The Chicago Blackhawks shockingly blew a lead once again. While the Hawks did play a great game during their final game of the 2020-21 season, it ended with an overtime loss.
So much for finishing the season 500. The team went into tonight’s game with an opportunity to finish the year 25-25-6 but now they will end things 24-25-7. I mean that is not that different of a result but it still would have been nice if the team could have gotten things done.
The Hawks led the Stars multiple times last night. Two big goals by Alex DeBrincat and Pius Suter gave the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. I mean early as in the first two minutes of the game early. However, things ended similar to how they have in the past with the team giving up a goal here or there.
Alex DeBrincat definitely is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. DeBrincat tallied his 32nd goal of the season last night, and then he got a nice assist on Pius Suter’s goal later on. This is the seventh straight game in which DeBrincat has scored, and there is no better player to get hot right now than DeBrincat.
There is one Blackhawks player that deserves some appreciation even though the team lost.
The Hawks gave up 50 shots on goal last night, in which Collin Delia stopped 45 of them. That might be the worst total of the season. Considering the team now has a few months to sit around and focus on how to improve, I hope the most amount of time is spent fixing the defense.
Something needs to change, the Hawks’ netminders shouldn’t have to face that many shots on goal during a game. Not even Corey Crawford could withstand that many opportunities on any given night.
The Blackhawks blew a 4-2 lead with ten minutes to go in the third period. Obviously, this game meant very little in the grand scheme of things, but finishing on a win would have been nice. However, it was cool to see Dylan Strome score a goal with the team last night, although it did kind of feel like Strome was playing in his last game in Chicago.
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The Hawks have a lot of decisions to make now that the year is done. Lankinen had a good performance a few nights ago, and Delia was great as well. Honestly, the door is wide open for the Hawks starting spot, and the same is true for a lot of other positions. It is going to be a fun off-season discussing this team, thanks for commenting and reading along the way!