The Chicago Blackhawks blew a multi-goal lead for the second game in a row during a soul-crushing 7-5 defeat to the St. Louis Blues.
The Blackhawks built up a 5-2 lead early in the third period only to let off the gas. The Blues had an onslaught of shots and scored five unanswered goals to rally back.
It was looking great during the first two periods. Head coach Luke Richardson tweaked his lines and the Blackhawks got goals from the top three lines. Nick Foligno had two goals while Jason Dickinson, Anthony Beauvillier, and Connor Bedard each had one. We will get to Bedard's amazing goal in a bit.
The lack of production out of the fourth line forced Richardson to ditch them in the third period. It still did not matter as the Blackhawks could not keep the puck out of their zone. That is a big reason the Hawks blew a chance to pick up two points in the standings over their rival.
Here are three takeaways from this crushing defeat...
Goalie Arvid Soderblom came apart in the third period.
It is the second straight game the young netminder got shelled. He gave up seven goals to the Seattle Kraken on December 14th.
Soderblom played well during the first two periods. He unraveled in the third. However, he faced an abnormal amount of shots during the final period. The Hawks were outshot 22-2 during that period. Really, Soderblom was on borrowed time the entire game with the amount of shots he had to take on.
Some major defensive breakdowns led to some of the Blues' goals in the final period. Justin Faulk's game-winner is on Soderblom.
Who knows what Soderblom was thinking? He looked like he was trying to swat a fly while trapped in Volkswagen Beetle.
Soderblom has to be on very shaky ground with the franchise. He has been unable to take the No. 1 goaltender job. Now he is no longer giving the Hawks a chance to win games.
The penalty kill went from having a great night to a horrible one.
Foligno scored the team's first short-handed goal of the season. It was nice to see the Chicago Blackhawks get one after giving up a boatload this season. The special teams unit as a whole had a good start as Foligno also scored a power-play goal.
The penalty kill had to be on the ice a lot as the Hawks committed four penalties. The first two power plays got killed off.
Then the kill unraveled in the third period as the Blues scored two goals with the man advantage during three minutes.
Connor Bedard scored a ridiculous Michigan goal.
Bedard has lived up to all the hype he had coming into his rookie season. He has already had some amazing goals, but the goal he scored in this one will be part of his highlight reel forever.
You saw that correctly. Bedard scored a mind-boggling Michigan goal. Hopefully, he keeps scoring many more wow goals. Too bad the defense collapsed and ruin his Michigan goal night.