The Blackhawks opened up a three-game set in Carolina on Monday evening.
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Malcolm Subban got the start in net. Four goals and 29:44 later, Collin Delia made his triumphant return to the net. Carolina out-shot the Hawks 7-4 in the first period. They had put 11 shots on net in 9:44 of the second period before Subban got the hook.
Coach Jeremy Colliton firmly believed the goaltender change was going to make a change in the momentum. It… almost did. Philipp Kurashev appeared to get the Blackhawks on the board but a review took the goal off the board.
It wasn’t until the final 90 seconds of the second period that the Blackhawks got on the board. Colliton actually let Ian Mitchell on the ice and the rookie defenseman scored his third of the season to get the Blackhawks within three.
Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome were credited with the assists.
After 40 minutes of hockey, the Blackhawks were getting out-shot 24-11. They were down 4-1. And any intermission montages about Chicago’s playoff chances felt like they should have redirected that energy on their odds of winning the draft lottery.
Have we mentions the Blackhawks’ next two games are also in Carolina?
Chicago got a power play mid-third and Pat Foley sounded bored. “Will they recover that dump in? Nope.”
With 5:22 left in regulation and the Blackhawks still not up to the 17 shots in the game that Carolina had in the second period alone, Alex DeBrincat cut the lead to two.
Kubalik picked up his second assist on the goal.
Chicago pulled Delia and Sebastian Aho finished his hat trick night into the empty net, beating Patrick Kane to the net. The lead was back to four with 76 seconds left in regulation.
The Blackhawks finished the game with 18 shots on net. Carolina had 17 in the second period.
This regulation loss officially eliminates the Hawks from the 2021 postseason.
Delia made 19 saves in relief of Subban. He looked good, albeit with the game effectively over when he came in.