The entire Blackhawks season was encapsulated in their 4-4 tie Sunday with the Edmonton Oilers.
For the first two-thirds of the gameand seasonthe Hawks were very good, only to suffer a catastrophic fall. The Hawks led 4-1 with 2 minutes 29 seconds left Sunday, only to allow three Edmonton goals in a span of 1:28.
"That's the way things have gone," defenseman Jon Klemm said. "Nothing is surprising anymore."
It looked as if goaltender Craig Andersson would pick up his first NHL victory until the meltdown.
"He was outstanding," coach Brian Sutter said.
Andersson was also an unexpected starter. For whatever reason, Steve Passmore had been scheduled to start his third straight game Sunday.
But Passmore apparently was injured in warmups and Andersson was given the call.
"It's a heartbreaker," Andersson said. "Wish we could have those three minutes back. We played so well for 57 minutes."
After Andersson was shelled in two of three games last week, Sutter started Passmore on Thursday against Nashville and said he didn't want Andersson to "start questioning himself."
Passmore won against Nashville and got the start the next night in Minnesota. Considering Passmore's days with the Hawks appear to be over once the season ends, it's interesting that Andersson would have sat a third straight game had Passmore not been injured.
"We have three games left," Sutter said. "[Andersson's] going to get an opportunity."
But it won't be with the Hawks. Andersson and defenseman Burke Henry were sent back to Norfolk after the game.
The Hawks took a three-goal lead with power-play goals by Alexander Karpovtsev, Igor Radulovhis fourth in five NHL gamesand Eric Daze.
Radek Dvorak scored the first of his two goals for the Oilers at 17:31 of the third. Todd Marchant cut it to 4-3 at 17:59 and Dvorak tied it at 18:59.
"We had control of the game," Klemm said. "Like the last two months, nothing has changed."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun