Blackhawks' magic runs out

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 
Published11/27/2009 8:37 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. - There was no magic from Marian Hossa on Friday in his second game with the Blackhawks.

Coming off his 2-goal debut at San Jose two days earlier, Hossa was blanked with the rest of his teammates in a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

 

Hossa played 19 minutes and had 3 shots on goal.

"He was all right," coach Joel Quenneville said. "That line was more effective last game, like our whole team was."

The loss snapped the Hawks' eight-game winning streak and came against a Ducks team that started the day next to last in the Western Conference.

"They were playing well the last little while," Quenneville said. "It shows how competitive the West is. Game to game, you got to be on top of it. Teams are ready. They know where we're at."

The Ducks certainly were looking to measure themselves against the Hawks.

"You could tell the guys were really focused today," Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "We knew we had to play a good game to have success against them."

Penalty-killing blip: The Hawks, who entered Friday's game ranked second in the NHL on penalty-killing, hadn't allowed 3 power-play goals all season until the loss to the Ducks.

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"We knew they had a good power play, but you're going to have nights like that," captain Jonathan Toews said.

"They crashed the net pretty good on entries and scored a couple that way," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "We need to be better clearing pucks. Our power play has to match what they're going on the power play as well."

The Hawks were 0-for-4 on the power and are 1-for-9 in the last four games since scoring 4 at Calgary.

Line it up: It looks as if Joel Quenneville finally has found four line combinations he liked.

Things started to fall into place when the third line of John Madden, Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer began to click. Marian Hossa appears to be a natural fit with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane while Kris Versteeg, Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien have the potential to be one of the more dangerous second lines in the league.

The fourth line of Colin Fraser, Ben Eager and Tomas Kopecky has been better since Eager's return from a concussion.

"There's energy coming from all the lines," Quenneville said. "The consistency, and when it's all rolling, we feel it makes us a good team."

Looking good: The Hawks will unveil their new third jerseys Tuesday against Columbus at the United Center. The uniform will be similar to the one the Hawks wore in the Winter Classic with parts taken from the team's 1935-36 jersey.

Hold on a minute: Friday's loss denied Joel Quenneville his 500th career victory.

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