Blackhawks Fall to Flames in Road Trip Finale – NBC Chicago
10 sightings: Hawks go down in flames in road trip finale, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks concluded their four-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Here are 10 observations of the loss:
1. The Blackhawks pushed through in the third period, but the Flames were the best hockey team from start to finish. Calgary generated 64 shot attempts, 39 shots on goal and 35 scoring chances compared to Chicago’s 40 shot attempts, 21 shots on goal and 19 scoring chances, according to Natural Stat Trick.
2. The Flames scored the first goal for an eighth straight game and improved to 12-1-3 this season by scoring the first. The Blackhawks fell to 0-9-1 allowing the first goal.
3. Marc-AndrÃ© Fleury was a busy man for a third straight start. He allowed two goals on his first six shots – which he certainly would have liked to have recovered the first – then pushed back 28 in a row before giving up the third, which came off Seth Jones’ skate and entered. He stopped 34 of 37 shots, in total, for a save percentage of .919. The Flames’ last two goals were empty nets.
4. Brandon Hagel picked up where he left off in Vancouver scoring the Blackhawks’ first goal in the first quarter with a bad shot, but it was Ryan Carpenter who made the game possible. He quickly lifted Tyler Pitlick’s stick before pushing it towards Hagel, who pulled him behind Jacob Markstrom’s glove.
5. In the presence of his family and friends, Reese Johnson had an unforgettable evening upon his return to the lineup. He scored his first career NHL point with an assist on Hagel’s tally and scored his first career NHL goal for his first career NHL multi-point game.
6. Prior to Tuesday, Calgary’s top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk had played 216: 30 minutes together 5-5 this season. They had 13 goals for and 0 against during this streak. Johnson’s goal was the first goal against this line. Unreal.
7. When Hagel, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews were on the ice together 5-5 against Vancouver, the Blackhawks led in shooting attempts (14-4), shots on goal (7-3) and scoring opportunities ( 4-1). . This trio was by far the best in Chicago. Against Calgary, however, the Blackhawks trailed in shooting attempts (17-5), shots on goal (11-4) and scoring opportunities (9-4) when they were together on the field. ice.
8. On the other hand, Chicago’s top line of Kirby Dach, Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane did everything but score in the first two periods. When the three of them were on the ice together, the Blackhawks led in shooting attempts (13-5), shots on goal (7-3) and scoring opportunities (5-4). In the third period, they were beaten (6-2) and drawn (3-1).
9. Dach officially recorded his first career NHL fight. It happened 61 seconds into the game against Blake Coleman, who dealt DeBrincat a big blow along the boards. He did well.
ten. Philipp Kurashev, who recorded just 6:25 ice time on Sunday, was a good scratch. Interim head coach Derek King has said his game has gone down a bit and that could serve as a wake-up call. Riley Stillman (left knee) did not play after being injured in the first period against Vancouver. Caleb Jones stepped back.
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