Chicago Blackhawks 5 Thoughts After 2-1 Overtime Loss To Edmonton

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Goalie Anton Forsberg
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Goalie Anton Forsberg /

The Chicago Blackhawks faced off against the reigning Hart Trophy Winner Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, and in the end it took more than 60 minutes to decide the contest. The Blackhawks lost 2-1 in overtime falling to 4-2-2 record after 8 games this season.  Here are 5 quick thoughts about the contest.

5. It was great seeing Eddie Olczyk at the United Center

Last night in St. Louis, Ed Olczyk was on the National NBCSN broadcast team with Doc Emrick, and tonight he was in the booth with Chicago broadcast legend Pat Foley.  Eddie is very appreciative of all the support from fans and the NHL family, and seeing him in the booth calling games is a great story at the beginning of the season. Let’s hope the treatments continue to work against the cancer!

4. Connor McDavid‘s Goal Made everyone look slow

This isn’t breaking news….. McDavid is super fast, and the game tying goal was all #97.  McDavid made the play making both Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith look slow and out of place when McDavid eventually spun and backhanded a pass to Patrick Maroon for a tap in goal. The Hawks defense had no idea where the puck was until it was behind Anton Forsberg.

3. Speaking of Anton Forsberg

Forsberg has had two games in between the pipes for the Chicago Blackhawks, and for the second game in a row Forsberg skates off the ice with a 40 plus save effort and an overtime loss. Forsberg had no chance on the Maroon goal, and he was pretty solid all night long not letting in anything easy.  Forsberg is playing just like all the other back up goalies for Corey Crawford have played in the past seasons with it not being an easy win for the opponents.

2. So Many Shots Blocked

The Chicago Blackhawks had 22 shots blocked tonight which really made for a frustrating game to watch and more likely on the ice.  In the third period it looked like the Hawks started overpassing on chances.   The Hawks also hit the goal post a few times, but they just never got enough separation throughout the night to get pucks on Cam Talbot.

1. The 5 On 3 Rule

The Chicago Blackhawks had an extended 5 on 3 powerplay which they did get some good looks, but didn’t cash in.  The unwritten rule is that if you have an extended 5 on 3 and don’t score your team usually loses which was the case tonight.  The Hawks powerplay actually looked much better tonight, but they never scored and in the end the Hawks skated away with an overtime loss.

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What are your thoughts after the Hawks overtime loss tonight?