The Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-2 in overtime against the Nashville Predators after battling back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period. While the Blackhawks did get a point, this loss should sting a little.
The Blackhawks were at home on Friday facing off against the shorthanded Predators who were without eight players and their entire coaching staff due to COVID. The team was playing their second game in back to back nights and were with Karl Taylor head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals behind the bench, so naturally, they won their seventh straight game
The Blackhawks were drastically outplayed on Friday. The Predators had 31 shots on goal compared to the Hawks 19, Fleury did his best stopping 28 shots. The Predators had two power play goals on the night, compared to the Hawks having five opportunities but no goals, that needs to change, and the Blackhawks coughed up the puck too much with 11 giveaways on the night.
Now the Blackhawks did not play great, but there is something to be said with the way they battled tonight. After giving up a power play goal in the first they battled back within two minutes to tie it up, and they did that again in the third with a great goal from the captain.
Losing to the Preds is not going to get the team back into the playoffs anytime soon, but hey they did get a point. The Blackhawks are now 11-15-3 on the year, after just losing their first overtime game under Derek King. With that they now have 25 points on the year and are just three behind the Dallas Stars.
The playoffs obviously are still not a point of discussion here, but they way this team has battled back from starting the year 0-9-2 has got to give them some credit. Thiese games are more meaningful the next few weeks with matchups against the Dallas Stars and divisional rival Winnipeg all before the new year.