The Blackhawks were plagued by another terrible start to tonight’s game.
Stars forward Joel Kiviranta scored just 1:40 into the game, and Chicago was never able to gain any significant momentum after that first tally.
Even with one powerplay chance late into the first period, the ‘Hawks, who have the second-best man-advantage unit in the league behind Toronto, were unable to capitalize. If they would’ve been able to tie the game at any point throughout the first period, perhaps the game could’ve ended differently.
Chicago was heavily outshot in the first half of the game. They were outshot 13-6 in the first period, and that never changed throughout the remainder of the contest. Simply put, the Dallas Stars knew they had to come out firing against a hot ‘Hawks team, and that is exactly what they did.
Hopefully, the Blackhawks will be able to take tomorrow and go over some game notes to figure out how to generate some early momentum. I’m not saying they need to score right out of the gate, but keeping the puck out of their net for more than two minutes would probably go a long way towards a victory.