Dylan Strome scored in his return to base, but the Blackhawks couldn’t generate enough offense against the Lightning and have now lost three games in a row.

Hawks power play perfect in first period

After missing four chances Monday, the Panthers got off to an early start Thursday in the Blackhawks’ game against the Lightning.

Matthias Janmark redirected a perfect pass from Dominik Kubalik two minutes into the game and the Blackhawks took a one-point lead.

The power play came after Tampa Bay’s Barclay Goodrow received an unsportsmanlike penalty for an attempted fight with Connor Murphy. There is some animosity against Murphy after his big hit on Tampa Bay defender Erik Cernak in their last meeting.

It was Janmark’s tenth goal of the season and his sixth point in as many games. With the trade deadline fast approaching, speculation about Janmark’s future with the Blackhawks has already begun. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and needs a new contract. It remains to be seen if it will come from the Blackhawks.

Less than three minutes into the game, the Blackhawks got back into the game with the team’s second goal of the game.

Dylan Strome, playing his first game since February 19, grabbed a rebound and scored his fifth goal of the season.

Tampa Bay goes to Tampa Bay

The Blackhawks led by one goal for much of the first period and limited Tampa Bay to ten shots, but gave up two goals in a four-minute span.

Kevin Lankinen has been a big surprise for the Blackhawks this season. He’s kept his team in the game this season with his saves, but on Tampa Bay’s first goal, he’d probably want them both back.

The first was a wrap-around goal that went between his left skate and the post, and the second was a soft playback ball from the slot that slipped by him.

The two teams went into the first intermission with the score tied.

no result second

The second period is one the Blackhawks can be proud of. They couldn’t cash in on two scoring chances, but Tampa Bay had just seven shots and six goals in the period.

Defensively, the Blackhawks controlled the middle of the ice and had everything under control. They shot 17 times overall and scored 13 points in the two periods, well below their season average.

Huge defensive effort from the #Blackhawks tonight for two periods.

This game (season average);
-2 goals against (3.2)
-17 shots allowed (34.4)
-13 goals allowed (29.2)
-6 HD goals (11.4)

There’s a big third period coming up.

– Austin Pedew (@BlackhawksDzone) March 19, 2021

Third Mountain Period

The Blackhawks struggled to accomplish anything offensively in the third period.

They registered just five shots on goal in the final frame and notched their scoring chance with zero goals, according to Natural Stat Trick.

They held Tampa Bay to six shots on goal, a remarkable feat, but the Lightning opened the scoring five minutes later and added another as time expired with Lankinen on the bench.

Just goes to show that a team of Tampa Bay’s caliber can take advantage of the slightest mistake, and they did just that with the winning goal. Duncan Keith was overwhelmed by the Lightning line, all three forwards were at the end of their shifts, and the Lightning were able to break through the middle of the ice with speed.

This is the second consecutive game that the Blackhawks failed to score in the third period, and yet another example of the Hawks’ inability to put together a 60-minute performance.

The Blackhawks lost 4-2 and now stand at 14-12-5 for the season. They have lost six of their last nine games and are just two points ahead of Columbus in the fourth and final Central Division playoff game.

Uniform force evaluation Output

Power got back on track in tonight’s loss, scoring two goals off four attempts, but the Blackhawks were held scoreless in 5v5 action. In 49 minutes of evenly matched competition, the Blackhawks registered 16 shots on goal, 17 hits and eight dangerous chances.

As a team, the Blackhawks have scored just eight times at 5v5 in their last five games. If they want to make the playoffs next month, they need to find a way to score more goals at even strength.

What now?

The Blackhawks have a day off Friday before heading into the freezing cold Saturday to rebound from a two-game series against the Lightning. Face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. local time. Stay tuned to the Four Feathers podcast for more post-game analysis and commentary.


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