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Blackhawks gain a point but fall to Flames in overtime

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Blackhawks gain a point but fall to Flames in overtime

CALGARY, Alberta – There’s something about the way the Blackhawks’ backup goaltenders play in the Saddledome that always gives the team a chance.

On Friday, however, even Scott Darling’s great outing wasn’t enough to salvage two points out of the Blackhawks’ otherwise lackluster performance.

Darling stopped 35 of 37 shots and Patrick Kane extended his point streak to a career-high 15 games. But the Blackhawks lost to the Calgary Flames 2-1 in overtime. The Blackhawks have gotten points in four consecutive games and five of their last six.

Artem Anisimov scored his eighth goal of the season. Kane’s secondary assist on that goal gave him points in 15 consecutive games.

After stopping all 14 of Calgary’s shots in the third period it looked like Darling may steal another point for the Blackhawks in overtime. But Johnny Gaudreau stole the puck from Brent Seabrook and scored for the Flames, who outplayed the Blackhawks most of the night.

“We had a couple of memorable ones, Ray Emery sticks out,” coach Joel Quenneville said of backup goaltenders up here. “The third we started off all right but then they had some great rush chances late in the game. We gave the puck away four times in a short amount of time in overtime. You can’t give it away once, let alone four [times].”

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Despite another slow start and the Flames getting out to a 1-0 lead on Sean Monahan’s goal, the Blackhawks finished the first in a 1-1 tie. Anisimov’s equalizer came 13 seconds into the Blackhawks’ first power play of the night. The Flames, however, had a lot more shots – 37 to the Blackhawks’ 19 – and a lot more quality scoring opportunities.

“I don’t think we played our best game,” Duncan Keith said. “Give them credit: they came out hard and they did what they had to do to win. But, you know, we can be better.”

If not for Darling, the Blackhawks probably lose this game in regulation. From the third period on the Blackhawks were outshot 20-4; they didn’t record any shots in overtime.

“He was a big reason why we got the one point, the biggest reason why we got that one point,” Keith said. “He played great and kept us in the game.”

The Blackhawks didn’t play their best hockey in their last two games. Still, they managed three out of four points.

“It’s definitely not frustrating to get three out of four,” Darling said. “We didn’t have our best game so we can definitely improve off this game and the last game. I think we’ll be fine.”

Perhaps, but there’s no doubt the Blackhawks need to play better. The competition is going to be tougher as they go on this trip and throughout the season. Pretty good won’t be good enough.

“Coming off a win, and I didn’t like the way we played [in Edmonton],” Quenneville said. “Today’s game, I thought we were better than we were the other night but it’s still not good enough to get it done.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Blackhawks handle Kirby Dach's future?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Blackhawks handle Kirby Dach's future?

Should Kirby Dach see more ice time? What should the Blackhawks do with Erik Gustafsson? Has Robin Lehner separated himself in the goalie tandem?

Patrick Sharp and Charlie Roumeliotis join Pat Boyle to discuss that and much more on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast. Plus, you'll hear Robin Lehner's postgame comments after the loss to the Golden Knights and why he thinks the Blackhawks are "really close" to putting it all together.

1:08 - Blackhawks come up with best defensive effort of the season

2:52 - Changes made to the power play units

4:14 - Evaluating Erik Gustafsson's play so far

6:04 - Who fills in after the Connor Murphy injury

7:49 - Patrick Sharp remembers Patrick Kane rookie season

9:08 - What does the future hold for Kirby Dach?

12:04 - Struggles of the Blackhawks' top-six

14:44 - Another strong performance by Robin Lehner

16:33 - Lehner's strong post-game comments after Vegas loss

20:07 - How to handle the goalie-split going forward

23:25 - Biggest thing the Blackhawks need to improve upon

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

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Blackhawks expected to be without Connor Murphy (groin injury) for 'a couple weeks'

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Blackhawks expected to be without Connor Murphy (groin injury) for 'a couple weeks'

The Blackhawks are expected to be without defenseman Connor Murphy for "a couple weeks" after he left in the second period of Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights because of a groin injury, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after the game.

It's the same injury that sidelined Murphy for the season opener in Prague, which is unfortunate given his promotion to the top pairing with Duncan Keith has provided some stability on all three pairings. 

"Obviously that's a blow for us," Colliton said. "It's an opportunity for other guys. We think we need to continue to build depth. That's what we're going to need. We can't just play with six D or seven D all year. You're going to need more than that. That'll be an opportunity for other guys to grow."

Slater Koekkoek is serving as the seventh defenseman right now and he's the likely candidate to slide into Murphy's spot in the lineup. But the Blackhawks might be inclined to make a call-up from Rockford as insurance.

Dennis Gilbert started the season with the Blackhawks because Murphy and Calvin de Haan were not cleared to play overseas, so he's a potential candidate to be brought back up.

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