The Hawks came into this game on the second of back to back games and it looked like as the game wore on the fatigue factor caught up with the team.
The Hawks actually opened up the scoring with a two on one play with Jonathan Toews shooting the puck and a rebound going conveniently right to Brandon Saad who just tapped it past Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.
Saad had the only other Hawks goal in the second period with a similar play to his earlier goal with another two on one with this time with Marian Hossa. Unfortunately the Oilers were able to muster goals from Pouliot, Roy, Yakupov and an empty netter by Taylor Hall.
The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.
There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.
Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.
Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.
Last night, the Blackhawks got in the NHL records books for a reason they shouldn't be particularly proud about: while their 54 SOG were outstanding, Colorado's Semyon Varlamov stood on his head and kept them all out of his net. The shutout gave him the distinction of the "NHL record for most saves in a regular-season shutout on the road", according to Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats).
Chicago got behind the eight-ball early, giving up two goals to the Avalanche less than 90 seconds into the game. The first was by Nathan MacKinnon at 0:53 into the game, and then Max Talbot scored again just 24 seconds later with the same Blackhawks players on the ice.
The Hawks came into this game looking to rebound from their Winter Classic loss in Washington and rebound in a big way they did against a hot Dallas Stars team. The Stars came into the game on a hot streak of winning eight of their last nine games and looking to surge towards a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The game also saw Teuvo Teravainen make his 2014/2015 debut rounding out the Hawks roster with Kris Versteeg out due to injury. Teravainen started on a line with Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom, however he played on multiple lines and a power play too. Play your game and have patience, this is the NHL and it takes time.
The Blackhawks (25-11-2, 52 pts, 1st/Central) welcome the Dallas Stars (17-14-5, 39 pts, 6th/Central) to the United Center on Sunday night at 7pm; the game will be broadcast on NBCSN nationally, and WGN in Chicago.
Chicago will be coming off its disappointing loss in the Winter Classic vs the Capitals; the Stars have a Saturday night game versus the Wild at home. Prior to Saturday's game, the Stars are on a 3-game win streak.
Finnish phenom Teuvo Teräväinen was called up from the Rockford IceHogs after a hand injury took Kris Versteeg out of the lineup in the Winter Classic. Teräväinen has 6 goals and 17 assists in 33 games for the IceHogs this season. <...
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