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Blackhawks burned 8-5 by Devils in 4th straight loss

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New Jersey scores five second-period goals.

Chicago Blackhawks v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Blackhawks allowed seven goals for the fifth time this season and lost their fourth straight game, 8-5 to the Devils on Monday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to six games with two goals and two assists for the Blackhawks. Kane’s team-leading 27 goals tie his goal total from last season. It was also the eighth consecutive game Kane skated more than 21 minutes.

Cam Ward allowed six goals on 25 shots in two periods, and rookie Collin Delia made 14 saves on 15 shots in relief.

How it Happened

Slater Koekkoek made his Blackhawks debut since being acquired from the Lightning for Jan Rutta. He only played 12:27 minutes, had two shots, and was a minus-1. Chris Kunitz sat out as the Blackhawks rolled out seven defensemen.

The Hawks went to their first power play with 15:52 left in the first period. Kane tried to show the penalty killers something different by switching with Dylan Strome down low at the start of the man advantage. Strome had a chance to get the puck on net from the high slot, but elected to pass to Kane at the goal line.

Near the end of the Hawks’ second power play, Dominik Kahun threw a pass out of Duncan Keith’s reach at blue line just as Blake Coleman was stepping out of the penalty box. Coleman buried his 15th goal of the season on the resulting breakaway for a 1-0 lead.

On the Hawks’ third power play, Jonathan Toews stepped into the offensive zone and drew two New Jersey defenders to him on the wall. Toews slipped the puck to Kane, who was driving to the net and snapped a goal short-side on MacKenzie Blackwood.

The Devils pushed back almost immediately after Kane’s goal. Kyle Palmieri was able to sneak behind Koekkoek at the blue line during a neutral zone regroup by the Devils, and went upstairs on Ward to regain the lead.

After a Perlini trip in the offensive zone, Palmieri scored on the resulting power play by squeaking a soft shot through a Brian Boyle screen.

During a breakout out of the Devils zone, Miles Wood picked up a bouncing puck off the wall in the neutral zone with tons of speed. He then flew right by Erik Gustafsson and tried to stuff a shot five hole. Ward slid out of the crease and Travis Zajac tapped the puck into the wide open net for his 11th goal of the season.

The second period disaster continued for the Hawks after Toews took a penalty near the end of the Hawks’ fourth power play. After the 4-on-4 ended, Sami Vatanen was able to keep in multiple clearing attempts by the Hawks’ penalty killers. Vatanen then ended up with a one-timer opportunity from the high slot and beat Ward for his fourth goal of the season.

Three minutes after the Vatanen goal, Drew Stafford picked up a bouncing puck that Brett Seney hoisted over Gustafsson in the neutral zone. Stafford skated right by the flat-footed Gustafsson and Ward made a huge stop, but the puck ricocheted to Kevin Rooney in the high slot. Rooney scored his first career NHL goal to put the Devils up 6-1.

Following the sixth goal by the Devils, Kane decided to take over for a shift. He found some open space by the face-off dot and one-timed a pass from Jokiharju through Blackwood for his second goal of the game.

A mere 42 seconds later, Kane picked up the puck after a sloppy play by the Devils in their own zone and threaded a pass to Seabrook in the low slot. In one motion, Seabrook cradled the pass and picked a corner for his fifth goal of the season and 100th career NHL tally.

After two periods, Kane had already played 20:28 minutes and registered three points.

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton pulled Ward during the second intermission for Collin Delia. During a shift where the Hawks were running around in their own zone, Brett Seney — Delia’s former college teammate at Merrimack College — buried a slick pass from Jesper Bratt circling out of the corner to make it 7-3 Devils.

The Hawks showed some life right after the Seney goal when Carl Dahlstrom stole a clearing attempt by Zajac and swung a pass to a wide open Kahun in the high slot. Kahun rifled it home for seventh goal of the season to cut the lead to three again.

Late in the third period, Kane took a rebound that flopped to his stick behind the net and found Saad out front. Saad settled the pass down and went top shelf on the short-side for his 13th goal of the season. Kane earned his fourth point of the game with the assist.

Down by two goals with less than two minutes to play, Colliton pulled Delia for an extra attacker. Toews forced a puck up a crowded wall that made its way to Coleman flying the zone. He put home the empty netter for his second of the game and 16th of the season to ice the game for the Devils.

The Hawks have three days off to regroup before they visit the Rangers at 6 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.