Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night:
1. Shake-up on power play doesn't work.
Joel Quenneville spruced up his power play units before Wednesday's game in an effort to snap a dry spell, but the Blackhawks had no luck in that department in the second of a back-to-back.
The Blackhawks went 0-for-5 on the man advantage against an Oilers team that was ranked dead last in penalty kill percentage going into the contest, and failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 opportunity for 56 seconds in the opening minutes of the season period.
They're getting off a fair amount of shots, but the quality of them isn't there.
2. Ryan Hartman fine after brief exit due to illegal hit.
It was a physical game between the Blackhawks-Oilers, but a line was crossed at the 4:59 mark into the second period when Zack Kassian delivered a huge hit on Hartman, who went face-first into the boards.
Zack Kassian absolutely unloads on Ryan Hartman. Only got 2 mins pic.twitter.com/hxp93SWmhc— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 20, 2017
Kassian was given a two-minute minor penalty for boarding, a call that didn't sit well with the sold-out United Center crowd of 21,444. Hartman went to the locker room to be checked out after the hit despite getting up quickly and showing no visible signs of distress, but he fortunately returned a few shifts later.
It was a dangerous hit by Kassian, and an avoidable one too.
Quenneville admitted Hartman getting up quickly perhaps may have "helped" keep it a minor penalty and not a five-minute major, but the Blackhawks coach wasn't focused on that after seeing the result unfold.
"I saw how hard it looked," Quenneville said. "But Hartzy getting up right away, that helped. You don't even measure it anymore after that. That's the one thing you're hopeful for right off the bat."
3. Connor McDavid adds another play to highlight reel.
We're only two weeks into the season, but the 20-year-old reigning Hart Trophy winner submitted an early entry for Assist of the Year.
Late in the first period, McDavid flew from his own end into the offensive zone, made a spin-o-rama move on two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith and backhanded a perfect pass to Patrick Maroon, who tapped in a goal at the doorstep.
Connor McDavid with one of the best assists you'll see this season pic.twitter.com/uRazZRGcPp— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) October 20, 2017
It looks impossible to defend from anyone watching, and Keith pretty much felt the same way.
"When he gets the speed in the other end there and he's able to skate all the way down, it's tough to stop a guy especially when he's that fast," Keith said. "He's just flying through the middle. I'm just a sitting duck there at the other end of the ice waiting for him to come full speed. It's a hard play to defend against."
4. Anton Forsberg sharp again.
It's a small sample size, but the Blackhawks' backup goaltender has looked really sharp in practically every start he's had in a Chicago uniform, including preseason.
He deserved a better fate in his regular season debut last week in Toronto when he stopped 39 of 43 shots in an overtime loss, and the same applied here.
Forsberg tied a career-high with 40 saves, and seemingly got better as the game went on.
"I for sure felt more comfortable, felt like I was more used to the speed," Forsberg said. "It's tough again to lose in overtime, obviously I wanted a win and that's kind of frustrating."
"Excellent games, both games," Quenneville said of his goaltender. "Would've been nice to get him a win tonight."
5. Jordan Oesterle keeps it simple in debut.
The Blackhawks' crowded blue line has made it difficult for Quenneville to give all eight defensemen a fair amount of playing time, but Oesterle took advantage of his season debut.
He logged 15:01 of ice time, registered three shot attempts (two on goal), and blocked two shots.
"I liked him," Quenneville said. "Moves the puck."
Said Keith: "I thought he was good. Tough situation for him, he hasn't played all year in a game but I thought he played good. He's got good poise, he's smart back there."