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Blackhawks get dominated by Devils in 7-1 loss

New Jersey collected 42 shots and 24 high-danger scoring chances.

New Jersey Devils v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks got outworked and dominated by the Devils in a 7-1 loss Monday at United Center.

Chicago went 0-for-7 on the power play and New Jersey scored seven straight goals, including a short-handed goal.

Defenseman Adam Boqvist didn’t return to the game after injuring his right shoulder early in the first period, but Jeremy Colliton called it “minor” after the game:

How it Happened

Early in the first period the Blackhawks were awarded their first of seven power play chances after Jesper Boqvist high sticked his younger Brother Adam Boqvist, but Chicago couldn’t complete passes, had a hard time setting up and failed to convert.

Not much later, the Blackhawks opened the scoring on a fourth line shift by the Zack Smith - David Kampf - Matthew Highmore line. Highmore got the puck down low on a cycle and snapped a pass to Kampf in the low slot who was robbed twice by MacKenzie Blackwood. Smith picked up the rebound from Kampf’s second shot and buried a wraparound:

The rest of the opening period was filled with physicality, chippy play and nine more penalties.

Dennis Gilbert dropped the gloves with former Blackhawks forward John Hayden after Gilbert obliterated Miles Wood near the offensive zone blue line:

Then Chicago couldn’t convert on two more power plays and Jack Hughes sniped Corey Crawford to tie the game 1-1 after a failed defensive zone exit:

Near the end of the first period, the Blackhawks had 17 seconds on a 5-on-3, but Alex DeBrincat’s backdoor one-timer was robbed by Blackwood’s blocker.

The second period was a disaster. The Devils scored four straight goals, had 11 high danger scoring chances and completely outworked the Blackhawks like on this Damon Severson goal:

Corey Crawford was pulled after the Devils fourth goal and Robin Lehner took over with 9:20 to go in middle frame.

New Jersey scored three more times with Lehner in net. Their sixth goal was from Blake Coleman on the first shift of the third period who was sprung on a breakaway after Severson found a hole in the Blackhawks neutral zone coverage:

A disappointing and extremely frustrating response to an impressive two game road trip and comeback against the Avalanche.

Game Charts

Puck possession game flow (5-on-5)
Natural Stat Trick
Shot heat map (All situations)
Natural Stat Trick

Three Stars

1. Damon Severson (NJ) - One goal, three assists, two blocks

2. Nikita Gusev (NJ) - Three assists

3. MacKenzie Blackwood (NJ) - 32 saves on 33 shots

What’s next?

The Blackhawks host the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. Friday at United Center.