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Penalty keys Hawks' loss to Edmonton

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Penalty keys Hawks' loss to Edmonton

The Chicago Blackhawks wanted to avenge their ugly 9-2 November loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Instead they had another mistake-riddled game and suffered another loss to them.

Former Blackhawks forward Ben Eager had the game-winning goal, and a Daniel Carcillo five-minute boarding call led to two Oilers goals in their 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks. It was Edmontons first road victory in its last eight games.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette scored, and Jimmy Hayes tallied his first career NHL goal for the Blackhawks, who started off January with a loss and could be without Carcillo for a bit.

Carcillo was whistled for boarding after pushing Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert face-first into the boards. Carcillo, who was given a game misconduct, also injured his left knee on the play. Coach Joel Quenneville said hed know more about Carcillos injury status tomorrow. There could also be more disciplinary action for Carcillo.

Im not going to argue the call (on Carcillo), Quenneville said. He beat him to the counter-hit. It wasnt intent; both guys went for the same type of a play and he beat him, had better position on the guy. Its unfortunate what happened.

Oilers coach Tom Renney said the hit (on Gilbert) speaks for itself and the penalty does as well. I think at least to this point its been addressed and Im hoping that itll be looked into even further.

The Blackhawks faced a five-minute penalty kill and they couldnt come out of it unscathed. Ryan Smyth scored 16 seconds into it and Taylor Hall added another before it ended to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

That kind of changed the momentum of the game, Patrick Kane said. But, you know, theres still no excuse to lose to a team like that. Maybe we just thought we were going to come in and do the same thing they did to us last game. But its not going to happen in the NHL, especially when you have that mindset.

Goaltender Corey Crawford said he shouldve had two of Edmontons goals. Quenneville expressed unhappiness at giving up Andy Suttons goal.

I gave them two goals, Crawford said. A team like that, they thrive on power plays and the more you give them, the more jump and the more energy theyre going to have. It was just a tough one, one we think we shouldve gotten points out of.

Defenseman Duncan Keith said the lengthy power play didnt cost the Blackhawks the game. But it didnt help, either.

We need to do a better job penalty killing there but I dont think thats the reason why we lost, he said. We made a lot of mistakes, and at the end of the day we have to start outworking teams. We need to bear down and kill that off.

Despite that, the Blackhawks still had a chance. Hayes scored late, and the Blackhawks had three power plays in the final 10 minutes of regulation including a double minor high-sticking. But the power play came up empty once again.

Its a tough stretch, said Quenneville of the power play, which is now 1 for 21. Well tweak it and well look at doing different things with different people.

The Blackhawks loss to Edmonton in November was ugly in every way, and especially on the scoreboard. The score wasnt so brutal in Mondays game, but it still wasnt pretty.

In games like this we need to take it upon ourselves, Keith said. Its one game. But for us to get better and to do what we want to do at the end of the season everybody has to try to get better, to be the guy and be the difference.

Four takeaways: Blackhawks on wrong side of history in loss to Lightning

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks on wrong side of history in loss to Lightning

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center on Sunday:

1. Blackhawks on wrong side of history 

Earlier this year the Blackhawks made history by appearing in five straight overtime games to start the season, something no team in NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB history has ever done.

But Sunday they found themselves on the wrong side of it after allowing 33 shots on goal in the second period alone. It tied a franchise high for most given up in a single period — March 4, 1941 vs. Boston — and is the most an NHL team has allowed since 1997-98 when shots by period became an official stat.

"It's pretty rare to be seeing that much work in a period," said Cam Ward, who had a season-high 49 saves. "But oh man, I don't even know what to say to be honest. It's tough. We know that we need to be better especially in our home building, too. And play with some pride and passion. Unfortunately, it seemed like it was lacking at times tonight. The old cliche you lose as a team and overall as a team we weren't good enough tonight."

Said coach Joel Quenneville: "That was a tough, tough period in all aspects. I don’t think we touched the puck at all and that was the part that was disturbing, against a good hockey team."

2. Alexandre Fortin is on the board

After thinking he scored his first career NHL goal in Columbus only to realize his shot went off Marcus Kruger's shin-pad, Fortin made up for it one night later and knows there wasn't any question about this one.

The 21-year-old undrafted forward, playing in his his fifth career game, sprung loose for a breakaway early in the first period and received a terrific stretch pass by Jan Rutta from his own goal line to Fortin, who slid it underneath Louis Domingue for his first in the big leagues. It's his second straight game appearing on the scoresheet after recording an assist against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

"It's fun," Fortin said. "I think it would be a little bit more fun to get your first goal [while getting] two points for your team, but I think we ... just have to [turn the page to the] next chapter and just play and be ready for next game."

3. Brandon Saad's most noticeable game?

There weren't many positives to take away from this game, but Saad was certainly one of them. He had arguably his best game of the season, recording seven shot attempts (three on goal) with two of them hitting the post (one while the Blackhawks were shorthanded).

He was on the ice for 11 shot attempts for and five against at 5-on-5, which was by far the best on his team.

"He started OK and got way better," Quenneville said of Saad. "Had the puck way more, took it to the net a couple of times, shorthanded."

4. Special teams still a work in progress

The Blackhawks entered Sunday with the 29th-ranked power play and 25th-ranked penalty kill, and are still working to get out from the bottom of the league in both departments. In an effort to change up their fortunes with the man advantage, the Blackhawks split up their two units for more balance.

They had four power-play opportunities against Tampa Bay and cashed in on one of them, but it didn't matter as it was too little, too late in the third period — although they did become the first team to score a power-play goal against the Lightning this season (29 chances).

"Whether we're looking for balance or we're just looking for one to get hot, I think our power play has been ordinary so far," Quenneville said before the game. "We need it to be more of a threat."

Four more minor penalties were committed by the Blackhawks, giving them eight in the past two games. That's one way they can shore up the penalty kill, by cutting back on taking them.

Blackhawks tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period

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Blackhawks tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period

Well, things could be going better for the Blackhawks during Sunday's game against the Lightning.

In the second period Sunday, the Blackhawks surrendered 33 shots on goal, tying a franchise record for most in a single period. The previous instance occurred March 4, 1941 against the Boston Bruins, a game that the Blackhawks lost 3-2.

While the Blackhawks tied a franchise record for shots on goal allowed, they actually set an NHL record at the same time. The NHL did not begin recording shots on goal as an "official" statistic until the 1997-98 season.

Consequentially, Sunday's 33 shots on goal allowed in the second period is the "official" record, even though the Blackhawks accomplished the "feat" nearly 80 years ago. Confusing, huh? 

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they also surrendered three goals and scored zero in addition to the plethora of shots on goal allowed. They recorded just six shots on goal in the second period themselves, trailing 4-1 by the time the third period started.