The Blackhawks lost their third straight game on Thursday night. They faced a team that hadn’t been playing especially well lately and got skated out of the rink in the opening 20 minutes.
Everyone in Arizona was stressing to the media that the Coyotes needed a fast start. If the Blackhawks – and their coaches – paid attention, they would have known the home team was going to come out fast and hard.
The Blackhawks were out-shot 17-10 in the first period.
Michael Grabner and Clayton Keller gave Arizona a two-goal lead five minutes into the game and the end result was all but secured for the Coyotes. Brad Richardson added his first of the year 15 minutes into the game and Chicago was chasing three on the road.
Jonathan Toews cut the lead to two six minutes into the second period but Nick Schmaltz extended it back to three less than three minutes later.
The Blackhawks were getting out-shot 27-21 after 40 minutes.
Surely the Hawks would fight back in the third, right?
Arizona out-shot the Hawks 13-9 in the third. The final score was 5-2 thanks to a Dylan Strome power play goal in the third period.
After the game coach Jeremy Colliton said he didn’t think the Blackhawks’ energy was a problem. If it wasn’t, the 40-30 shot advantage the Coyotes had at home and the blowout final score indicate either the Hawks’s system is broken or the players simply aren’t good enough. Maybe both?
Dennis Gilbert had another strong game and picked up his first career NHL point with an assist. He was also credited with four hits in 14:25.
Toews had a good game up front, winning 10 of 15 faceoffs and scoring his seventh of the year in a forward-leading 21:02.
The line of Strome, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat had a rough night. Kane was credited with one shot on net and was minus-three in 20:23. Strome won four of 17 faceoffs with his late power play goal and was minus-three as well. DeBrincat skated 18:30 with one assist and two shots on net. He was minus-four.
Matthew Highmore skated 8:19. David Kampf skated 9:20 and won four of five faceoffs.
Olli Maatta returned from the flu and skated 22:24 with three shots on net, two blocked shots and three hits.
Before the game the Blackhawks placed Calvin de Haan on IR. Duncan Keith is still out because of his groin injury and Andrew Shaw is still in concussion protocol.
Kudos to Mike Gapski for working his 2,500th game – all as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
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