Instant reaction: Blackhawks pick up point against Jets but remain winless

Instant reaction: Blackhawks pick up point against Jets but remain winless


Jets 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Snap judgments:

— For the second straight game the Blackhawks scored the first goal and were the better team in the first period. And for the second straight game they couldn't hold down the fort and remain winless through three games (0-2-1). 

— The Blackhawks won the first and third periods. It was the second period again where things went a little sideways, which has been an early theme this season. The Jets generated eight scoring chances at 5-on-5 compared to the Blackhawks' two in the middle frame, according to Natural Stat Trick.

— The Blackhawks have allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their first three games, but this was easily the best penalty kill performance of the season. They were 3-for-4 on the night and scored a shorthanded goal on the very first opportunity, generating several scoring chances on it. 

Three stars:

1. Jets C Mark Scheifele — Overtime winner, three shots on goal and two takeaways in 22:16 of ice time

2. Jets RW Nikolaj Ehlers — One goal, one assist and five shot attempts (two on goal) in 16:46 of ice time

3. Blackhawks LW Brandon Saad — Shorthanded goal, one shot on goal, one hit and three takeaways in 16:06 of ice time

Must-see highlights:

— Saad's shorthanded goal for his first of the season

— Seabrook's 101st career NHL goal

— Robin Lehner's two-pad stack

— Scheifele's overtime winner

What's next:

The Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

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NHL 20 sim: Blackhawks battle for playoff lives vs. Islanders

NHL 20 sim: Blackhawks battle for playoff lives vs. Islanders

With the Blackhawks down to their final two games on the would-be NHL schedule, we decided to simulate the New York swing to wrap up their season in NHL 20. The Hawks finish up their season with two games in the Empire State; first a matchup with the Islanders followed by a showdown with Artemi Panarin’s Rangers.

The Hawks surged through mid-March largely in part to a heavy home schedule. Chicago defended home ice with a record of 6-1-1 in their last eight games at the United Center, coupled with a 2-0-1 record in their remaining three road games of the month, good for an 8-1-2 record leading up to the final two games of the season. Getting four of four points in their home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild was crucial. 

Despite the late playoff push, the Blackhawks need all four points in their East Coast visit to potentially earn a wild card spot in a crowded Western Conference. Can they continue their hot streak and vault themselves into the playoffs?

Blackhawks at Islanders (4/2)
Result: Blackhawks win 5-2
Three Stars:
1st Star: Dylan Strome (2 G, 1 A, 6 SOG)
2nd Star: Leo Komarov (2 G)
3rd Star: Brandon Saad (2 G, +1)

The Blackhawks’ big men were key to the win in Brooklyn. Strome and Saad both stepped up with multi-goal performances and were vital to the Blackhawks success on the man-advantage. The Hawks will need both to continue to play important roles on special teams if they want to get into the postseason and make a run.
Scoring Summary:
1st Period
-       11:01: Leo Komarov (B. Nelson, D. Toews) 1-0
-       13:17: Brandon Saad (A. DeBrincat, A. Boqvist) 1-1
-       14:38 PP Brandon Saad (A. Nylander, D. Strome) 2-1
2nd Period
-       9:55 PP Dylan Strome (A. Nylander, D. Keith) 3-1
3rd Period
-       5:05 DeBrincat (J. Toews, K. Dach) 4-1
-       12:04 Leo Komarov (M. Martin, J. Boychuk) 4-2
-       19:20 EN Dylan Strome (A. Nylander, P. Kane) 5-2

Box Score:
Shots on Goal:
-       Chicago: 37
-       New York: 26

The Blackhawks defense stepped up in a big way limiting the Islanders to just 26 shots on goal. The six Chicago power plays certainly helped swing things in their favor, but limiting shots has been a Blackhawks weakness all season (35.1 shots allowed per game). If Corey Crawford is seeing close to 10 less shots per game than the team average, the Hawks stand a chance against anyone.
-       Corey Crawford: 24/26 (.923 SV%)
-       Semyon Varlamov: 32/36 (.888 SV%)

Corey Crawford was consistent in net for the Hawks yet again, as he has been since the deadline day trade of Robin Lehner. The first goal was one he might want back, but it was still conceded to an open shooter in the slot. The second was a perfectly placed shot Crawford had very little chance on.
Power Play:
-       Chicago: 2-6
-       New York: 0-3

Special teams success is key to any postseason run, and for a team like Chicago that has had major struggles on the power play this season, this game was a welcomed sight. A pair of goals on the man-advantage and a perfect penalty kill is a recipe for success.
Notable Blackhawks performances
-       Alex Debrincat (Goal, Assist)
-       Alex Nylander (3 Assists)
-       Kirby Dach (Assist)
-       Adam Boqvist (Assist)

The Blackhawks had several young players step up and play big roles in a big situation. Alex Nylander chipped in with 3 assists (2 on the PP). Adam Boqvist notched an assist on the game-tying goal early. Alex DeBrincat set up the go-ahead goal and netted the goal that effectively put the game out of reach, a goal that Kirby Dach assisted on. For the Blackhawks to make a deep playoff run, they’ll need contributions like this from their youth. With their postseason hopes on the line, it’s a positive performance out of the team’s young players hoping to get their first taste of the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators announce five more members test positive for COVID-19

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Ottawa Senators announce five more members test positive for COVID-19

It has been announced five more members of the Ottawa Senators have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the organization’s total confirmed cases to six. The Senators were the first team in the NHL to have a confirmed case, which had been reported on March 17. On April 1, it had been announced that all six members of the Senators have since recovered from COVID-19.

This news comes on the heels of TSN color analyst Gord Wilson testing positive for COVID-19 last week. On March 26 it was announced a player for the Colorado Avalanche had tested positive for COVID-19 as well. The identities of the Senators members and Avalanche player with COVID-19 are currently anonymous. 

The Blackhawks were scheduled to host the Senators on the day after the league halted the season. The Senators were coming off a three-game road trip in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

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