10 observations: Blackhawks' winning streak comes to end originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Friday at PNC Arena and had their winning streak snapped at three games.
Here are 10 observations from the loss:
1. The Blackhawks showed some grit by tying things up at 2-2 after falling behind 2-0, but the Hurricanes were clearly the better team and dictated the pace for the majority of the game. This was the first time the Blackhawks lost by more than one goal since Jan. 17, which was a span of 15 games.
2. The Blackhawks had no answer for the Sebastian Aho, Brock McGinn and Teuvo Teravainen line. The trio led in shot attempts (21-7), shots on goal (12-4), scoring chances (11-4) and high-danger chances (5-0) in 11:52 of 5-on-5 ice time, according to Natural Stat Trick.
3. Two days after Philipp Kurashev scored a highlight-reel goal in Detroit, Patrick Kane did the same in Carolina by channeling his inner Denis Savard with a ridiculous spin-o-rama goal.
4. Only 3:10 after Kane put the Blackhawks on the board, Ian Mitchell scored his second goal of the season with 10.5 seconds left in the middle frame to tie things up at 2-2. It was a huge momentum after the Hurricanes controlled the pace of play for the first 16 minutes of the period, but the Blackhawks couldn't build on that in the third period.
5. Nino Niederreiter scored the first goal of the game and got some help on it. His shot was going wide but the puck went off Nikita Zadorov's leg and in, which explains why Lankinen didn't react to the shot.
6. The Hurricanes also got a little help on their third goal. Martin Necas was credited with the tally, but it was Calvin de Haan who inadvertently batted the puck into his own net. Two unfortunate breaks.
7. The Blackhawks' power play has cooled off. They recorded only one scoring chance on two opportunities against the Hurricanes before cashing in on their third in the final minute of regulation when the game was out of reach. The Blackhawks were 1-for-9 on the power play over their last four games prior to that goal.
8. One of the players the Blackhawks are really missing on the power play is Andrew Shaw. He was a puck retrieval machine and they haven't been able to fill his void. Ryan Carpenter was given a crack on the first unit in this game but it didn't result in any success. The first unit, as a whole, has had a tough time generating chances.
9. The Blackhawks have been inconsistent at the faceoff dot as of late. They lost 49.1 percent of their draws on Friday, although that was to be expected because the Hurricanes are the second-best faceoff team in the league. Here's a look at the Blackhawks' faceoff percentage on a per-game basis over their last seven contests: 50.0, 39.6, 52.7, 64.7 44.4, 31.9 and 49.1.
10. The Blackhawks killed off all six penalties over their last three games but went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill against the Hurricanes, who won the special teams battle.