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Four takeaways: Blackhawks wrap up busy stretch with overtime loss to Oilers

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks wrap up busy stretch with overtime loss to Oilers

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Sunday:

1. Connor McDavid's overtime winner

The Blackhawks held McDavid off the scoresheet for 60 minutes. Usually that would be enough to get it done, as he's gone only one game this season without recording a point and it was a 3-0 loss.

But they couldn't keep him down in overtime, scoring the winner 53 seconds into it after burying a pass from Leon Draisaitl. McDavid has 17 points through 10 games and is surely going to be in the Art Ross Trophy discussion all season long.

2. Blackhawks get away with slow start

The Blackhawks, who were playing in their sixth game in nine days and the second of a back-to-back, were awarded three power-plays in the first period, which occurred within the opening 11 minutes.

Brent Seabrook cashed in on a 5-on-3 opportunity, converting on the Blackhawks' first shot on goal of the game at the 11:02 mark. They finished with four shots on goal in the first period, and got away with it being a 1-1 tie at intermission even though Zack Kassian scored with 1:34 remaining.

"I think if either team would’ve been A-plus tonight they would have had the puck a lot more," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But I still thought we were playing the game that was out there. Last period, last period and a half, I thought we were better. We were ordinary in the first period, but I thought we were OK the last two periods." 

3. Patrick Kane extends point streak

It didn't take too long for Kane to get back on the scoresheet. With a primary assist on Seabrook's goal, Kane has now picked up at least a point in 11 of 12 games this season and stretched his point streak to six games.

He trails Mikko Rantanen for the NHL lead in points with 18 total, and remains atop the leaderboard in goals (11).

4. Nick Schmaltz is a takeaway machine

It wouldn't be a complete takeaways piece without an actual takeaway reference, right? Going into Sunday's game, Schmaltz had 10 takeaways on the season. He had four against the Oilers, three of which came in the second period alone. It was a terrific defensive display.

His 14 takeaways trails Mark Scheifele by one for the league lead in that department.

Erik Gustafsson on his first NHL fight and Blackhawks reaction to it

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Erik Gustafsson on his first NHL fight and Blackhawks reaction to it

Towards the latter stages of the second period in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Sabres, Alex Nylander received a pass at the Buffalo blue line and fed it to Jonathan Toews, who nearly connected with Brandon Saad that would've put the Blackhawks up 3-0. Then the whistle blew.

Penalty? Injured player?

Nope. 

A scrap ensued in the neutral zone and Chicago's eyes lit up once it became clear which player got involved: Erik Gustafsson, who had zero career NHL fights before dropping the gloves with Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey. So what the heck happened?

"I don't know, I felt like he was coming late," Gustafsson said. "Got his hands up in my face when he hit me and kind of crosschecked him after and he slashed me. I didn't say anything, I was just looking at him, he looked at me and we dropped 'em."

It's easy to figure out what Vesey was trying to accomplish. The Blackhawks had just scored to make it 2-0 and he's looking to change the momentum of the game.

The surprising part was the fact Gustafsson engaged, which he normally doesn't do unless it's warranted. It threw his teammates and everyone on the bench off guard because he's not known to be a physical player.

As soon as the fight began, the TV cameras panned to Saad on the ice and the confused look on his face told the story.

"I haven't talked to him about it yet," a laughing Gustafsson said. "I have to go ask him why he looked so surprised. It was kind of funny, I got to show him that too."

Said head coach Jeremy Colliton: "I didn't see what happened before. I just saw he was fighting and I just, you know ... wondered what could have happened. But, hey, you've got to stick up for yourself."

The only other fights Gustafsson has had in his professional career came with the Rockford IceHogs during the 2016-17 season. He dropped the gloves twice, and both came against Manitoba Moose forward J.C. Lipon, who's profile on hockeyfights.com is significantly longer than Gustafsson's. Each of those scraps started because Gustafsson was unhappy with a hit that was laid on him.

Gustafsson was credited with the takedown in both of those fights against Lipon, but he didn't have as much luck against Vesey.

"Your adrenaline is going up pretty quick," Gustafsson said. "I wanted to keep going there but he dragged me down hard. But it was good to have the first one."

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

Brian Campbell was one of the key acquisitions that helped turn the Blackhawks into a contender after years of missing the playoffs. Now, the Blackhawks are honoring him for his contributions to the team.

Campbell will be honored with “One More Shift” ahead of Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks announced. Campbell will be alongside the team during the national anthem in full gear.

The 40-year-old is now a player development coach for the Blackhawks. He joined the team as a free agent ahead of the 2008-09 season. That season he was second on the team with 45 assists and helped the Blackhawks break a five-year playoff drought and make it to the conference finals for the first time in 14 years.

The following season, the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Campbell spent three years with the Blackhawks during that stint before closing out his career with the team in 2016-17. 

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