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Four takeaways: Blackhawks squander two-goal lead in overtime loss to Jets

Four takeaways: Blackhawks squander two-goal lead in overtime loss to Jets

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on Saturday:

1. Squandering a two-goal lead

For the second straight home game, the Blackhawks jumped out in front and even built an early cushion by scoring the first two goals in the opening frame. But they allowed the Jets to score three unanswered, including the overtime winner by Mark Scheifele, to remain winless on the season (0-2-1).

"We did a good job in the first and they took it to us in the second," said Brandon Saad, who scored a shorthanded goal. "Lehnny made some big saves and the third was kind of even. But we definitely had chances to close it out and we didn’t. At least we got a point and we have to move on from it."

2. Another lackluster second period

If there's one thing you can point to that's been a trend in all three games so far, it's that the Blackhawks have been lackluster in the second period. And it's difficult to pinpoint why.

In the middle frame, the Blackhawks have 10 scoring chances for and 35 against at 5-on-5, two high-danger chances for and 10 against at 5-on-5 and a minus-19 shot differential, according to Natural Stat Trick. That's an area of the game they're trying to clean up and has been the downfall to their attempts of putting together a full 60-minute effort.

"Obviously it's been three in a row where we haven't been very good in the second period and to me that's where you show how good you are," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "The best teams, they dominate the second period, so it's a point of emphasis for us. We'd like to control the tempo of the game and control the territory, out-chance the other team. That's where you show how good you are, so we're not close to where we want to be in that area."

3. Robin Lehner's debut

After going two weeks without game action, the Blackhawks gave the nod to Lehner, who went into Saturday with a 4-0-0 record, 2.76 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in five career games against the Jets. He took the loss, but certainly did his part to deserve a win.

In regulation, Lehner stopped 30 of 32 shots for a save percentage of .938. The first goal was on the power play, the second came at 5-on-5 when Andrew Copp found himself all alone in front and the third was in overtime during 3-on-3 action. His 5-on-5 save percentage was .962, which will definitely work.

"I felt good," Lehner said. "I felt like I saw the puck well. I thought rebound control was good. Again, the first one is unfortunate, it squeaks through. But I was where I wanted to be in position and somehow it goes in. Gotta try to clean that up. And the third goal, it just dove on me. He missed his shot. It’s unfortunate. But I thought I made some good saves and felt comfortable. We got a point, which is something, but should’ve got a win today."

4. Penalty kill shows improvement

The Blackhawks gave up a power-play goal for the third consecutive contest, but this was close to being a perfect night for the penalty kill. They went 3-for-4 and gave up only four shots on goal in the 7:38 of shorthanded time.

On the first Jets power play of the night, Saad scored a shorthanded goal for his first of the season and the Blackhawks later generated two more scoring chances before the two minutes expired.

The power-play goal against should've been stopped by Lehner but he did everything right and had the shortside sealed, the puck just found a mini hole. The Blackhawks responded with a big kill and had one late in the third period also. No complaints.

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Instant reaction: Blackhawks pick up point against Jets but remain winless

Instant reaction: Blackhawks pick up point against Jets but remain winless

FINAL SCORE:

Jets 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Snap judgments:

— For the second straight game the Blackhawks scored the first goal and were the better team in the first period. And for the second straight game they couldn't hold down the fort and remain winless through three games (0-2-1). 

— The Blackhawks won the first and third periods. It was the second period again where things went a little sideways, which has been an early theme this season. The Jets generated eight scoring chances at 5-on-5 compared to the Blackhawks' two in the middle frame, according to Natural Stat Trick.

— The Blackhawks have allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their first three games, but this was easily the best penalty kill performance of the season. They were 3-for-4 on the night and scored a shorthanded goal on the very first opportunity, generating several scoring chances on it. 

Three stars:

1. Jets C Mark Scheifele — Overtime winner, three shots on goal and two takeaways in 22:16 of ice time

2. Jets RW Nikolaj Ehlers — One goal, one assist and five shot attempts (two on goal) in 16:46 of ice time

3. Blackhawks LW Brandon Saad — Shorthanded goal, one shot on goal, one hit and three takeaways in 16:06 of ice time

Must-see highlights:

— Saad's shorthanded goal for his first of the season

— Seabrook's 101st career NHL goal

— Robin Lehner's two-pad stack

— Scheifele's overtime winner

What's next:

The Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Jets claim Carl Dahlstrom off waivers from Blackhawks

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Jets claim Carl Dahlstrom off waivers from Blackhawks

PRAGUE — The Blackhawks have their seven defensemen locked in for Opening Day, but they lost one on Tuesday when Carl Dahlstrom was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets.

With Slater Koekkoek winning the seventh defenseman spot, Dahlstrom was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks on Monday morning and was expected to be assigned to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs if he cleared. Instead, the Jets — who most notably lost defensemen Ben Chiarot, Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba this offseason, along with the uncertainty surrounding Dustin Byfuglien — took a flyer on the 24-year-old Swedish blue liner as they look to patch up their depth.

Dahlstrom was among the NHL’s defensemen leaders in defensive zone starts last season, but the Blackhawks don’t like sitting two defensemen every night and both Dahlstrom and Koekkoek couldn’t be sent down without having to go through waivers. It ended up being Dahlstrom, with the final 23-man rosters due on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Fortunately for the Blackhawks, it’s already a crowded blue line in Rockford with Nicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist, Dennis Gilbert and Chad Krys all likely to play top-four roles so organizationally this doesn’t hurt them too much.

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