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Hawks coach: Playing from behind must change

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  • Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford react following a goal by Montreal's Andrei Markov during an overtime loss last week. The Hawks are 4-11 in overtimes and shootouts this season.

      Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford react following a goal by Montreal's Andrei Markov during an overtime loss last week. The Hawks are 4-11 in overtimes and shootouts this season.
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There's a disturbing trend going on for the Blackhawks, at least disturbing to coach Joel Quenneville.

The Hawks have trailed in their last five games, losing four of them.

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"I didn't mind the way we played our last couple of games," Quenneville said. "I think we felt against Colorado, it was a tough loss, but at the same time we did things the right way. So hopefully we're trending the right way.

"There's been a certain trend in place here of not scoring first. I still think the last few games we've done some good things, but certainly playing catch up, I don't think any team plays well from behind."

Defensively, Quenneville says the Hawks can be better.

"We got a little loose in our game and I think that's probably a product of playing from behind," he said. "Maybe we're going on the offensive side of things more when you're trying to press and get yourself back in the game or try to tie it up. I think we're giving up a little more and gotten looser in all three zones."

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson says the Hawks can't just try to outscore teams.

"We know that we're going to score 2-3 goals every game, but we can't keep letting in 2-3 goals every game, especially if we make it to the playoffs," Hjalmarsson said. "Teams are going to play better defensively so we've got to start to play better defensively."

Oh, shoot:

The Hawks are 4-11 in overtime and shootouts this season, which is leaving a lot of points on the table.

"We should grab more points out of those games," goalie Corey Crawford said. "We're definitely not satisfied with that -- no one in this room is -- so we're going to work hard to get that extra point."

Patrick Kane is an uncharacteristic 0-for-9 in shootouts.

The third line:

Joel Quenneville believes there's more to get from third liners Michal Handzus, Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell.

"That last game, I didn't mind the way (Versteeg) was playing," Quenneville said. "That line, I lost a little bit of faith in them as the game went on and didn't use them much at the end or at all.

"I still think in (Versteeg's) own game he can bring some things that we like. I think defensively there are some things in his game we'd like to add to. But that whole line, we'd like to be using it more."

Tip-ins:

Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook missed practice on Thursday, but both will play on Friday against Anaheim. It was a maintenance day for Hossa while Seabrook was sick. ... Joel Quenneville said the line of Andrew Shaw, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad could be a permanent solution to the years-old second-line dilemma.

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