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10 observations: Blackhawks pick up point but fall in OT

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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The Blackhawks lost to Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday at BB&T Center to wrap up their four-game road trip.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. Head coach Jeremy Colliton made a couple of lineup changes for the road trip finale: Kevin Lankinen made his first career NHL start and Brandon Hagel drew in for Matthew Highmore. Lankinen became the fourth Blackhawks rookie to make his NHL debut this season, joining Philipp Kurashev, Ian Mitchell and Pius Suter. This was Hagel's second career NHL game.

2. For the fourth straight game to start the season, the Blackhawks gave up the first two goals and both of them came in the opening frame. They're not doing themselves any favors in that regard, but the Blackhawks bounced back by scoring four of the next five. They held their first lead of the season in the third period but it lasted only 1:11.

3. Dominik Kubalik scored two goals on the power play; he had four power-play goals all of last season, with 26 of his 30 coming at even strength. This was his fifth career multi-goal game, sixth including the postseason.

4. Speaking of the power play, the Blackhawks have scored a goal with the man advantage in four consecutive games. They're now 5-for-12 this season for a 41.7 percent success rate after finishing 28th last season at 15.2 percent.

5. The Blackhawks have played in four games and all three goaltenders have gotten a shot. It's the first time in franchise history the Blackhawks have used three different goaltenders through their first four games. Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia got the first crack, and it was Lankinen's turn on Tuesday. He stopped 23 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .821.


6. Patrick Kane was awarded a penalty shot in the second period and was denied by Sergei Bobrovsky. He's now 0-for-4 on penalty shots for his NHL career, but he made up for it a few minutes later by scoring a highlight-reel backhand goal.

7. Philipp Kurashev nearly scored his first career NHL goal on Sunday but was robbed by Chris Driedger on a one-timer opportunity. Well, he got another chance on Tuesday and made no mistake, snapping one past Bobrovsky from 32 feet out.

8. Adam Boqvist had a tough game on Sunday. He was benched for the final eight minutes of the second period and was removed from the first power-play unit, but the Blackhawks put him right back out there for the third period. On Tuesday, he was on the top pairing with Duncan Keith and looked better. Boqvist took only three shifts in the second period after leaving with an apparent injury but returned for the third period.

9. Dylan Strome won 10 of 15 faceoffs in this game. He's now won 39 of 62 faceoffs this season for a 62.9 percent success rate. He had a 46.2 percent win percentage in his first two seasons with the Blackhawks.

10. There was a lot of discussion on social media during Sunday's game about the Blackhawks' ice time for certain players. For example, the original NHL report had Dominik Kubalik at only 2:17 of ice time in the first period and 13:13 for the entire game. Colliton said afterward that the stats were "totally out of whack" and he was right. The league eventually corrected it, and Kubalik finished with 17:51 of ice time. There were many others affected, but the original report, thankfully, was accurate for Tuesday's game.

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