Blackhawks can’t overcome slow start in season-opening loss to Avalanche


Blackhawks can’t overcome slow start in season opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

DENVER — Going into Wednesday’s season opener, the Blackhawks knew the Colorado Avalanche were going to come out flying. They’re the preseason Stanley Cup favorites with as potent of an offense as there is in the NHL.

And they looked like it on Opening Night despite missing superstar Nathan MacKinnon, who did not play because of a positive COVID-19 test.

Through the first 10 minutes of the game, the Blackhawks were being outshot 15-2 and outscored 3-0. Their only two shots on goal came from 58-feet and 96-feet out.

Chicago barely touched the puck and had no answer for Colorado’s attack.

“We knew they were going to come out hard,” Kirby Dach said following a 4-2 loss at Ball Arena. “They all have speed and talent up front and their D, pretty good. We were behind the eight ball quick and it’s hard to beat a team when you’re trailing like that, so we’ve got to find a way to be ready. It’s not an excuse, we’ve just got to be ready for puck drop.”

After the third goal, head coach Jeremy Colliton did something he doesn’t like to do early in games. He called a timeout, essentially to remind his team that the game started.

“I just said we hadn’t started playing yet, in my opinion,” Colliton said. “It’s hard to measure yourself and see how you stack up when you haven’t started playing. We had to start playing. … When they scored the first one, the game got out of control for most of that first period. And then we’re in a big hole, and it’s hard to come back against good teams, which they are.”

Slow starts were an issue for the Blackhawks in the preseason at times, but you figured you could chalk that up to the fact the game didn’t count in the standings. Wednesday’s game did, and the Blackhawks are looking for solutions before it becomes a concerning early-season trend.

“I don’t know, I think if we had the answer we wouldn’t be starting slow,” said Dach, who…

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