Blackhawks' Goaltender Problem Will Not Go Away, Hawks Lose 5-3

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMarch 3, 2010

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 13: Antti Niemi #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks lets the puck slip past him on a goal by Jim Slater of the Atlanta Thrashers as teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 defends at the United Center on February 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Hawks' biggest problem was exploited to the fullest Tuesday evening as the Hawks played terrible in a 5-3 loss to New York.  It was defiantly a game to forget, and a game that reassured that the Hawks have a goaltender problem.

Antti Niemi started the game but never finished it. He was yanked out of the net less than three minutes into the second period after giving up two goals in 25 seconds.

Huet didn't do any better. Not seeing any action since February 5th, Huet let in a elementary goal. It was a terrible way to start off the last half of the season.

“Today was just OK,” Quenneville said. “We know it can be better. That territory is a little [more] challenging than other areas as far as scrutiny and evaluation so we’ll just move ahead and be better across the board.”

With trade rumors heating up for the Hawks and only hours before they can pull the trigger, right now might be the right time.

It's a promising year for the Chicago team, and it would be a tragedy to have such a talented team not do well in the playoffs because of inconsistent goaltending.

*I want to correct a mistake I had made on my previous Blackhawks article "Huet Trade Rumors Heating Up for Blackahwks." In the article I said the Hawks were playing the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday night. That's wrong. It's was the New York Islanders. My mistake.