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.