10 observations: Blackhawks wrap up road trip with loss to Sharks

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10 observations: Hawks end road trip with loss to Sharks originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks fell to the San Jose Sharks 4-1 at SAP Center on Saturday.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Sharks scored three goals on their first eight shots. The Blackhawks had zero goals on their first 18 shots before finally cracking Kaapo Kahkonen. Difficult to overcome a 3-0 deficit, no matter who the team is.

2. The Blackhawks did not record a shot on goal in the first eight minutes of play. They ended up finishing with nine in the opening frame, but there wasn’t much action to start.

3. Alec Regula and Alex Vlasic have been solid for the Blackhawks as of late, but they found themselves in a couple tough situations that led to San Jose goals. This is part of the learning curve for these young rookie defensemen, making mistakes and then growing from them as they get acclimated to the NHL level.

4. Speaking of Regula, check out his ice time over the last four games: 18:45, 19:58, 20:34 and 17:33. Sometimes with young players, they log heavy minutes in Rockford but don’t play nearly as much in the NHL. The Blackhawks have made sure to give him the kind of minutes he's played in Rockford, and that's probably made the transition a smooth one because he's getting into a rhythm.

5. When the top line of Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome were on the ice at even strength, the Blackhawks led in shot attempts (13-2) shots on goal (5-1) and scoring chances (5-2) and high-danger chances (3-0), per Natural Stat Trick. They were dominant yet again, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

6. In the last five games, the Blackhawks have had nearly 30 minutes of power-play time. They’ve generated only three high-danger chances over that stretch. Just not enough.

7. Tyler Johnson scored his second goal and third point in four games after burying a nice feed from Jonathan Toews. He had zero points in his first 11 games following his neck surgery. You can see his confidence slowly increasing.

8. Kevin Lankinen gave up four goals in this game, but I thought he played well. He made several Grade-A stops that prevented this game from getting completely out of hand. The numbers don’t reflect how his night went.

9. By the way, Alex Vlasic went head-to-head with his cousin Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who's been a defensive stalwart in San Jose for 16 seasons. Not a bad player to emulate your game after if you're Alex.

10. The Rockford IceHogs secured a postseason berth after beating Manitoba 5-3 on Saturday night. Lukas Reichel also tied Vinnie Hinostroza for most points in a season by an IceHogs rookie at 51.

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