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Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ 6-5 loss to Blues

Chicago scored three power-play goals in a game for the first time this season, but defensive breakdowns led to a loss.

NHL: FEB 25 Blackhawks at Blues

The Blackhawks allowed four third-period goals in a 6-5 loss to the Blues on Tuesday at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Chicago has lost four of its past five and is 10 of 13 (3-8-2) since a five-game winning streak. The Blackhawks trail Nashville, Winnipeg and Arizona by eight points for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Power-play surge

With Duncan Keith’s 100th career NHL goal, the Blackhawks have scored a power-play goal in three consecutive games. Before this stretch they were a dismal 0-for-17 on the power play in six games.

Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad also scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, respectively. It was the first time all season the Blackhawks have scored three power-play goals in a game, and the second time they’ve scored at least two in a game (5-2 win Nov. 7 against Vancouver).

Note: Kane extended his point streak to six games (three goals, six assists) and Keith extended his point/assist streak to four games (one goal, five assists).

Faceoff wins lead to possession, goals

Chicago’s first four goals started with faceoff wins by Jonathan Toews and David Kampf. Toews won draws for the first three goals — two in the offensive zone and the third at center ice to start the second period — and Kampf had a defensive-zone draw win for Chicago to gain possession for Matthew Highmore’s goal.

Kampf and Toews both finished above 50 percent on faceoff draws, with the former at 62.5 percent (5-for-8) and the latter at 64 percent (16-for-25).

Defensive breakdowns

Chicago allowed six goals in the game with a few as a result of defensive breakdowns or poor defensive play.

First goal: Keith left Brayden Schenn wide open at the right circle.

Second goal: David Perron sent a pass from the right point all the way through the zone the front of the net for Robert Thomas, who scored. Kampf and Connor Murphy both left Thomas open.

Third and fourth goals: The Blues scored two goals in 16 seconds to take a 4-3 lead in the third period. Jaden Schwartz stole Ryan Carpenter’s pass to Kane in the neutral zone then Carpenter didn’t hustle back fast enough to break up Schenn’s pass to Ryan O’Reilly, who scored on the play. On the fourth goal, Olli Maatta turned the puck over and Zac Sanford capitalized. Corey Crawford took responsibility for the goal.

Fifth goal: Toews lost a faceoff to O’Reilly, who stayed on the puck despite Maatta’s hard checking then Justin Faulk hammered a one-timer from the point off Slater Koekkoek’s right leg into the net. Crawford didn’t see the shot well as he was screened by Schwartz and Toews in front.

Sixth goal: Maatta’s clearing attempt in front of the net went off Carpenter’s right skate to Thomas then Sanford scored with a low shot past Crawford’s blocker side.