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Five takeaways from Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to Golden Knights: From bad to worse

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to Golden Knights: From bad to worse

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night:

1. Third-period flurry dooms Blackhawks.

Entering Tuesday, the Blackhawks hadn't lost in regulation when leading after two periods (15-0-3). Vegas quickly changed that with three goals in a span of 3:40 within the first five minutes of the third period.

Before that, Jeff Glass was bouncing back nicely having stopped 24 of 25 shots for a .960 save percentage through two periods. But things unraveled in the blink of an eye and it was the downfall to the Blackhawks' seventh straight loss.

2. Busy night for special teams.

One of the few brights spot for the Blackhawks this season has been the penalty kill. And boy were they busy in this one.

The Blackhawks committed three minor penalties in the first 20 minutes, and seven total, spending 12:20 of the 60 minutes killing penalties; that's more than 20 percent of the game. They were able to kill off all but one, cracking in the third period when Brad Hunt scored the first of four Vegas goals in the frame.

On the other part of special teams, things are starting to turn in a positive direction. For the fifth time in six games, the Blackhawks have scored a power-play goal. But it's too little, too late.

3. Alex DeBrincat keeps shining.

Let's focus on another bright spot in the Blackhawks' season. DeBrincat scored a goal in his second straight game to give him 21 on the season, which is tied with Patrick Kane for most on the team. He also tied Kane for fifth-most goals in a season by a Blackhawks player aged 20 or younger, according to TSN StatsCentre.

DeBrincat added an assist to move up to 36 points on the season, surpassing Jonathan Toews for third on the team and fifth among all rookies. It was also his sixth multi-point effort of his NHL career.

4. Tommy Wingels taking advantage of promotion.

After logging a season-high 15:51 of ice time one night ago, Wingels was put on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad to add an element of physicality up front and some net-front presence, something the Blackhawks have clearly lacked all season. Joel Quenneville even went as far as putting him on the first power-play unit, where he spent 4:14 of those 15:51 minutes.

And Wingels took full advantage of that opportunity. He cashed in on the power play just 2:10 into the game when he redirected an Erik Gustafsson shot from the point to put the Blackhawks up 1-0. Wingels finished with seven shot attempts, a team-high four on goal and two hits. 

He could be a nice depth player for any contending team looking to fill out their bottom six.

5. Patrick Sharp's noticeable return.

Sharp had been a healthy scratch in six of the last nine games going into Vegas, but he was very noticeable in his return to the lineup.

Sharp first made his presence felt towards the latter stages of the first period when he delivered a heavy hit on Shea Theodore. And then 2:59 into the second period, he was awarded a penalty shot but was denied by Marc-Andre Fleury.

Not long after, Sharp registered a primary assist on DeBrincat's power-play goal that made it 2-1 Blackhawks. It was Sharp's first point since he registered two on Jan. 9, a drought of eight games. Always nice to see him show flashes.

NHL Draft Profile: F Andrei Svechnikov

NHL Draft Profile: F Andrei Svechnikov

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Andrei Svechnikov

Position: Right wing
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 188 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He thinks the game a couple steps ahead and will make decisions with or without the puck that not many can make. He's on a very powerful line but teams focus to stop him. He lets the play and pressure come to him, and he can survey the ice so well. The vision and smarts are impressive."

NHL player comparable: 

Fit for Blackhawks:

In TSN Bob McKenzie's latest final draft ranking, one scout told him that “Svechnikov may be closer to [Rasmus] Dahlin for No. 1 than the rest of the field is to Svechnikov." So yeah, Svechnikov is going second overall. The question is, will Carolina be the one making that pick?

Under new ownership and a new regime, the Hurricanes are open to just about anything. And the word is they won't be moving out of the second spot unless they're blown away by an offer. 

The Blackhawks have been connected with the Hurricanes because the latter possesses a ton of immediate assets, including Scott Darling, Justin Faulk and even Jeff Skinner, all of whom would be a significant upgrade for Chicago. Would it cost more to center a deal around any of those players or the No. 2 overall pick?

Svechnikov is one of probably two players who are absolutely ready to step into an NHL lineup right now. He would look tremendous on the right wing with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. But the price to pay just doesn't seem to be worth it.

NHL Draft Profile: D Adam Boqvist

NHL Draft Profile: D Adam Boqvist

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Adam Boqvist

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 168 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"Boqvist is a finesse defenseman who is very skilled, possesses excellent vision and tons of talent. He is fun to watch and full of surprises on the ice. He often plays bigger than his size and skated in his first games with Sweden's Senior National Team in April."

NHL player comparable: Erik Karlsson

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks would love to have Karlsson, who is probably being traded out of Ottawa this summer. Every team would love to have him. But that's not realistic for Chicago. So what if they drafted his potential mini me?

Boqvist is electric with the puck and has drawn comparisons to the Swedish defenseman as a best-case scenario.

There are two concerns, though. One is that he may need some time to develop at just 17 years old and his defense a work in progress. The second is that he's sustained head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds a little bit of risk to the equation.

If he can stay healthy and his development isn't rushed, there's major upside here. But are the Blackhawks willing to be patient? We're not so sure.