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Blackhawks vs. Devils final score 2015: New Jersey season sweeps Chicago with 3-2 win

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The Blackhawks are back to the drawing board after a lackluster loss to the Devils on Thursday night.

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The Chicago Blackhawks got beat by the New Jersey Devils for the second time in six days with a 3-2 loss on Thursday night. The game concludes a season sweep of the Hawks by New Jersey, which isn't exactly how we envisioned Chicago would handle one of the Eastern Conference's non-elite teams.

Patrick Kane came out firing yet again for the Hawks and scored a goal on the power play -- his 11th of the season -- to give the team an early lead. The second period would see Chicago blow the lead, however, as Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri scored goals to put the Devils ahead 2-1.

New Jersey had a really tough time establishing quality possession in the offensive zone early on, especially to begin the first and second periods. The Hawks took sizable shot advantages to start each period, yet the results were significantly different. Henrique and Palmieri's goals weren't exactly eye-poppers, either. That period wasn't exactly the best one for goaltender Corey Crawford.

The Hawks would keep pushing in the third period and eventually tie the game off an impressive shot on a tough angle by Artemi Panarin. The Russian rookie beat Cory Schneider off a pass from Erik Gustafsson to tie the game, 2-2, and seemingly tilt things back in Chicago's favor. Given the team's dominance at home most of this season, surely the Hawks would be able to finish this one off against New Jersey, right?

Not so. A Kane penalty minutes after the Panarin goal gave the Devils a power play and quickly after that Sergey Kalinin scored off a rebound for the game-winner. A late rally by Chicago after pulling Crawford for the 6-on-5 advantage didn't yield anything as the buzzer sounded in defeat.

The Blackhawks drop to 8-7-1 this season with the loss. The Devils improve to 9-6-1.


Kane's scoring run won't stop

The Blackhawks finally gave Patrick Kane a reliable duo of forwards to partner with this season and he's rewarded them with point after point. Kane now leads the NHL in both goals (11) and points (25) after adding one of each in the loss Thursday night. He's currently on pace for 128 points this season and could potentially take a run at the franchise single-season record of 131 set by Denis Savard in 1987-88. At the very least, Kane seems positioned to join Savard, Bobby Hull, Jeremy Roenick and Steve Larmer as the only Hawks to reach 100 points in a season, which would be an impressive accomplishment on its own.

Corey's gone cold

Corey Crawford is a fantastic goalie who admittedly goes through some hot and cold stretches. After posting a .938 save percentage through his first nine starts, the wheels have come off for Chicago's starting goaltender since then. Three of Crawford's last four starts have been terrible, including allowing three goals in just 22 shots against New Jersey on Thursday night. Even including the 34-of-36 effort against the Oilers last Sunday, Crawford still has a save percentage of just 86 percent over the past four games. Scott Darling hasn't been great this season, either, and at a certain point, we're going to have to admit the goaltending isn't living up to expectations right now.

A one-line team

That's what the Blackhawks are right now. It doesn't seem to matter how Joel Quenneville shuffles the names in the lineup. The only line producing is the trio of Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. The rest of the forwards are more or less leaving that group to shoulder a load that's practically impossible to live up to. Kane is the league leader in scoring and Panarin is the scoring leader among rookies, yet the Hawks' offense still hasn't taken a leap this season because it's lost so much elsewhere. I'm not even sure what you do from here -- something needs to get that third line going -- but one-line teams don't go far in the NHL. The Hawks surely know this and will keep working to find answers.