10 comments: Blackhawks rally to force overtime but fall to Rangers for sixth straight loss

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The Chicago Blackhawks forced overtime but fell to the New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday at the United Center for their sixth straight loss of the new season.

Here are 10 thoughts from the loss:

1. The Blackhawks went ahead 3-1 in the third period and were outscored 28-19 at that point. The Rangers took their foot off the gas and the Blackhawks took advantage by scoring two goals in the final frame, including the tying goal with 1:02 left in regulation. Scoring three goals felt like six for the Blackhawks.

2. Jason Dickinson’s goal off Seth Jones’ shot from the point late in the third was the first time the extra attacker had scored all season. At last! Unfortunately the Blackhawks couldn’t come back in overtime.

3. Most of the action came in the second half of the third period in the first game, where the Rangers led 2-1 through 20 minutes. Things also got pretty quick between two teams that don’t often face each other, including Igor Shesterkin throwing some punches at Nick Foligno. I hope we see more of that intensity over the next two periods.

4. The Blackhawks had just one shot on goal in the first period on Wednesday. They had eight hits in the opening frame of this game but it was a better showing. Alex Vlasic opened the scoring with his second goal of the campaign. This was the ninth goal by a defender from Chicago this season.

5. The Blackhawks committed three penalties in the first period. They were also penalized just 1:23 into the second period. These distractions prevented the Blackhawks from getting any kind of momentum going offensively.

6. The Blackhawks killed three more penalties. Since January 5, they are 36-for-41 on the penalty kill for a success rate of 87.8 percent, which ranks 3rd in the NHL over that span. It has been one of the few bright spots in the last month.

7. If this play doesn’t sum up the Blackhawks season so far, I don’t know what will. Boris Katchouk lost a skate in the first period and Isaak Phillips had to push him back to the Chicago bench. Seconds later, a 2-on-1 followed and the Rangers capitalized.

8. Taylor Raddysh was moved to the third line from the first line, where he had been playing for a few weeks. I thought it was much more prominent in this game – especially on the penalty kill – but nothing to show for it on the scoresheet. He’s only on eight goals and 18 points after scoring 20 goals and 37 points last season.

9. The Blackhawks had a rare positive night at the front circle. Mackenzie Entwistle led the way in the percentage column with six wins in seven attempts. Dickinson had a team-high 24 draws and won 13 of them.

10. A fire broke out overnight at The Palace Grill on West Madison St., a Chicago staple and Blackhawks favorite. Luckily no one was hurt but the interior was badly damaged. Sending my best to beloved owner George Lemperis and hope to see them back in action in no time.

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