the players having their own meeting. “It can’t be myself or the rest of the staff walking in there and telling them what they’re doing wrong or what to do. They need to understand that, and I like that they had an in camera meeting. “
Captain Jonathan Toews did not go into details of the meeting, told reporters the team’s top-to-bottom play during a match must end. Due to their inconsistency, the team are staying away from the Stanley Cup playoff race and will likely have interim general manager Kyle Davidson looking to trade some key contributors over the next month for a younger outlook.
For Toews, it’s all about the team that sets her mindset as they contemplate a game against the Golden Knights in Vegas on Friday.
“The bottom line is that there are clearly times when we play really good hockey in the last few games and then we decided to take a few shifts, give up our momentum and take some stiff penalties that we let’s not kill, and one thing leads to another and we have to work really hard to get that momentum back, ”Toews said. “We have to find ways to engage with each other and not lose our energy and focus. We don’t want this slippage snowballing into something bigger than it is.
“So I think mentally trying to dump a few of these down the tube and move on to the next game and know that if we can keep playing as a team a little more consistent with our efforts, things are going to start to click. . “
The sooner the better for the Blackhawks before a season goes by.
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