The Chicago Blackhawks took a three-goal lead with ten minutes remaining in the third period Wednesday night and lost 6-4 to the Dallas Stars.
Jason Robertson scored the only goal of the first period, using his own rebound to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
The first period did not end without punches after the Stars’ Jani Hakanpaa tackled a clean Jarred Tinordi strike against Ty Dellandrea.
The Blackhawks tied the game 1-1 less than five minutes into the second period. After the Blackhawks won the faceoff, Patrick Kane brought the puck to Seth Jones, who flicked the puck into the net.
Andreas Athanasiou then made it 2-1 for the Blackhawks mid-frame with a mini breakaway – dancing around Miro Heiskanen in the process.
After a long struggle in front, Connor Murphy scored a goal to make it 3-1 later in the second period.
Max Domi extended the lead to 4-1 Blackhawks at 9:37 of the third period by using Colin Blackwell’s rebound while falling.
Unfortunately, things started to unravel for the Blackhawks when the Stars scored three goals in about four minutes to level the game.
First, Jamie Benn scored the Stars within two seconds on the power play, less than a minute after Domi’s goal. The Blackhawks lost a fight down the right boards before Roope Hintz passed a wide-open Benn across the ice, hitting from high position.
Second, Mason Marchment defeated Petr Mrazek with a shot from the short side to cut the deficit to 4-3 just before the 14-minute mark of the third, in another instance where the Blackhawks lost a puck fight:
Third, Dellandrea Hakanpaa’s shot tipped the ball 4-4 14 seconds later. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but that goal was the result of the Blackhawks failing to win a puck fight.
Radek Faksa delivered a dagger at 1:33 in the game to put it at 5-4 stars. Mrazek couldn’t contain the rebound from Colin Miller’s long-range shot, and Faksa tucked the puck behind him.
Robertson added an empty goal eight seconds from time and the Blackhawks were defeated 6-4 by the Stars.
- Well, it was fun at least for a while. Despite a lack of puck possession, the Blackhawks managed to keep the Stars down to just four shots on goal in the first game, and in the second the Blackhawks had a power lead. Unfortunately, they were then wildly outplayed in the third game, where they had just 21.43 percent of shot attempts and 28.35 percent of goals expected. The Blackhawks’ defeat isn’t unexpected, but it’s frustrating to see them roll over when they have a multi-goal lead like tonight.
- Seriously, the Blackhawks had 17 chances to score in the second half but only six in the next half while the Stars scored 20. It seemed inevitable that the Stars would make a comeback, but allowing five unanswered goals in a span of around 10 minutes is insane.
- It was surprising that Richardson didn’t call a time-out after the draw, especially considering how quickly the previous two goals had been scored. The Blackhawks coach addressed this postgame, although I’m not sure the reasoning really made sense:
Richardson said he hadn’t considered taking time off during the stars’ comeback.
“It’s a noisy building. We tried to be confident on the bench and be positive towards the lads until the fifth goal.”
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) November 24, 2022
- The Blackhawks had a lot of puck fighting problems in the third game, as you can see from the recap above. Many of the goals came from the Chicago players who lost on the boards or were overwhelmed after a tough pre-check from Dallas. That’s not usually a problem for these Blackhawks, who are more grinder-like than in years past, but it wasn’t pretty to look at in the third.
- Domi was by far one of the best Blackhawks players tonight but his penalty in the third period changed the game greatly as the resulting power play goal began against the Stars’ comeback. Domi gives and Domi takes.
- Sam Lafferty missed the third period, but it is unknown when it occurred. Richardson made it sound like nothing major, but Lafferty will be investigated further tomorrow.
Sam Lafferty missed the third third through injury. Richardson said he was “just a little sore” and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) November 24, 2022
- Seth Jones looked good in his first game back from injury. He made some mistakes defensively – anything He confirmed Aftermath – but it was obvious how much better the Blackhawks are offensively with him in the lineup.
- Also, his brother Caleb had one of his better offensive plays of the season in terms of driving play. He was still a suspect on defense but I’ll acknowledge any improvement over the past few games where he’s struggled at both ends of the ice. However, playing him (or any of the younger defenders) just 15:58 still feels like a waste.
- The Blackhawks don’t have a lot of offensive power this season, but 11 different players have scored a point tonight. Not bad.
- Congratulations to Jonathan Toews who scored his 500th career assist for Murphy’s goal. As mentioned in the preview, he is only the eighth Blackhawk to reach this milestone.
- Jason Robertson (DAL) – 2 goals
- Jamie Benn (DAL) – 1 goal, 1 assist
- Max Domi (CHI) – 1 goal, 1 assist
The Blackhawks are back at the United Center on Friday to host the Montreal Canadiens for a 1 p.m. puck drop.
From all of us at SCH to everyone reading this: Happy Thanksgiving!