WINNIPEG – Their swing through Canada over the last week ended just a disappointingly as it began in the same place seven days earlier.
For the most part, the team had no luck during their five games against Western Conference foes away from home, and that was never more the case on Sunday night.
On three separate shots by the Jets, the puck was deflected by some on their team or the Blackhawks, and these tries all found their way into the back of the net for scores. It would prove to be the difference in Winnipeg’s 3-2 victory at Bell MTS Place, providing a fitting end to a very difficult road trip for Jeremy Colliton’s team.
Starting with a loss against the Jets last Sunday in which they dropped a 2-0 lead, the Blackhawks dropped four-of-five games on the swing and only came away with the two points they got Saturday night against the Flames.
That’s not what they needed as they continue to chase a spot in the Western Conference playoff race, as they remain six points back of the Coyotes for the last Wild Card spot.
As they did in four of the five games on this road trip, the Blackhawks were able to grab a lead as Ryan Carpenter’s third goal of the year put the team on top after one period. Then the bad luck settled in during the second period, with Mason Appleton and Jack Roslovic each getting their stick on long shots and deflecting them past Corey Crawford to give Winnipeg the lead.
The Blackhawks first responded to the bad luck well, as Patrick Kane notches his second goal in as many nights in the final minute of the second period to tie it at two. But the misfortune struck again in the third as Nathan Beaulieu’s shot from near the blue line was deflected by Alex DeBrincat and past Crawford for another go-ahead goal.
But this time, the Blackhawks had no response, as a disappointing road trip ends where it started with the same result.