The second period has been the Chicago Blackhawks kryptonite so far

Andrew Shaw #65, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Shaw #65, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Through the first three games of the season, very few things are going the Chicago Blackhawks way. They have been outscored 15 to 5, outshot 99 to 87, and overall, things have been rather unpleasant for Blackhawks fans. Well, one category, in particular, has been the ‘Hawks second-period play.

Thus far, every Chicago Blackhawks game has one thing in common outside of the final score being in favor of the opponent; each game has featured the second period being when the game has gotten out of control the Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks have given up three goals in the first period, six in the second and six in the third. Going into the second period, things have actually been close for the ‘Hawks in two of their three games. Game two against Tampa Bay and the game against Florida last night saw things being tied up at zero heading into the second period, but in both games, a handful of goals to start the second period has given the game away.

Chicago is not a team that can play from behind this season. If they do not score the first goal of the game, then good luck getting the win. So moving forward hopefully, fans will see a better emphasis on playing a full 60 minutes and not just one period.

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The Blackhawks were able to keep things scoreless for a period against Tampa Bay; it wasn’t till they let in a soft goal to start the second that the game got away from them. I say that as a reason for optimism – Chicago was able to play with Tampa for a period.

Obviously, this is going to be a long season, and the different talking points – the goalie situation, the lack of depth, and the iffy play from Chicago’s younger guys will continue to be part of the conversation as things go along.

Starting the season 0-3-0 is not great, but hopefully, things will turn around soon for this team, and they can find a way to play a full game and maybe even win.