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Five Things: Blackhawks heading home with hats in hand

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Five Things: Blackhawks heading home with hats in hand

LOS ANGELES – Win some dramatically, lose some dramatically: that’s the way it goes sometimes.

After a crazy comeback on Friday, the Blackhawks squandered a 2-0 lead of their own against the Los Angeles Kings. It left a bit of a sour taste in their mouths, as they finished 3-1-2 on the Circus Trip. Still, it was a fairly successful trip as points go.

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So before we pack it in and head home, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings:

1. Patrick Kane sets a new mark.

Kane is now the point-streak leader for U.S.-born players, making it 19 games in a row with his power-play goal in the first period. “Yeah, it’s cool,” Kane said. “You think about how many great American players have played the game, the two who were at the 18-game point streak (Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel) and what they’ve done in their careers. It was pretty cool, but overshadowed by the loss.”

2. Streak of leading after two periods ends.

Hey, it was bound to end at some point. The Blackhawks had gone 42-0-0 in games when they’ve led after two periods. The Kings snapped that streak on Saturday night. It was a pretty astounding record to begin with, so now the Blackhawks will try to go on with a 42-0-1 record when leading after two periods.

3. Tough moment for Brent Seabrook.

You’re careful not to heap too much criticism on Seabrook, whose turnover led to Marian Gaborik’s tying goal with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. Seabrook has been great throughout this season and was a huge reason why the Blackhawks won on Friday – he had a three-point night with two primary assists and a second one. It happens to the best of them sometimes.

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4. Duncan Keith keeps going.

Remember how we said yesterday that Keith has been racking up the points since his knee surgery? He’s still doing that. Keith had two assists on Saturday and, in his eight gamessince surgery, now has four goals and four assists.

5. Heading home.

So how to assess the Blackhawks’ trip? Eh, it wasn’t bad. They got points in games they probably shouldn’t have, were denied points in games they could’ve collected some. The record isn’t a bad one, so the Blackhawks will take it and try to build off it now that they’re headed home again.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.

0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years

4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer

5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders

6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season

8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics

10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs

12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development

14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops

16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group

18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard

20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season

22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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Andrew Shaw on his career season in Montreal and adding toughness to Blackhawks

Andrew Shaw on his career season in Montreal and adding toughness to Blackhawks

Andrew Shaw had a terrific 2018-19 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He set a career high with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) despite missing 19 games due to injuries and averaged 15:55 of ice time, which was the highest of his NHL career.

When asked to explain why he believes he had the best offensive output of his career, Shaw pointed to one thing.

“Honestly I just think it was the hunger for the game," Shaw said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "I missed nine months with knee surgery and concussions. I battled back to get back to where I needed to be and just started having fun again. Maybe I’m bigger, stronger, older. I think I’ve been in situations in games so many times that you’re better at reacting to them so I think that maybe that has a little bit to do with it.”

The Blackhawks reacquired Shaw because they've lacked some jam in their game over the past couple seasons. And looking at the other moves GM Stan Bowman has made this summer, it's clear that's an area they prioritized.

Shaw noticed it too and he's excited to see how it'll all come together this coming season.

“I still have to be me," Shaw said. "I still have to go out there and work and compete and bring the energy I’ve always brought. I think it’s the intensity and the love of the game that pushes me to do that so I think it’s something that others feed off of. With a couple other guys they brought in, too, we got a little bit more grit, a little bit more defensive game. I think it’s going to be a really good year.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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