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Five takeaways from Blackhawks shootout loss to Stars: Anton Forsberg stands tall in first start since Corey Crawford injury

Five takeaways from Blackhawks shootout loss to Stars: Anton Forsberg stands tall in first start since Corey Crawford injury

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday night:

1. Special teams swing in the first period.

After going 1-for-7 on the power play during Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas, the Blackhawks had an early opportunity to get on the board when Gustav Forsling drew a tripping penalty 2:49 into the game, but they couldn't capitalize.

Twenty one seconds later, John Hayden was whistled for high sticking and the Stars made 'em pay. 

Jan Rutta's clearing attempt didn't get past the neutral zone, and while that was going on, Artem Anisimov darted for the bench but at the last second decided to stay on the ice after realizing the puck didn't get deep. Jamie Benn found Tyler Seguin in the slot, and Alexander Radulov buried the one-timer to put Dallas up 1-0. 

The Blackhawks have now allowed at least one power-play goal in four of their last six games after being perfect in seven of their last eight.

2. Cody Franson is on the board.

The Blackhawks would even it up at 1-1 shortly after Radulov's goal when Franson scored his first goal in his 16th game as a member of the Blackhawks.

Ryan Hartman fed Franson a pass off the boards, Patrick Sharp provided net-front presence and Franson's quick snapshot got past Ben Bishop.

It was a nice way to bounce back for the 30-year-old defenseman after he logged a season-low 12:39 of ice time on Thursday, although his 13:10 in this one was his second-lowest of the season.

3. Brandon Saad goal salvages second period.

The Blackhawks slowed down in the middle frame.

They committed two penalties, had 15 shot attempts (12 on goal) compared to the Stars' 29 attempts (15 on goal) and allowed 12 scoring chances to their six. The Stars were rewarded when Radek Faksa scored his fifth goal in his last three games after scoring five in his first 22 games to start the season.

But the Blackhawks added a huge equalizing goal with 41 seconds left in the period when Connor Murphy's wrist shot from the blue line was redirected by Saad, who tallied his third goal in five games after scoring just one in his previous 15. 

The Blackhawks also drew a penalty with five seconds left in the period, opening the third period with a power play and a 2-2 game despite being outplayed in the second.

4. Gustav Forsling gaining Joel Quenneville's trust.

For the second straight game, the 21-year-old defenseman led the Blackhawks in ice time (24:38) after logging a season-high 26:59 on Thursday. 

In fact, normally Quenneville goes with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith to start 3-on-3 overtime, but this time Forsling got the start. He's certainly gaining the trust of his head coach.

Forsling has logged at least 21 minutes of ice time in 10 of his last 11 games after registering fewer than that in all of his first 12 games of the season.

5. Anton Forsberg stands tall in first start since Corey Crawford injury.

Corey Crawford is irreplaceable for the Blackhawks, but Forsberg did just fine in his first start since the starting netminder was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Forsberg stopped 33 of 35 shots (.943 save percentage), and gave his team a chance to win until the very end. Most notably, he made a terrific save on Radulov during a 2-on-1 opportunity for the Stars towards the latter stages of the first period to keep the game knotted up at 1-1.

Forsberg allowed both goals in the shootout, but the Blackhawks didn't do him any favors by not scoring either. He was a big reason the Blackhawks got a point, and it'll be interesting to see whether Quenneville will give him the nod in the second of a back-to-back against Los Angeles on Sunday.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Which Hawks have impressed most during five-game win streak?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Which Hawks have impressed most during five-game win streak?

On this episode of the Blackhawks Talk Pat Boyle is joined by Jamal Mayers and Brian Campbell. The guys discuss which Blackhawks are on the top of their game. Patrick Kane is certainly on the list after he scored two goals against the Wild, and Corey Crawford has been lights out since his return from injury.

Plus, If Erik Karlsson is on the trade block, how aggressive should Hawks be in acquiring him?

Listen to the full episode of the podcast at this link or in the embedded player below:

As Patrick Kane approaches 300 career goals, Jeremy Roenick says he will be best Blackhawk ever

As Patrick Kane approaches 300 career goals, Jeremy Roenick says he will be best Blackhawk ever

Patrick Kane's career to this point has already cemented him as one of the best Blackhawks ever, but former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick thinks Kane will stand alone in Blackhawk history by the time he hangs up the skates.

Roenick made a guest appearance on Intermission Live during the first intermission of Sunday's 4-1 Blackhawks win against the Wild, a game in which Kane scored two goals to bring his career total to 299 and move into fifth place in Blackhawks history in goal scored. During the interview, Roenick had plenty of praise for No. 88.

Host Pat Boyle told Roenick that Denis Savard thinks Kane will be the best Blackhawk ever and Roenick agreed.

"I say 100 percent of that," Roenick said. "I say that only because you look at the dynamics of the way this guy plays, you see the way he scares the bejeezes out of other defensemen on other teams, three Stanley Cups, the points that he's putting up, he's going to go down as the best American with Mike Modano."

Kane scored a goal in each of the first two periods on Sunday to give the Blackhawks a fifth straight win. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season to lead the Blackhawks in both categories. The milestones are falling and more are approaching. Not only is Kane one goal away from 300 for his career, but he is approaching 500 career assists (currently at 487) and 800 career points (currently at 786). He's 29 and showing no sign of slowing down so the milestones should continue to fall, thus making Roenick's argument that he could finish his career as the best ever.

Roenick's predictions didn't stop there. He continued to say Kane and Toews will be honored in another way.

"He's going to have a statue, along with Jonathan Toews, out there on Madison Avenue at one point in their careers, in their lives," Roenick said. "It's well deserved because they really took this organization that was sputtering and have turned it into the best organization in all of sports. They deserve a lot of credit and they will go down as one of the best Hawks ever."

See the video above to watch Roenick's comments.