10 observations: Blackhawks blow two-goal lead in loss to Hurricanes

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10 observations: Blackhawks blow two-goal lead in loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks lost their sixth in a row after falling to the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Tuesday at PNC Arena.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Blackhawks scored the first two goals and took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. But the Hurricanes responded by scoring the next four and improved to 6-4-3 when trailing after one period for a win percentage of .462, which ranks second among all NHL teams.

2. Kirby Dach was held out of the lineup because of right wrist scar tissue aggravation, the team announced before the game. He had appeared in 18 straight games prior to Tuesday and has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) this season.

3. The Blackhawks had no answer for Carolina's first line of Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen. The three of them combined for three goals, five assists and nine shots on goal. 

4. The Hurricanes are one of the best second-period teams in the league and they proved it again. They led in shot attempts (22-12) and scoring chances (13-5), according to Natural Stat Trick, and outscored the Blackhawks 2-0 to put their goal differential to +31 in the second period this season, which is tied with Colorado for first. 

5. The final offensive zone possession time numbers, according to Sportlogiq: Carolina (8:10), Chicago (5:43).

6. The Blackhawks had one of their best first periods in a very long time. They led in shot attempts (20-18) and shots on goal (12-8) and outscored the Hurricanes 2-0. They also, most notably, gave up zero high-danger chances during 5-on-5 action.

7. Alex DeBrincat scored his first career NHL shorthanded goal and found the back of the net (twice) for the fourth consecutive contest. Since he returned from the COVID-19 protocol on Feb. 2, only Auston Matthews (33) has more goals than DeBrincat (26). What a season.

8. It was a game of firsts on Tuesday: Mike Hardman tallied his first career NHL goal and MacKenzie Entwistle recorded his first career NHL assist on the same play. The secondary assist? Patrick Kane. A cool moment for Hardman and Entwistle to share that moment with a future Hall of Famer.

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9. The Blackhawks debuted a new-look first line with Adam Gaudette and Dylan Strome joining Kane. During 5-on-5 play, the trio was on the ice for 13 shot attempts for and eight against and eight shots on goal for and three against. But they were outscored 2-0. Tough luck.

10. Collin Delia started for the first time since Jan. 17 and picked up where he left off early in Carolina, where he stopped all 19 shots he faced on Monday in a relief appearance. In this game, he turned aside the first 10 shots before giving up a goal and finished with 22 saves on 26 shots for a save percentage of .846.

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