4 takeaways: Blackhawks lose to Coyotes in shootout

Scott King

The Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Coyotes in a shootout on Sunday. Here are four takeaways:

Hawks lose steam, but grab five of six points

The Blackhawks had momentum from big wins on the road heading into Sunday's game against the Coyotes at the United Center. On Thursday, the Hawks beat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime in Boston then went to New Jersey on Friday to win 2-1 in a shootout.

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After leading 3-1 in the first period off of goals from Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik, the Hawks' momentum fizzled out as they allowed two unanswered goals from the Coyotes in the second period and went on to fall 4-3 in the shootout. 

As disappointing as it might be that the Hawks were again unable to put a decent winning streak together - they only have one of three or more wins through 30 games this season; Nov. 10-17: four games - they did grab five out of a possible six points in their past three games. 

Toews me, bro

Jonathan Toews picked up a goal and two assists in the first period against Arizona, recording at least three points in a period for the ninth time in his career.

His goal came 53 seconds into the game, deflecting a Calvin de Haan backhand pass from the opposite side of the crease into the net off the back of his blade. It was career goal No. 333 (Hi, Mr. Foley) for the captain.

Toews has four points in his past three games.

DeBrincat stays hot

DeBrincat recorded a three-game goal streak with a first period power-play goal on Sunday. It was the first time since Feb. 22-27 of last season that the Blackhawks recorded power-play goals in three consecutive games. 

DeBrincat made a move to the net and scored from in front of the crease, shooting the puck under the crossbar after getting a pass from Patrick Kane on the power play.

He was goalless in his past 13 games prior to Thursday. 

Schmaltz has triumphant return to UC

Nick Schmaltz returned to the United Center for the first time since Chicago traded him to Arizona for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini on Nov. 25, 2018. Schmaltz, who had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 17 games with the Coyotes before a season-ending knee surgery, had 91 points (29 goals, 62 assists) in 162 games with the Blackhawks from 2016-2018. 

The 23-year-old center picked up two assists and scored in the shootout for the Coyotes Sunday against his former team. Schmaltz has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 32 games with Arizona this season. 

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