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Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ ‘embarrassing’ 7-1 loss to Devils

Chicago was outscored 4-0 in the second period, couldn’t convert on the power play and continued its losing ways prior to the holiday break.

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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.

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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.

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.