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Blackhawks: Instant reaction from 3-2 win against the Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 to 2 to get their second win in a row.

The Chicago Blackhawks have secured points in the past two games for the first time this season. The Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout – Derek King has been a breath of fresh air for the team.

Two straight games with at least a point, something that looked like it would not happen after starting the year 1-9-2. Under Derek King the Blackhawks are now 2-0-0 not bad for a rookie coach taking over a bad situation in Chicago.

The Blackhawks played with a message in mind today. They wanted to make sure they gave Marc-Andre Fleury the best chance to win, and for most of the night, they did just that. The Hawks blocked over 20 shots tonight against the Penguins. That really does show just how many shots and how much time the Penguins spent in the offensive zone, but it still is a good sight to see for a team trying to find any type of victory.

The Blackhawks had a two to zero lead, something they were not used to in the past few weeks. They ended up faltering thanks to Jeff Carter in the third period, so basically the same as always for the Hawks.

Getting at least a point was a victory in my book. The team got outshot 20 to 5 in the third period, definitely not a recipe for success by any means. While giving up a lead was not great, at least the team got to see some goals from guys like Jones and Khaira.

The overtime period was amazing. If you have the time to go back and rewatch any part of the game, go to the overtime and watch some epic back and forth chances that could have ended with either team winning.

Goal Breakdown:

Chicago: 1-0 Jujhar Khaira (1) assisted by Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik

Chicago: 2-0 Seth Jones (1) assisted by Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane

Pittsburgh: 2-1 Jeff Carter (2) assisted by Jake Guentzel and Mark Friedman

Pittsburgh: 2-2 Jeff Carter (3) assisted by Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel

Shootout: Toews and DeBrincat – Blackhawks win 3-2 

Stats:

Goals: 

CHI: 3

PIT: 2

Shots On Goal: 

CHI: 32

PIT: 44

Faceoff Wins: 

CHI: 32

PIT: 29

Faceoff Percentage: 

CHI: 52.5%

PIT: 47.5%

Power Plays: 

CHI: 0/2

PIT: 0/3

Video Highlights:

Khaira’s goal to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in the second period:

Seth Jones’ goal to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead – his first with the Chicago Blackhawks:

The Chicago Blackhawks’ next game is on Friday against the Arizona Coyotes. That will be another home game for the Hawks that fans will definitely be in attendance for on a Friday night. With the three-day break in between games, the Hawks are going to have a little bit of time to get to know their new head coach Derek King more. Hopefully, that leads to some better play down the stretch and another game with a point for the team!

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