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Blackhawks: Three takeaways from Chicago’s game against the Lightning

By Justin Klawans
Mattias Janmark, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mattias Janmark, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dylan Strome, Chicago Blackhawks Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dylan Strome, Chicago Blackhawks Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Tonight’s game unexpectedly marked the much-needed return of a key Blackhawks forward.

Dylan Strome made his return to the Chicago lineup tonight, his first game since sustaining a concussion on Feb. 19. The team was definitely the benefactor of Strome’s offensive contributions. Prior to his concussion, he had scored four goals and four assists through 19 games.

Strome made his return count almost immediately, scoring a first-period powerplay goal to tie the contest and reinvigorate the team. After this goal, he continued to make his presence felt throughout the game.

The big bodied forward had his fair share of offensive chances, with three shots on net in the first period alone. He ended the contest with just over 17 minutes of ice time and four shots. Obviously, with the number of games he missed during his time on LTIR, he doesn’t have the offensive goal totals that other guys on the team have.

Despite the loss, Strome overall played a decent game and clearly contributed to the positives on the ice tonight. His return to the lineup was definitely a notable point, and Head Coach Jeremy Colliton is surely glad to have #17 back on the lineup sheet.

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