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Chicago Blackhawks: Four Things We Learned From The 2-1 OT Loss

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t supposed to struggle so much in Calgary on Friday night, but they were missing two of their young stars in Teuvo Teravainen (Minor Injury) and Marko Dano (Illness) and in the end they lost 2-1 in overtime. Here is four things we learned from last nights contest.

4. Artemi Panarin Needs To Shoot More– I know, it’s really hard to make a complaint about Panarin’s game this early into the season.  He’s fun to watch and it was only until last night’s game that his 6 game point streak was snapped.  The only problem I have is that he’s looking to much for Patrick Kane and not being selfish enough which is understandable.  The shooting lanes were there for Panarin during the second period powerplay, but he refused to take a shot which basically crippled the powerplay after they had scored early in the first period on the man advantage on a rebound.  Panarin is still learning and firing off a shot with the whole side of the ice wide open will be a good start.

3. Bottom Six are not creating–  The fourth line is never really a scoring line, but in the Toews/Kane era there has always been enough talent on the team for a very good scoring 3rd line.  Well, that isn’t the case this season, and when the 2nd line doesn’t blister the scoresheet, you get night’s like last night when only one puck finds the back of the net.  The Q line blender has not stopped this season minus the 2nd line, but they have to find some sort of scoring from the bottom six.

2. How Much Longer?– After watching the bottom six struggle, one has to wonder how much longer until Bryan Bickell is back on the team.  Bickell has been tearing up Rockford which is good to hear, but he hasn’t done that with the Hawks since the 2014 Playoffs.  Joel Quenneville has to be losing his mind trying to find offense so how much longer until #29 is back in town?

1. Scott Darling Earned the Point Let’s be honest the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t deserve a point last night except for the play of Lemont Native Scott Darling.  After a bit of shaky start, he settled down for a rock solid performance. It seems like its the norm for back up goalies in Calgary to play great (see Ray Emery 2013), and thanks to his play the Hawks wake up 4th in the Central Division standings.

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What was your biggest thought from last night?