10 observations: Penz beat the Hawks in Chicago for the first time since 2009 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks lost 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on Sunday.
Here are 10 observations from the loss:
one. This night was dedicated to Marian Hosse, whose number 81 was officially retired from the Blackhawks. Hosted by Eddie Olchik. Former teammates Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp were in attendance. The Stanley Cup suddenly appeared. It was an unforgettable night.
2. The Penguins opened the scoring in 64 seconds thanks to Brock McGinn. I know it’s hard to believe, but for the first time since February 27, 2009, the Penguins led – and won – in Chicago in 496:04 minutes. The Penguins had been leading 0–5–3 in their previous eight games at the United Center.
3. It was the first time Sidney Crosby had scored and beat the Blackhawks at the United Centre. He scored four points and scored the winning goal with 3:14 left in normal time. The right night to do it was when Hossa honored his former partner.
four. I thought the Blackhawks were the best team in the first period. They recorded a season-high 16 shots on goal in the first frame, 24 hours after just 18 shots were scored against Boston. But the Blackhawks hit the pit again, conceding the first goal in their fifth straight game and 14th in 18 games this season. Their struggle in this department continues.
5. The Penguins scored two goals at 1:40 in the second period to go 3-0. I thought the game was over at the time, but the Blackhawks scored twice at the end of the frame to make it more interesting and tied the score 3-3 at the end of the third period. Give them credit for fighting back. It would be easy to get blown away.
6. I don’t want to say that Patrick Kane has been on the offensive lately because I still think he creates chances, but that didn’t show up on the scoresheet. He broke a 10-game drought by scoring Chicago’s first goal of the game, and you could see the relief in his screaming during his celebration.
7. The Blackhawks went back to five powerplay hitters, and on several occasions it almost ended badly. The Penguins had two shorthanded leads, one by Teddy Blueger off the blue line in the first frame and another by Ryan Pauling in the third period. Arvid Soderblom stopped both of them and they both came out at the key moments of the fight.
eight. There wasn’t a lot of flow in this game. There were a lot of whistles, 52 stops to be exact. Almost a whistle a minute. Ugh.
9. Yujhar Haira scored his 300th career NHL goal and celebrated by scoring his second goal of the season. Incredible pass by Jason Dickinson too.
ten. Evgeni Malkin also had a landmark post-skating evening in his 1,000th career NHL game, and the Penguins honored him by mimicking his pre-game routine during warm-ups. Just fun. Of course, Malkin scored a goal.
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