10 observations: Blackhawks allow 2 goals in 15 seconds, fall to Kings

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10 observations: Hawks allow 2 goals in 15 seconds, fall to Kings originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks fell to the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Kings generated 18 scoring chances in the first period, per Natural Stat Trick. Eight of those came on two power-play opportunities. The Blackhawks had two. It was a very lopsided start to this game, with the Blackhawks recording just six shots through the first 30 minutes of action.

2. The Kings finished with 9:49 of offensive zone time and 36 shots on goal. The Blackhawks had 5:19 of offensive zone time and 16 shots on goal, which tied a season-low. There's your story.

3. After going 0-for-5 on the power play in Arizona, the Blackhawks responded by converting on their first chance of the game. And it nearly got called back. Patrick Kane barely tagged up in time to allow Alex DeBrincat to enter the zone, and the puck ended up in the back of the net seconds later thanks to a pretty passing play. The original call was a good goal, and the NHL announced during the intermission that there wasn't conclusive evidence to overturn it, so the call stood.

4. Collin Delia was tested early and often, and was up to the task after giving up only two goals on 33 shots before the Kings scored twice in a 15-second span in the third period that put the game away. He appeared to suffer an injury on the fourth goal against and left the game with assistance from the trainers, but interim head coach Derek King said afterwards he just cramped up. That's good news. Kevin Lankinen played the final eight minutes and stopped the only shot he faced.

5. Sam Lafferty had a shorthanded breakaway chance 5:30 into the first period but was stopped on a 16-foot snapshot. If he scores there, you wonder if that changes the complexion of the game.

6. At the end of the second period, Jonathan Toews logged a shift of 3:20. He was absolutely gassed, and not happy about it after a whistle finally came. Dominik Kubalik was stranded on the ice for 3:02, and Jake McCabe and Alex Vlasic were out there for 2:44. The Blackhawks were fortunate to get out of that sequence unscathed.

7. Former Blackhawks first-round pick Phillip Danault is having an unreal season in Los Angeles. He scored a goal in his fifth straight game and now has 26 on the season. For reference, he scored only five goals in 53 games all of last season and his previous career-high was 13. Completely shattered that number.

8. Jonathan Quick has turned back the clock this season and recently reached the 20-win mark for the ninth time in his NHL career. He's 34 wins from tying Ryan Miller for No. 1 all-time among American-born goaltenders at 391 and is 43 away from 400. Is he a Hall of Famer? He's got two Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe but the highest he's ever finished in Vezina Trophy voting is second. I think he's on the outside, but if he turns in a few more solid seasons, he could strengthen his case.

9. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, it looks like the Kings are going to get in for the first time since 2017-18. They overachieved this season and are probably a year ahead of schedule, but credit to them for rebuilding on the fly and getting back to contention with a core that helped them win multiple Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. The Blackhawks should've followed that script but wavered on their plan from year to year, and now it feels like they're in for a longer-term rebuild.

10. The Blackhawks selected Kirby Dach with the No. 3 overall pick in 2019, but leading up to that draft, Alex Turcotte's name generated a lot of buzz for that spot. Turcotte ended up going to Los Angeles at No. 5, and he hasn't been able to crack the NHL full-time yet. He has zero points in eight career NHL games so far and has spent the majority of the season in the minors, where he has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 26 games. It will be fascinating to revisit the 2019 draft class 10 years from now to see the hits and misses.

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