Throughout the first ten games of the season, when the Blackhawks lost they really lost. They were losing having never had a lead in a game, or even scoring a goal. Last night on the other hand the team found a new way to lose.
The Blackhawks led the Carolina Hurricanes three to one in the third period thanks to goals from Alex DeBrincat (2) and Patrick Kane. All could not have looked better as the team had the undefeated Hurricanes scrambling for all of four minutes before Seth Jarvis pulled the Hurricanes within one.
Luckily the team went to the locker room with a lead, and that would usually be a good thing until starting the third period and momentum changed quickly. By quickly I mean 17 seconds into the third when Jesper Fast died things up at three.
All the team had to do after that was catch their breath. They had played a relatively good game up to that point now it was a tied game again, an entirely new hockey game. Well, that feeling lasted for three minutes until Martin Necas scored to give the Hurricanes a four to three lead, something they would not give up for the rest of the night.
Three power plays in the third period, yet nothing to show for it. A two-goal lead against one of the best teams in the league, yet the same result the team and fans are used to. After the game, Jeremy Colliton spoke of lessons:
The Blackhawks are now 1-8-2, no one was expecting them to win that first game against the Senators and really do a full 180 to start winning more and more games, but a game like last night really hurt the team.
There were a lot of players that had a bad night last night. Jake McCabe was not at his best, there were some goals Fleury definitely would like back, and while Erik Gustafsson had a relatively good night, this highlight still exists:
The Blackhawks’ next game is on Friday night against *checks notes* the Winnipeg Jets a team the Hawks are 2-7-0 against going back to the 2019-20 season.