Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night:
1. John Hayden's presence felt again.
The Energy Line shined in the Blackhawks' 4-2 win over Arizona on Saturday, and they picked up where they left off in this one. But Hayden particularly was very noticeable.
The 22 year-old opened the scoring just 3:33 (sup, Pat Foley?) into the contest with a shorthanded goal for his first of the season. He also finished the game with one shot on goal, two hits and a takeaway, and logged his highest ice time (13:03) since the second game of the season.
2. About that power play...
It's (almost) gotten to the point where the Blackhawks may be better off declining their power plays.
After capitalizing on their only opportunity in Arizona, the Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the man advantage and struggled to generate any sort of quality scoring chances.
Joel Quenneville has tried mixing up both units, but the results won't turn around unless they get some traffic to the net. It's not fun fighting for position in front of the goaltender on a nightly basis, especially when the season is a marathon and not a sprint, but it's necessary to breaking through.
3. Ryan Hartman defends teammate.
It may not have been the best timing, but there's never really a bad time to stick up for your teammate when it's warranted.
Late in the second period with the Blackhawks trailing 2-1, Nick Schmaltz was leveled by Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb near the team bench, which prompted Hartman to commit a slashing and roughing penalty when coming to the defense of his teammate. The Blackhawks ended up killing off the double-minor penalty, but the Golden Knights scored seconds later and didn't look back.
Any time somebody takes a run at one of your star players, you have to make it known that there will be consequences, even if it's a clean hit. It essentially makes opponents think twice about doing it again.
4. Patrick Kane (barely) extends point streak.
With 65 seconds left in regulation, Kane's point streak lived to fight another day after he scored a goal at the doorstep assisted by Brandon Saad.
Kane has registered at least a point in six consecutive games, and has also found the back of the net in his last three. He finished the game with 10 shot attempts (six on goal), and started double-shifting a bit in the third period.
5. Remember Jonathan Marchessault?
The last time Marchessault got a crack at Chicago, he netted a hat trick in a 7-0 win as a member of the Florida Panthers on March 25 last season.
He continued that success against the Blackhawks, scoring a third-period goal on the power play and recording seven shot attempts (five on goal), two hits and one takeaway. He was all over the scoresheet.