10 observations: Hawks squander lead, lose to Golden Knights in OT originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAS VEGAS — The Blackhawks lost Saturday to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime at T-Mobile Arena.
Here are 10 observations of the loss:
1. In 11 career games against Vegas, the Blackhawks are now 2-6-3 with a -16 goal differential. They are yet to beat the Golden Knights at United Center, where they are 0-2-2. Chicago will try to put an end to this slippage on April 27, which is the penultimate game of the season.
2. The Blackhawks seemed poised for a win after leading 3-0 in two periods, but the Golden Knights had other ideas. Peter DeBoer went to the line mixer and the Golden Knight scored three goals in 1:53 to tie the game 3-3 early in the third. The Golden Knights finally claimed victory for the first time in club history as they trailed by three or more goals in the third period. They were 0-57-0 all-time heading into this game.
3. When the front line of Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome were on the ice together at even strength, the Blackhawks led in shot attempts (24-14), shots on goal (14-5), chances of scoring (19-6), high-danger chances (6-2), and goals (2-1), per Natural Stat Trick. The three of them dominated together.
4. On the other hand, when Chicago’s other three lines were on the ice at even strength, the Golden Knights had 20 scoring chances. The Blackhawks had only nine.
5. In total, the Blackhawks gave up 32 scoring opportunities in 5-on-5 action. It’s tied for their second-highest mark of the season. Twelve of them came from high-risk areas.
6. Dominik Kubalik was eliminated healthy Thursday for the first time since his rookie season. He responded by ending his nine-game goalscoring drought, but perhaps more importantly, he looked genuinely involved. He had eight shot attempts (five on goal) and three hits in 16:19 of ice time. He needed this reset.
7. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, the Blackhawks have faced a left-handed goaltender 10 times. They lost nine of those games after falling to another in Logan Thompson. Here’s your weird stat for the day.
8. If you like physical hockey, you’ve got it in this game. The Blackhawks were credited with 46 hits and the Golden Knights with 40. Those are astronomical totals. For reference, the Blackhawks are ranked 11th in hits per 60 minutes at 24.01 and the Golden Knights are 26th at 20.03. Keegan Kolesar led all skaters with 12.
9. From a point percentage perspective, the Golden Knights are currently outside the playoff picture. They’ve faced significant absences, such as Jack Eichel, Robin Lehner, Alec Martinez, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith and Mark Strone, but it’s still crazy to think they could watch the playoffs from home for the first time. times in franchise history. If they find a way to sneak up and get healthy at the right time, I can’t imagine you’d want to lure them in the first round. I don’t know if it’s going to get to that point.
ten. Interim head coach Derek King with the quote of the day as he sat down for his morning pre-game press conference: “Do you have any money left?” Impossible to say if he was wondering how our evening had gone or if he had had trouble at the tables. Nonetheless, another great one-liner.
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