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Blackhawks score three times in third to come back on Kings

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Blackhawks score three times in third to come back on Kings

The Blackhawks have had a few tests already this season, from revamping after a summer of roster turnover to readjusting in the wake of key injuries.

Couple the changes with playing the ultra-hot Los Angeles Kings, winners of seven in a row entering Monday night, and it could have been a tough night. Instead, the Blackhawks notched a character victory that could give them confidence.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Corey Crawford stopped 33 of 35 shots as the Blackhawks came back to beat the Kings, 4-2, at the United Center. The Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak in their come-from-behind victory, which came without Duncan Keith (right knee) and Marian Hossa, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Teuvo Teravainen scored the game-winning goal about nine minutes into the third, and Artem Anisimov recorded a short-handed goal to seal it. Jonathan Toews scored his fifth goal in as many games; he also added an assist.

Crawford stopped all 19 of the Kings’ third-period shots.

“I didn’t feel that great in the first period, maybe the first half of the game,” Crawford said. “I was able to settle down there.”

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On a night when the Blackhawks needed a little bit from everyone, they got it.

“They’re a team that never really gives up. They keep playing their game throughout the whole game,” Crawford said. “We got into a little trouble there with the penalty at the end, but I thought we played well. A lot of guys were skating hard, making the right plays.”

The Blackhawks showed that early when Ryan Garbutt and Toews broke on a 2-on-1, with Garbutt feeding Toews for a 1-0 lead about six minutes into the game. The Blackhawks got quiet after that as the Kings scored twice, including Anze Kopitar’s goal late in the first period, to take a 2-1 lead.

After a mundane second period, the Blackhawks woke up in the third. Kane’s high shot beat Jonathan Quick just 1:22 into the third, with Teravainen added his third of the season about eight minutes later.

“It’s huge, of course, for myself and for the team,” said Teravainen, who was on the second line with Anisimov and Kane. “It’s a lot of fun. I think I’m going to enjoy my chance, and I think we were OK today. We got some chances, and I think we can still move better, get some puck movement and we can do a better job, too.”

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Anisimov, taking the pass from Toews on a late penalty kill, went forehand for his fifth goal of the season.

“We can’t score on breakaways except for Arty,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “So it was nice to see him finish it.”

The Blackhawks had plenty of finish on Monday night. The first month of the season has been filled with uncertainty and adjustments to all of their changes. They’re still going to be finding their way for a bit, but a comeback game like this should certainly give them a boost.

“Going down 2-1 and going into the third down a goal, that's a big confidence booster for us knowing that we can come back, we can score goals,” Kane said. “We've been struggling to score 5-on-5, and we had three (goals) tonight 5-on-5. That's a big step for us in the right direction. Huge, huge win against a good team. So hopefully this gives us some confidence moving forward and we can keep trending off this.”

Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday:

1. Strong start wasted

The Blackhawks came out of the gates flying. They recorded the first nine shot attempts (four on goal) and didn't allow the Rangers to get their first shot on net until the 6:35 mark.

The Blackhawks were rewarded when Brandon Saad scored at 5:41 to put his team up 1-0. But the Rangers responded with a pair of goals within 4:18 of each other towards the latter stages of the frame to go up 2-1.

It was a tough way for the Blackhawks to go into the first intermission, happy with the start but not the result.

2. High-quality scoring chances

The Blackhawks gave up three goals at 5-on-5 and one empty-netter. And they'll quickly realize when reviewing the tape that they didn't do Collin Delia any favors.

Each of New York's first three goals came from the lower slot area, and they were seemingly all preventable. That's the positive, but also the negative because the Blackhawks are making it tough on themselves.

The Rangers finished with 14 high-danger chances at even strength compared to the Blackhawks' three. Below is a heat map of the shot chart at 5-on-5, courtesy of naturalstattrick.com:

3. Power play stays hot

The Rangers aren't a great team in the penalty kill department. They went into Thursday's game ranked 26th with a 77.1 percent success rate. But they were coming in hot, having killed off 14 in a row in the last three games.

That wasn't enough to stop the Blackhawks' scorching power play, which potted two more on three opportunities (goals by Saad and Alex DeBrincat). It's the seventh straight game the Blackhawks have scored at least one power-play goal, upping their percentage to 37.2 (16-for-43) since Dec. 18 — a span of 14 games, which ranks first over that stretch.

The power play continues to be a bright spot, and the Blackhawks have to be pleased with the consistency of it over the last month now.

4. Strome vs. Strome

For the third time in his NHL career, Dylan Strome went head-to-head with older brother Ryan, the latter of whom had gotten the best of his younger brother in the first two meetings — once when Ryan was with the Islanders and the other when he was with the Oilers, both against Dylan's Coyotes.

But Ryan stayed 3-for-3 against Dylan even though they were both on different teams this time.

Dylan was on the ice against Ryan for 8:46 of 5-on-5 time, which is the most he faced against any other Rangers skater. Ryan's line generated nine scoring chances and allowed only one during that time.

Dylan did get the better of his older brother in the faceoff department (58.3 percent vs. 53.3 percent), but it was Ryan that came away with the result that matters to both of them and that's the two points in the standings.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox prospects trip to the Dominican Republic

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox prospects trip to the Dominican Republic

Thirteen of the White Sox top American born prospects are in the Dominican Republic this week for a cultural exchange trip organized by the White Sox, giving players like Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal, Zack Collins and Dane Dunning a first-hand experience to learn about the country where many of their Latin teammates like Eloy Jimenez call home. Chuck Garfien speaks with Ryan McGuffey who is covering the trip for NBC Sports Chicago. They talk about the White Sox training academy in the Dominican Republic (3:50), what the players are learning and how they're bonding on the trip (6:30), the crazy atmosphere going to a Dominican Winter League game (11:10), going with Reynaldo Lopez to the home where he grew up (14:40), personal stories from the trip (23:15) and more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: