Connor McDavid, sudden power play struggles doom Blackhawks in Game 2


The Blackhawks lost 6-3 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Edmonton, leaving the best-of-five series tied 1-1.

Here are four takeaways:

McDavid and his hats

After scoring 2:34 into Game 1 with a power-play marker, Oilers captain Connor McDavid rinsed and repeated with a goal 19 seconds into Game 2 and added another at 4:05 of the opening frame.

He completed the hat trick at 17:10 of the second period on an Oilers' power play, giving Edmonton a 4-3 lead. It was his first career postseason hat trick.

Power play needs a charge

After going 3-for-6 on the man advantage in Game 1 on Saturday, the Hawks struggled on the power play in Game 2. 

The Blackhawks went 0-for-4 on the power play on Monday, including failing to score during seven minutes of power play time in the second period.

Click to download the MyTeams App for the latest Blackhawks news and analysis.

Dominik Kubalik, who had two power-play goals and five points in Game 1, was left off the scoresheet in Game 2. 

More urgent Oilers

It wasn't just McDavid who came out firing against the Hawks in Game 2. After allowing the Blackhawks to score four first-period goals in Game 1, the Oilers outshot the Hawks 17-9 in the opening frame of Game 2, leading Chicago 2-1 after the first.

Then, Edmonton forward Tyler Ennis scored 1:44 into the second period to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead. 

In the third period, Edmonton scored two goals in 40 seconds. First, James Neal scored after Corey Crawford misplayed a puck behind the net. Alex Chiasson followed up by scoring from the left of the crease when a puck squeaked through with a scrum in front of the net to make it 6-3 for the final score.


Quenneville (the other one)

Blackhawks forward John Quenneville was in the lineup, skating on the Hawks' third line with Kirby Dach and Alex DeBrincat. Quenneville was in for Drake Caggiula, who was serving a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Oilers forward Tyler Ennis in Game 1. 

Quenneville, 24, recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in 42 games across three seasons with the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the Blackhawks for forward John Hayden last offseason. 

Quenneville played a team low 6:04 on Monday. Patrick Kane, who logged 22:42 of ice time, double-shifted on the third line for Quenneville for a majority of the game, scoring his first goal of the postseason at 9:06 of the first period.

The move was a bit surprising as Dylan Sikura was available to play. Sikura was visible at the Hawks' Phase 3 training camp, generating a lot of offense and finding the back of the net. His skill and offensive talent may have been a bigger upgrade for the Hawks in Game 2. Sikura has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 47 games over the past three seasons with Chicago.