Philipp Kurashev notched a goal and an assist, with Taylor Raddysh also finding the back of the net for the Blackhawks (5-11-0) in their fourth straight loss. Petr Mrazek stopped 17 shots in net for Chicago.
“Yeah, it gets heavy on everybody,” expressed Chicago coach Luke Richardson. “I didn’t really like our first period. I thought we just didn’t have a lot of energy. With the first shift in the second period, we played like we should have. We played fast, we played physical, and got us some power-play time out of that and I think it got us going a little bit.
“But you know what? We’re going into the third period a lot these days tied, and we don’t come out on top. … There’s lots of young guys, but there’s some really good veteran leaders that are talking and saying the right things for these guys to stay up and stay positive. Because the only way we’re getting out of it is for the group in there themselves to get us out of there by winning one.”
Dahlin gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the first period on a wrist shot, scoring from the slot after Zach Benson’s pass from the right wing.
“I just told myself to go out there, don’t think and just play off my own instincts and compete,” revealed Dahlin. “That’s all I can do right now. Sometimes they’re not pretty, but sometimes it works. As long as we win, I’m happy.”
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