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Blackhawks blanked by Jets to end 11-game point streak

Blackhawks blanked by Jets to end 11-game point streak

WINNIPEG, Man. — The Blackhawks had been on a nice run lately, using a combination of great goaltending and an improving all-around game to collect points in 11 consecutive games.

They were looking to take that game on the road on this Circus Trip. Unfortunately at their first stop, they took a step backward.

Josh Morrissey scored the first goal of his NHL career and the Winnipeg Jets added three more in the third period to beat the Blackhawks, 4-0, on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks, who were shut out for the first time this season, suffered their first regulation loss since Oct. 21 (a 3-2 loss to Columbus).

Vinnie Hinostroza was injured late in the first period off a hit near the boards and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said he thought Hinostroza would be fine but that he would know more on Wednesday.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 27 shots for his first shutout of the season and third of his career. Corey Crawford stopped 18 of 22 shots, getting pulled in favor of Scott Darling after the Jets scored twice in 11 seconds in the third period. Patrik Laine and Nic Petan had the Jets’ quick-strike goals in the third; Laine’s was his 12th of the season.

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There were a few games during the Blackhawks’ point streak in which they didn’t play well yet still pulled out one or two points. That wasn’t the case Tuesday, as the Blackhawks played flat from start to finish.

“We didn’t generate anything in the first period there. We still had a hockey game ahead of us, but we didn’t generate a lot tonight,” Quenneville said. “It’s one of those games where up front we tried a few things, missed a couple of guys and rearranged the lines without any success. Across the board, we shouldn’t be happy about that one.”

The Jets, who are going through several injuries right now, nevertheless played a strong game. No, they didn’t generate much themselves until the third period, when they broke open what was a 1-0 game to that point. But they were more opportunistic than the Blackhawks, whose puck possession was absent.

Also gone was a great opportunity for the Blackhawks in the second period, when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for a minute and seven seconds. Nothing came of it.

“We’re all pros, we can’t be deflated. But it’s a big opportunity there, and we’ve had some tough luck with the 5-on-3,” Brian Campbell said. “We’ve got to find ways to capitalize on those situations. They’re huge throughout a season and obviously playoffs.”

In one sense, the Blackhawks will shrug this one off. They’re coming off a nice run. In another sense, this is not how they wanted to start this Circus Trip. The Blackhawks were making strides in their overall game as they hit the road. On Tuesday, they hit a bump.

“I liked the way we were going where we had four or five games where we looked like we got better every game,” Quenneville said. “Today, looked like what we saw earlier.”

Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Blackhawks director of player development Mark Eaton joins the show to evaluate the organization’s top defensemen prospects and where each of them is at in their developments. Which ones could make the NHL jump next season?

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis offer their takeaways from the Eaton interview and outlook the Blackhawks blue line group as a whole.

1:00 – Eaton on Henri Jokiharju’s development

3:30 – Adam Boqvist’s growth in North America

6:50 – Evaluating Nicolas Beaudin’s progression

8:15 – Surprised about Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college?

10:55 – Assessing Chad Krys in college and AHL

13:10 – Challenge between stressing defensive side of game but not taking away from who the player is

15:55 – Which defensemen prospects could be in NHL next season?

18:25 – The message Erik Gustafsson’s breakout season sends to prospects

21:15 – Takeaways from Eaton interview

31:25 – Reviewing Blackhawks defensemen contracts

33:35 – Thoughts on Gustav Forsling

35:20 – The challenge for Blackhawks defense this offseason

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Reports: Blackhawks among finalists for a pair of international forwards

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Reports: Blackhawks among finalists for a pair of international forwards

The Blackhawks are always active in the overseas market. Over the last few years, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Michal Kempny, Jacob Nilsson, Artemi Panarin and Jan Rutta are among the notable Chicago signings that have come from there. 

And they continue to be an attractive destination.

The Blackhawks have reportedly expressed interest in 24-year-old Russian winger Ilya Mikheyev and 26-year-old Swedish forward Anton Wedin, and the feeling is mutual.

Of the 30 NHL teams that have checked in on Mikheyev, TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday that the Blackhawks are among the finalists — although it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs could be the frontrunners. Mikheyev, who's 6-foot-2, 194 pounds, racked up 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 62 games this season for Avangard Omsk of the KHL, and tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 13 postseason contests. His decision is expected to come this weekend.

Wedin has also reportedly narrowed his list, which includes the Blackhawks. He had a breakout season in the Swedish Hockey League, where he compiled 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 32 regular-season games and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in seven playoff contests with Timra IK.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound winger is expected to make his decision either before or after the 2019 IIHF World Championship, depending on whether or not he plays for Sweden.

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