The Blackhawks picked up their first point of the season but are still searching for their first win after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Panthers on Tuesday night.
It’s the fourth straight game the Blackhawks have allowed five goals, but this time it took until overtime and they also four themselves.
For the fourth straight game, the Blackhawks allowed the first goal, with Carter Verhaege and Patric Hornqvist each scoring to put Florida ahead 2-0 late in the opening period. Those two goals came just 2:51 apart.
Dominik Kubalik scored a power play goal just before the first intermission to make it a 2-1 game:
Verhaege scored his second goal of the night early in the second period, tapping home a loose puck after an Anthony Duclair breakaway while the Blackhawks were caught in a bad change.
About five minutes later, the Blackhawks got another power play opportunity and Kubalik scored his second goal of the game and the season:
With time winding down in the second, Kane took a shift with Kubalik and Dylan Strome, resulting in Kane drawing a penalty shot. Kane was unsuccessful, though, moving his career mark in penalty shots to 0-for-4.
However, Kane would come back later in the period to make it a 3-3 game with this bad-angle backhand goal:
Philipp Kurashev broke the tie with a wrist shot past Bobrovsky, the first goal of Kurashev’s career on a relatively soft goal allowed by Bobrovsky that made it a 4-3 Chicago lead:
That was Chicago’s first lead of the season. It lasted 71 seconds. The Blackhawks went back to the PK after Kurashev’s goal and Keith Yandle tied the game for the Panthers.
Hopes of Chicago’s first win of the season were snuffed out in overtime. After a great save from Kevin Lankinen on a 3-on-1 kept Chicago alive, Florida’s Frank Vatrano picked up a pass from Aleksander Barkov and snuck it past Lankinen, who was caught at the opposite post:
- The power play has now scored five goals in four games, a far cry from last year’s 28th-ranked unit. Some of that is due to a strong net-front presence, but some of it is due to Chicago’s goal-scorers being goal-scorers. Kubalik and Alex DeBrincat have two power play goals apiece.
- Brandon Hagel made his second NHL appearance in this game, coming in for Matthew Highmore. He didn’t seem to have a problem getting to the high-danger area, although he was only credited with one shot attempt.
- Kurashev showed a lot of speed through the neutral zone and drives the play whenever he’s on the ice. He plays well in his own end and showed that he can score as well. There’s a lot to like about the rookie so far this season, and he was showing up on the ice even before he scored his first career goal despite playing a team-low 9:58.
- Jeremy Colliton’s line blender seems to kick in at the wrong times. The Blackhawks were seeing a lot of great play from the Kubalik-Strome-Kurashev line (in 4:07, the line had a 74.97 percent expected goal share) and then Colliton turned on the blender. Whatever line Kubalik and Kurashev were on still seemed to drive possession, however, so maybe they’re just good at hockey. Who knows?
- Adam Boqvist, after being benched in the second period of Sunday’s game, was good to begin this one. He missed much of the second period with an injury:
But he also came back for the third period and ended the game with an assist on Kurashev’s goal.
- Ian Mitchell looked impressive throughout the night, making important defensive plays like the one below and also had time on the penalty kill:
- Kevin Lankinen had perhaps the best goaltending performance the Blackhawks have seen so far this season, despite allowing five goals. Some of those he’d like to have back, sure, but with the Blackhawks’ porous defense, a goaltender can only do so much. For his debut performance, Lankinen’s .852 save percentage and some highlight saves may get him a look against the Red Wings.
- Carl Soderberg is expected to be ready to join the lineup for Friday’s game against the Red Wings. The question may become who he replaces, if anyone.
- Dominik Kubalik (CHI) — 2 goals, 1 assist
- Carter Verhaege (FLA) — 2 goals
- Frank Vatrano (FLA) — GWG
The Blackhawks return to Chicago for Friday’s home opener against the Red Wings at 7 p.m.