Brent Seabrook scored on the power play to put the Blackhawks up two goals in the first period.
The Blackhawks squandered that lead the rest of the way and watched as Mark Scheifele scored the overtime winner as Chicago lost 3-2 to the Jets on Saturday night at the United Center.
The game started out well, as Robin Lehner, in for his first game, made two quick stops within the first few minutes, and looked comfortable. Calvin de Haan, who was playing in his first game with the Blackhawks, also impressed, and Brendan Perlini figured in for his first game of the season.
The Blackhawks’ special teams were the most impressive part of their game and the reason they opened the game with two goals. Chicago scored a power-play goal from Brent Seabrook and a short-handed goal by Brandon Saad.
The Blackhawks got their first goal about 16 minutes into the game as Ryan Carpenter made an excellent play shorthanded, lifting the stick, getting a possession exit, and then setting up with Saad on a 2-on-1 shorthanded and Saad beat Connor Hellebuyck for the goal.
The power play took longer to get going after Connor Murphy drew a penalty, but eventually the Blackhawks were able to get a good amount of traffic in front of the net and keep the puck in the offensive zone. Seabrook took an aggressive approach, coming up the ice from the blue line, and was able to rip the puck past Hellebuyck (and Andrew Shaw)
The Blackhawks’ second period struggles so far this season continued against the Jets, as the Blackhawks were outshot 11-6, 9-6 at even strength. They also allowed a goal, as the penalty kill allowed Winnipeg to set up their power-play formation and get some shots off, and Nikolaj Ehlers sniped a shot past the short side on Lehner.
Lehner had to make some clutch stops as the team in front of him reverted to a sloppy game, and he came up big. The Blackhawks were lucky to escape the middle frame with just one goal against, especially as Lehner stopped a shot from Mark Scheifele who was all alone and made a sliding save on Jack Roslovic.
The Blackhawks would switch to a conservative approach in the third period, sitting on the one-goal lead. That would hurt the Blackhawks, as an eventual defensive slip up let the Jets tie the game, as Andrew Copp, alone at the side of the goal, tapped in a pass from Connor.
Chicago squandered a two goal lead they shouldn’t have because they stopped doing the thing that worked for them, they stopped being aggressive. They sat on a lead and that hurt them. The Jets would score in overtime to take the win. In a game the Blackhawks should have won.
1. Scheifele (WPG) — GWG, 3 SOG
2. Copp (WPG) - G, 2 SOG
3. Murphy (CHI) - 23:10 TOI, two penalties drawn, zero goals against
The Blackhawks play the third game of their home stand Monday against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.