CHICAGO – It was a pretty rough end to the month of November for the Blackhawks, but playing a little extra hockey helped the team to get things going at the start of December.
They got one of their biggest wins of the year in overtime against the Bruins on Thursday, then followed it up with a shootout victory over the Devils on Friday with each triumph coming on the road.
An opportunity to do so again on Sunday presented itself again, even if it wasn’t a great situation for the Blackhawks to be in on this particular night. But after losing a two-goal lead to the Coyotes, Robin Lehner kept the team in it with a number of big saves in the third period to force the extra session. But the third time was the harm for Jeremy Colliton’s team, who couldn’t make it worth the extra time again.
Arizona converted both of their tries in the shootout while only Patrick Kane could breakthrough for the Blackhawks as they lost to the Coyotes 4-3 on Sunday.
Unlike the last two nights, there was only one point for the team as they fell to 12-12-6 on the season.
Similar to the Boston game, the Blackhawks looked to make extra time unnecessary with a big first period, with Jonathan Toews getting his team on the board just 53 seconds into the contest. Alex DeBrincat, who last week hadn’t scored a goal in nearly a month, got on the board for a third time in as many games to make it 2-0.
Arizona got a goal but Dominik Kubalik got it in the final three minutes of the period to make it 3-1.
Then the Coyotes made their move on the power play, getting a goal from Conor Garland and Carl Soderberg with the man advantage to even the game at three.
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Lehner would keep an aggressive Arizona team off the scoreboard with incredible saves like this one in the period on Clayton Keller. Yet the Blackhawks couldn’t pull ahead and the game went to overtime where it remained scoreless.
In the shootout, Jonathan Toews missed to start the session and former Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz scored to put the visitors ahead. Patrick Kane got one back but Garland responded with a score of his own on Lehner.
Kirby Dach, who won the game against the Devils in the shootout Friday, couldn’t repeat it on this night as his miss ended the game in the Coyotes’ favor. It wasn’t all for nothing, but the extra work didn’t pan out so well for the Blackhawks as it did the previous two nights.