• Jack P.

Blackhawks Lose in a High-scoring Game

When the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet up in any game they are always very competitive and very high-scoring games. Because of the different divisions last year the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets ended up in the same division. They played each other eight times last year and their second meeting of this season was last night. Arvid Soderblom would make his second career start in his rookie season and with the Hawks coming off of a great game in Winnipeg where they beat the Jets by a score of 3-1 with an all-around team effort, we would get to see if they can keep the momentum going.

First Period

Everyone was expecting a quick start in this one based off of past experience and that is exactly what happened. The Blue Jackets were able to draw a penalty and get on a power play only seven minutes into the game. The Blackhawks penalty kill has struggled in the past month after a lot of ups and downs and they put themselves in another hole early. Jakuk Voracek shot one from the right faceoff circle that hit Soderblom right in the chest and he gave up a big rebound to Boone Jenner who was standing right in the crease. It would be an easy tap-in goal for him which put Columbus up 1-0.

Only thirteen seconds later the Jackets put the pressure on once again and Yegor Chinakov sniped one on the short side, right past Soderblom to give Columbus a 2-0 lead and It seemed like Soderblom's confidence went right down the drain after a shaky start. But everyone knows a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey and there was still a ton of time left for the Hawks to come back in this one. Now the Blackhawks went on the power play and they were able to capitalize. It was Philipp Kurashev who received a great pass from Dominik Kubalik and he easily redirected it right past Merzlikins. This gave the Hawks a ton of confidence and then Ryan Carpenter scored his first of the year to tie the game. Brett Connolly set him up and Carpenter found himself on a breakaway and he made no mistake. Then, with about three minutes to go in the first, Max Domi broke the tie and put the Blue Jackets up by one going into the second period.

Second Period

Just eight second into the second period Boone Jenner had a shot from a tough angle that squeaked in on Soderblom and he allowed another tough goal. Now the deficit was two and it was going to take another effort to even up the score once again. Most of the period the pace was very slow and the checking was tight so there was not a lot of offense generated. Seth Jones was playing against his former team and he hit the post twice on one shot and it did not go in. He was part of the Adam Boqvist trade so he was making his first start back in Chicago. He is still a very young player with major potential on both sides of the puck.

Then with two minutes left in the second, the Blackhawks got a much needed goal from Mackenzie Entwistle. The shot came from the point, which was Calvin De Haan, and the puck found Entwistle after it hit numerous bodies in front and then he was able to bury it. The Blackhawks would go into the final period down by one.

Third Period

It was a slow start to the third, much like the second period, but eventually the Blue Jackets got back to their two goal lead. Right off the faceoff Patrik Laine sniped one right past Soderblom who had no chance of stopping that one. The young sniper has been doing that for years now and continues to be a great goal-scorer. There was just eleven minutes left and it looked like the back and forth game was going to come to an end but then Patrick Kane set up Alex Debrincat (we have seen this many times) from behind the net and Debrincat pounced on his own rebound to get the Hawks back within one. Patrick Kane tied Denis Savard for second in Blackhawks franchise history in assists with 719. The great career for Patrick Kane continues as he keeps getting more and more milestones. But another rebound goal allowed by Soderblom would kill the Hawks and put them down by two goals once again. The score was now 6-4 and the Blackhawks would not come back and lose by a score of 7-4 after Patrik Laine finished off his ninth career hat-trick.

The Blackhawks do have an opportunity to bounce back tonight against the Dallas Stars but that means they have to play on back to back nights. Lukas Reichel was recalled earlier today and he will be in the lineup tonight. There was an optional morning skate today and Jonathan Toews got some skating in since he's missed the past two weeks due to a concussion. With the trade deadline looming, the Blackhawks will most likely be going into sell mode. A new name being rumored is Brandon Hagel as some insiders say that teams are offering a first-round pick and a high-end prospect for Hagel. Hopefully the Blackhawks come out on top tonight (UPDATE: THEY DIDN'T) and we will see what they are able to do in the upcoming games.

-Jack P. (IG: @jackpolkow / Twitter: @polkowjack)

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