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Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa, have win streak snapped by Senators

Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa, have win streak snapped by Senators

The start wasn’t so bad. The end was a great flourish. The middle wasn’t so good, and it was ultimately costly for the Blackhawks. And for only the third time this season, the Blackhawks lost a home game in regulation.

Artemi Panarin scored his 15th goal of the season and Richard Panik added his ninth, but the Blackhawks couldn’t muster another one in a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks, whose five-game winning streak was snapped, remain atop the Western Conference with 48 points.

Now, will they be down another forward? Marian Hossa did not return for the second period, suffering an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa is questionable for Friday, when the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks are already without Artem Anisimov, although Quenneville said the center could play Friday.

The Blackhawks had a strong finish but they had to make up for a mediocre second in which the Senators scored three times, including twice in 10 seconds. Derick Brassard’s goal one second after an Ottawa power play and Tom Pyatt’s goal those few seconds later turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 Ottawa lead.

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“Kind of a tough swing in the second period with the end of the penalty kill and another quick one to go down two,” said Jonathan Toews. “I think in a lot of situations, if we have little breakdowns we find a way to keep games tight. Play the way we do late in games we find ways to win, especially the way we’ve been playing lately. Unfortunately, we got down a few and didn’t have enough to come back.”

Still, the Blackhawks almost did. Richard Panik brought the Blackhawks to within a goal early in the third period and Marcus Kruger had a penalty shot with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. But as with several other Blackhawks chances down the stretch, Mike Condon stopped it.

“Obviously I wanted to take the chance there and score and tie it up. That would’ve been great,” said Kruger. “I really wanted to see that go in but it is what it is.”

The Blackhawks have fared well at home this season. They didn’t have enough through the middle of this one, and as Quenneville said, the Senators “played a good road game.”

The Blackhawks have had a lot of finish this season. This time, they didn’t have quite enough.

“I think that’s been our team the last few games, coming from behind and having really good third periods. That’s something we want to keep doing but we want our starts to be a lot better,” Kruger said. “We had two tough breakdowns in the second that put us behind and we had to chase a lot today. We gave it a try in the end, but can’t get the last one in.”

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year.

But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by the Erie Otters of the OHL and there could've been a moment where he played with Connor McDavid and current teammates Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome all at the same time.

“I remember telling Sherry Bassin, the GM of Erie, how I was going to go to college," Caggiula said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "He kept reiterating that, 'at 16 years old, we’re not going to be that great. But at 17, we’re going to be a little bit better, but not great. But at 18 and 19, those are going to be your big years and we’re going to have a really good team and we’re going to surround you with good players.’ I mean, that’s two years in the future so it’s hard to really see that.

"Looking back at it now, the players that I could have played with, they had some pretty talented players go through Erie. Even Dylan Larkin was an Erie draft pick and ended up going to Michigan. It could have been a pretty talented team there so it’s kind of funny to see how it all works out. We’re all here today coming from different paths so it’s pretty cool.”

Any chirps from the guys about his decision now?

“Yeah, Connor [McDavid] used to make fun of me all the time, you know? ‘Oh, we would have won the Memorial Cup if you would have joined the team!’ and all that sort of stuff," Caggiula joked. "We talk about it a little bit just here and there saying, ‘what a team we could have had and imagine who we would have been playing with and now we’re all here together. What if we all would have started in Erie together and now we’re here together?’ It just would have been a pretty cool story. It’s obviously something that we can’t control but it’s definitely something that you can look back at and laugh at.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few).

It was a weird dynamic at first, but quickly normalized once the locker room realized how bright of a hockey mind Colliton had/has.

Calvin de Haan offers a unique perspective. After being acquired by the Blackhawks in the summer, an interesting storyline was brought to light. He and Colliton actually played together during the 2011-12 season with the New York Islanders organization, where Colliton served as the captain of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

While he may not have expected it to come this quickly, de Haan isn't surprised to see Colliton behind an NHL bench at such a young age.

"Looking back on it now, you realize that he has the qualities to be a successful coach," de Haan said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "Smart guy, very methodical I don't envision him being a yeller or a screamer but he was a guy who always kind of spoke and everyone kind of listened. I'm assuming it's going to translate to his coaching style and just judging by his personality you can see why he's climbed the ranks pretty quick. I'm really excited to play for him."

Check out the interview in the video above.

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