That didn't end well, did it?
Listen, we're as surprised to see this as you all are. The Blackhawks have been automatic for so long when leading after two periods that you just assumed they were going to win those games for the next five years. So much for that.
But time to break this one down. With one game remaining before the All-Star break, let's look at the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
1. A rare loss recorded. When entering the third period with a lead, the Blackhawks were 78-0-5 in regular-season games (dating back to 2014-15) heading into Tuesday night's game. Well, if you're going to snap a great streak, why not do it with a thud? The Blackhawks were just steamrolled in the third period. Yes, they had some quality scoring chances, but Andrei Vasilevskiy was great, making 14 of his 34 stops in the third period. And at the other end — well, you all saw it.
2. Jonathan Toews scores again. There have been a few times this season when, after Toews has a good night, we assume this is going to be the start of a roll for him. This time he might really be onto one. Toews had a goal and two assists and had an outstanding game overall on Tuesday. He was creating whenever he was on the ice, and that included taking a few shifts with Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane. It's a good sign for Toews, though his mood was tempered by the goals allowed. "It was nice to feel it out there and make plays and be in on a couple goals," he said. "Unfortunately, wasn't good enough defensively tonight, but you want to keep playing the same way I have the last couple of games."
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3. Underestimating the Lightning? That might have happened. The Lightning might be hurt, they might be struggling in goal (except for Tuesday) and they might have a bad record. But that team still has a ton of skill and speed, both of which were on display against the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville warned about the Lightning still being "an extremely dangerous team." Indeed, the Bolts were.
4. Power play doesn't convert. The Blackhawks are struggling in this department again. They went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and have now gone six games without a power-play goal (0-for-12 in that span). Quenneville's big concern with the power play is if it's lack of scoring leads to a loss of momentum. That didn't happen. But capitalizing on one of those could have changed the complexion of this one.
5. A good start again. Remember when we said that if the Blackhawks would only start well they'd be much better off? Well, that's been hit and miss. The Blackhawks had another good start, this one including a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. But the finish wasn't there.