The Chicago Blackhawks pounced on the Montreal Canadiens early but were unable to hold onto a 2-0 lead. The Canadians scored four unanswered goals plus an empty netter to leave the United Center with a 5-2 victory.
The Hawks got some reinforcements on the blue line as Kevin Korchinski and Jared Tirnodi returned to the lineup after spending time on IR. Korchinski was on the non-injured related list as he was away from the team after the passing of his father.
Their return was unable to help the Hawks win consecutive games for the second time this season.
The Blackhawks could not maintain the lead after some self-inflicted wounds on defense which is part of the three takeaways from this defeat to a fellow Original Six franchise.
The Chicago Blackhawks losing faceoffs created easy shots for the Canadiens.
Head coach Luke Richardson felt the execution after the face-off was a big reason the Canadiens got at least two easy goals.
It will take time for players like Connor Bedard to develop that part of their game. Sidney Crosby was awful on the face-off his rookie year, and look at him now.
The top line produced another goal.
Bedard was paired up with Lukas Reichel and Ryan Donato for the second consecutive game. Much like on Tuesday, Donato netted a goal set up by Bedard.
Reichel was also active through much of the game and that is a nice sign to see after he broke out of his slump against Colorado on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see how long Donato stays on the top line as he was needed there on Tuesday due to Philip Kurashev being a last-minute scratch because of an illness. He returned to the lineup on Friday and skated on the second line.
Jason Dickinson and Colin Blackwell combined to produce an amazing goal.
Blackwell's return to the lineup after being out since last February has been sorely needed. His energy is required for a team that gets blown out when its effort is less than 100%.
Blackwell nearly scored a short-handed goal in the first period but was denied. He found himself in a one-on-one situation in the second period and produced a fantastic assist on Dickinson's 10th goal of the season.
The Chicago Blackhawks do not have much time to lick their wounds as they play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.