3 Takeaways From the Chicago Blackhawks Loss to the New Jersey Devils

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

This defeat hurts more than usual for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Connor Bedard and Nick Foligno left the game with injuries. The team's forward unit keeps getting depleted to the point that it will resemble the units you see in Rockford.

Bedard took a big hit from Brendan Smith in the first period. It was a hit that lives in that gray area between clean and dirty.

Foligno later defended Bedard's honor when he dropped gloves with Smith in the second period.

You would score the fight as Foligno winning but he left the ice and did not return. Head coach Luke Richardson did not have much of an update after the game on whether Bedard and Foligno will miss time.

The Chicago Blackhawks losing streak is now at five as they lost every game on this road trip. May we never speak of it again.

Although before we close the door on this miserable road trip, here are three takeaways from this 4-2 defeat to the Devils...

This team has each other's back.

Foligno was not the only one to jump into a scrap. Alex Vlasic came to Ryan Donato's defense when he was boarded by Nathan Bastian.

Connor Murphy also sent a message to the Devils that if you are going to take out one of the Hawks stars, they can do the same.

The Hawks are undermanned with all these injuries, but they are not going to let a losing streak tear them apart.

Arvid Soderblom had another solid game.

It is the second consecutive game where the beleaguered backup netminder played well. Soderblom turned away 28 of 31 shots.

He did not have a lot of help in front of him, especially with the pairing of defensemen Kevin Korchinski and Nikita Zaitsev playing terribly. The Devils' scoring chances were 13-1 when those were on the ice at even strength.

The special teams' units provided the Blackhawks with two goals.

That is impressive since there were 64 combined penalty minutes. A lot of that was Vlasic's penalties for his fight that was mentioned above.

Still, the whistles were blowing with the Hawks having five power players and the Devils having six.

Jason Dickinson got the Blackhawks on the board first with a power play goal.

Boris Katchouk's goal broke a 1-1 tie when he scored a rare shorthanded goal in the second period.

His celebration was fitting for this game as he held his hand to his ear to embrace the New Jersey boos. The Hawks matched the Devils' physicality and played with confidence. Alas, the injuries to Bedard and Foligno left the Hawks depleted in the third period and they could not finish off the Devils.