10 observations: Blackhawks hang on to beat Kraken
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The Chicago Blackhawks emerged victorious with a 4-3 win over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday at the United Center.
Here are 10 observations from the game:
1. This game was a bit messy for the Blackhawks, but they managed to secure goals from Jason Dickinson, MacKenzie Entwistle, Tyler Johnson, and Boris Katchouk. Petr Mrazek also performed well in goal. The challenge now is to win a second consecutive game on Thursday, something the team has not achieved this season so far.
2. For the first time in six games, the Blackhawks scored the opening goal, and even extended the lead to 2-0. Unfortunately, they gave up two goals near the end of the first period and lost the lead.
3. Despite the Kraken pushing back in the third period, the Blackhawks managed to maintain a solid defense and kill off a crucial 5-on-3 power play with 5:49 left in the game, which ultimately secured the win.
4. In the first period, the Blackhawks committed three penalties, all from defensemen, but luckily escaped unscathed.
5. Boris Katchouk, who scored a goal in his previous game, seems to have found his form after a slow start to the season.
6. Joey Anderson stood out with two assists, four shot attempts, four takeaways, and drawing a penalty in the game. He has performed admirably in recent games.
7. The Blackhawks had 23 giveaways in the game, a concerning trend given their 24 giveaways in the previous game against St. Louis.
8. The Blackhawks are placing Corey Perry on unconditional waivers due to unacceptable conduct, as revealed by an internal investigation. Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson appeared visibly distraught when addressing the situation before Tuesday’s game, describing it as “a tough couple of days.”
9. During the game, the Blackhawks acquired forward Anthony Beauvillier from Vancouver, aiming to stabilize the lineup after the departure of Corey Perry and Taylor Hall’s injury.
10. Patrick Kane has officially made his free-agent decision, signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, reuniting with former teammate Alex DeBrincat. The Blackhawks will play against the Red Wings on Thursday, and fans eagerly await Kane’s return to the United Center on Feb. 25.
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