The script hasn’t changed in almost a month.
The Blackhawks gave up the first goal for the 11th straight game.
They then gave up the second goal of the game.
This time, just to mix things up a bit, the Hawks then gave up the third goal of the night.
When Kyle Connor scored at 13:38 into the first period the score was 3-0 Jets, and the Blackhawks hadn’t put a shot on net yet.
When Chicago finally put the puck on net almost 18 minutes into the game, the fans in Winnipeg appropriately cheered the visitors. The futility of the once-great Chicago Blackhawks has become a laughing stock.
At the end of 20 minutes of play, the Jets had a 15-5 shot advantage.
The blaze in the dumpster was glaring white hot.
But, once again, the Hawks didn’t quit. And refused to quietly let the next 40 minutes go away easily.
Connor scored his second of the game to extend the lead to four at 1:44 into the second but then the Blackhawks decided to actually start playing.
Dylan Strome got Chicago on the board 20 seconds after the Connor goal.
Five minutes later, Dominik Kahun cut the lead to two.
Those two goals and some absolutely incredible work by Cam Ward made the game interesting when the second period came to a close.
Chicago out-shot Winnipeg 17-10 in the second period and had a little momentum heading into the third.
When Alex DeBrincat scored six minutes into the third period there was a reason to actually pay attention.
The Hawks stayed within one for 5:28 until Perreault scored Winnipeg’s third power play goal of the night.
Chicago’s rally ran out of gas.
With Ward on the bench, Dustin Byfuglien buried DeBrincat into the boards the final minute of the game but saw zero response from anyone in a white sweater. Brandon Tanev scored into the empty net to close the books on the night, making the final score 6-3.
Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith led the Hawks with four shots on goal each. Kane had two assists. David Kampf won only two of 12 faceoffs.
Strome now has four goals since joining the Blackhawks.
Chris Kunitz played because why not. He skated 7:22 with one shot on net and one hit.
Erik Gustafsson was a late scratch (sick) and Artem Anisimov didn’t travel with the team to Winnipeg because he’s still in concussion protocol after Shea Weber lit him up in Chicago’s last game.