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3 takeaways from Blackhawks’ 4-2 loss to Sharks

Chicago was outshot and outplayed in San Jose.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks closed out their four-game road trip with a dud in a 4-2 road loss to the Sharks on Tuesday in San Jose.

1. Shots anyone?

If this game was at the United Center a chorus of boos and “shoot” would have rained down from Blackhawks fans. The team only managed three shots on goal midway through the game and didn’t reach double digits in shots the third with a mere 21 shots as the final total. To the Sharks credit, San Jose did block 10 shots with six coming from defensemen. Brandon Saad’s goal with about four minutes remaining in the game kept Chicago from being shut out for the third time in six outings.

The Blackhawks struggled to get the puck out of their own zone and weren’t able to retrieve pucks they dumped into the Sharks’ zone.

2. Top-six goes missing

The Blackhawks need their star forwards to step up to generate more offense. If their fourth line of Andrew Shaw, Ryan Carpenter and Drake Caggiula is the only positive possession line they’re not going to win games. Both Caggiula and Shaw were the only Chicago forwards to post a positive Corsi-For differential at 10 and 21 percent, respectively.

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3. Perfect penalty kill

The Blackhawks’ penalty kill was a bright spot. They were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and limited the Sharks to four shots on goal (one mid-distance, three long-distance) against Robin Lehner during 5-on-4 play.

The three penalties were the fewest the Blackhawks have committed since their first game against the Kings a week ago. The Blackhawks were 15-for-16 on the penalty kill during their four-game road trip, but they need to be more discipline and stay out of the box to increase their chances at winning.

How the Blackhawks fared on the PK during their road trip:

San Jose: 3/3

Anaheim: 3/4

Los Angeles: 4/4

Nashville: 5/5