10 sightings: Hawks lose in chippy game to Flyers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Here are 10 observations of the loss:
1. The Blackhawks haven’t won a regular season game in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 1996. They are now 0-15-1 over that streak. According to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, interim head coach Derek King mentioned the stat in his pregame speech and jokingly reminded his team that he was playing in the league that year. How long has it been.
2. This match was strangely spicy between two teams that don’t see each other often. They combined for 60 hits (Chicago had 33, Philadelphia had 27) and 26 penalty minutes (Chicago had 18, Philadelphia had 10). Three penalties were called after Cam Atkinson’s only goal to make it 2-2 as a scrum ensued and eight of the penalties came in the third period, where things went off the rails.
3. Kevin Connauton left the game in the third period after taking a hit from Kirby Dach and it obviously got a big reaction as no penalty was called. Here’s how I saw it: Dach prepares to field Connauton when he stands up straight, but his body angle changes once the puck is released, and it looks like Connauton made things worse by trying to get out of the way path. It’s an unfortunate result that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will surely look into, but I’m not sure anything major will come of it.
4. This game should also be reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety. In one of many third period scrums, Travis Sanheim tried to elbow the head of a helmetless Alex DeBrincat on the ice. Sanheim is lucky DeBrincat wasn’t seriously injured, but it shouldn’t take one to warrant extra discipline on a play like this. Dangerous.
5. It wasn’t an ideal start for the Blackhawks, who spent most of the first period. They had just three shots on goal in the first 14 minutes of action and fell 1-0 down when Oskar Lindblom redirected Sanheim’s shot from the point at 4:46. It was only the 14th time this season that the Flyers held a lead after one period.
6. Dylan Strome, who lost his man on the Flyers’ opening goal, redeemed himself by finding the back of the net twice to end a seven-game drought. He also finished with six shots on goal to tie his season high having had nine shots on goal in his previous seven games.
7. I counted at least two egregious missed calls that went against the Blackhawks, who didn’t have a single power play in the first two periods and finished with just one in a game that had 13 penalties. Dominik Kubalik was punched in the face by Justin Braun midway through the first period which eventually led to a 2-on-1 rush chance for the Flyers, then Patrick Kane was tripped by Sanheim in the latter stages of the second period shortly before the Flyers tied the game at 2-2.
8. Kevin Lankinen hasn’t been able to get into a rhythm this season for a variety of reasons, most of which are beyond his control. He needs a confidence-building release soon.
9. DeBrincat scored his 31st goal of the season, but Jonathan Toews made the game possible by winning the tie in no time. He returned the puck with that right skate and seconds later the puck was in the back of the net.
ten. The Flyers won only their second game of the season as they trailed after two periods. They were 1-23-4 in such situations heading into Saturday for a .036 winning percentage, which was last in the NHL.
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