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Blackhawks fall 4-3 in overtime to relentless Jets

Chicago has lost nine of its past 10 games.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks made a spirited comeback against the Jets on Friday, but ultimately lost 4-3 in overtime at the United Center.

Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the game-winner 50 seconds into overtime for Winnipeg’s fourth straight win. Laurent Brossoit made 34 saves.

Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for his second straight multi-point game and Brandon Saad and Duncan Keith each had two assists. Corey Crawford made 28 stops.

After falling behind late in the first period on Scheifele’s power play goal, Toews found the top shelf behind Brossoit to tie it up with 10 seconds left in the opening frame.

Still tied more than halfway through the second period, Saad found Toews on a 2-on-1 breakaway to put the Blackhawks up 2-1. Toews blasted a one-timer by Brossoit for his 16th goal this season.

The Blackhawks wouldn’t leave the period with the lead, however (shocker).

Patrik Laine wristed one past Crawford for his 23rd this season to tie it 2-2. Mathieu Perrault made up for his penalty by racing out of the box and converting a breakaway with 17 seconds left in the second to put the Jets up 3-2.

The Blackhawks received a power play opportunity in the dying minutes in the third period, but midway through it John Hayden was called for high-sticking, making it 4-on-4.

After killing off the penalty, Erik Gustafsson sent the game to overtime with 7 seconds left in regulation in his first game back after missing two contests with an illness.

Crawford made a spectacular stop in overtime on Laine, but Scheifele grabbed the puck then wheeled up the left side and picked the corner to give Winnipeg the overtime victory.

Despite the loss, the Blackhawks played a complete, competitive game against one of the best teams in the NHL. Dominik Kahun had multiple chances playing back on the top line, and Saad was strong in all areas of the game, assisting on Toews’ two goals. After another three-point night, Toews has five goals and four assists in his last seven games.

The Blackhawks play the third game of their four-game homestand Sunday against the Sharks.

3 Thoughts

The will to win is there

Though the wins aren’t going the Blackhawks’ way, you can’t deny the passion is as strong as ever with this group. Patrick Kane diving into the boards Wednesday for an empty-netter, Crawford picking up the pieces of the broken defense, and Toews being the offensive monster we know he can be are all good signs.

Crawford is still Crawford

The records don’t show it, but Crawford might just be the Blackhawks’ most consistent player. Showing up with big saves in moments that matter down the stretch, Crawford is one of the few reasons why this team might not end up at the very bottom of the barrel come April.

Just keep shooting

As the old saying goes, “get pucks to the net, and good things will happen.” If the Blackhawks can keep piling on the shots on goal, one or two are bound to sneak in every once in a while. You can’t win without offense, and the Blackhawks are learning that the hard way this season. Just keep shooting.