The Blackhawks allowed seven unanswered goals in a 7-1 loss to the Devils on Monday at the United Center. Chicago (15-17-6) sits in last place in the Central Division with a minus-19 goal differential after 38 games.
Early period goals, blasted in the second period
Chicago entered the game with three goals in the first minute of a period in their past two games, but it was New Jersey that scored two goals in the opening minute of a period Monday. P.K. Subban ended his 23-game goal drought 51 seconds into the second with a blast from the point for a 2-1 lead, and Blake Coleman scored 18 seconds into the third to make it 5-1. The game was lost long before Coleman’s goal as the Blackhawks were outscored 4-0 and outshot 23-8 in the second period.
So many penalties
The Blackhawks and Devils combined for 44 penalty minutes, including 34 in the first period.
Both teams failed to capitalize as the Devils were 0-for-3 and the Blackhawks were 0-for-7 on the power play. Chicago even allowed a shorthanded goal to Travis Zajac at 17:22 of the second period 35 seconds into a power play opportunity.
Chicago is 0-for-10 on the man advantage in two straight games, and 1-for-14 in its past four games.
A losing holiday tradition
There are a lot of traditions associated with the holiday season, and the Blackhawks have their own as well — losing the game before the holiday break. Chicago is now winless in six straight games (0-5-1) before the break.
Blackhawks games heading into Christmas break:— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 24, 2019
2019: Losing 5-1
2018: L 6-3
2017: L 4-1
2016: L 2-1 (OT)
2015: L 4-0
2014: L 5-1
Oddly enough the last time the Blackhawks won their final game before the break was against the Devils with a 5-2 home victory Dec. 23, 2013.
The feeling in the Blackhawks’ dressing room has shifted from frustration to annoyance.
"It's embarrassing...Pretty tough all around."— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) December 24, 2019
Emotions are running high for the #Blackhawks captain after tonight's 7-1 loss. pic.twitter.com/3SQyWnk3kv