TAKEAWAYS: 'I'll Always be a Blackhawk for the Rest of My Life'
Jonathan Toews skated in his last game in a Blackhawks' uniform on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyersby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
In the final game of the 2022-23 season against the Philadelphia Flyers, Jonathan Toews took his final lap on the United Center ice as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The longtime captain described the emotions he felt hearing the loud cheers from Blackhawks fans throughout the night and one last time as he stepped off the ice into the locker room. After winning three Stanley Cups in his 16 seasons for Chicago, he knew that he and this team poured everything that they had during his time spent here to make the city and the fans proud.
"I'm blown away," Toews said. "I really felt that I'm just almost unworthy of a moment like that. I told the guys in the room after the game, that just goes to show, obviously it's more than a game out there when you're able to be part of some special years where you win Stanley Cups and provide a lot of special feelings for the fans."
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Come Out Strong in Third Period to Beat Penguins
Chicago snapped their three-game losing streak against Pittsburgh in their last road game of the 2022-23 season.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
The Blackhawks came out victorious on Tuesday night as they faced off against a playoff hungry Penguins group. With Connor Murphy kicking off the scoring frenzy in the second period, Chicago started the third period looking for more as they defeated Pittsburgh, 5-2.
For head coach Luke Richardson, he felt the team learned from their mistakes in previous games with the way they managed the puck tonight. With Jason Dickinson's block on Penguins' forward Evgeny Malkin and Petr Mrazek standing strong in net, the team was determined to come out with a win.
"The guys were just determined," Richardson said. "I think we played really good hockey as of late and we just couldn't get over the hump in that third period and tonight, they're determined to get over the hump. I thought we managed the puck for a complete 60 minutes tonight, and that was frustrating for them."
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Drop to Wild in 4-2 Final
Chicago endured a loss in their first matchup of a back-to-back against Minnesotaby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
After coming off a three-game road trip, the Blackhawks made their way back to the United Center on Monday looking to finish the last three matchups on a high note. However, the Minnesota Wild would spoil their chances after a few turnovers to take the lead over in the third period and spoil Chicago's night with a 4-2 final.
For Connor Murphy, he felt the team simply couldn't recover after a few costly mistakes that allowed Minnesota to score a short-handed goal to tie the game up at 2-2.
"We just made mistakes," Murphy said. "We played well for most of the game [but] we just made mistakes."
TAKEAWAYS: Reichel 'Played His Best Performance' According to Richardson
The forward recorded a goal and an assist in the team's loss to the Kraken to bring his season total to 15 points (7G, 8A).by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
Despite suffering another loss on the road, Lukas Reichel made a lasting impression on the coaching staff during Saturday's matchup.
Since rejoining the team back on March 2, Reichel described the confidence boost that he gained throughout his month-long stint. He noted that he was able to learn how to grow his game for this season as well as how to become a stronger forward for the next one.
"I felt more comfortable and more confident," Reichel said. "I feel good with playing with [Athanasiou], I think we have kind of the same game of speed and stuff. So, I think that was a good learning experience and I want to keep getting stronger and keep getting better for next season."
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Shutout by Canucks
Chicago suffers a 3-0 loss on the road against Vancouverby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
After coming out victorious to end a losing streak on Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks failed to repeat a win as they suffered a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver's netminder Thatcher Demko recorded a 33-save shutout to stop the Blackhawks throughout the night. With the goalie on top of his game, it made their chances harder to find the back of the net according to Jason Dickinson.
"[Demko] is a pretty good goalie over there," Dickinson said. "It felt like we had a lot of chances, a lot of traffic to the net, a lot of tips but still just couldn't find a way to get that one to go home."
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Ignite Scoring Production in Win Over Flames
Chicago finished the series against Calgary with a 3-0-0 record this seasonby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
The Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak after scoring four goals to beat the Flames. With the added victory, Chicago officially swept Calgary and secured a 3-0-0 record against them this season.
Head coach Luke Richardson felt that the team skated well and pushed hard on the forecheck during the first and third period. After losing some speed in the second, the team regrouped and defended the net well to take the game back in the third.
"I thought our guys reacted well on the third one got back on the horse and put pucks behind them and got those two goals and then that makes them push…," Richardson said. "Other than that, we defended in front of our net really well in the third."
TAKEAWAYS: Toews Makes Return After Two-Month Absence in Loss to Devils
Captain logged an assist as Chicago fell to New Jersey to wrap four-game homestandby Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com
The puck hadn't dropped between the Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when some of the loudest cheers of the evening erupted inside the United Center -- right as longtime captain Jonathan Toews was introduced in the starting lineup.
The game itself -- a 6-3 loss despite a back-and-forth opening half -- didn't matter as much for the Blackhawks faithful as seeing No. 19 back on the ice, and healthy, his first game back since Jan. 28 after dealing with symptoms of Long COVID and Chronic Immune Response Syndrome. Throughout the night, they took in, and cheered for, every moment -- every time his face adorned the scoreboard at center ice, every time he touched the puck near a scoring position, and especially when he showcased vintage Toews skill by threading a needle to find Andreas Athanasiou at the weak-side post for a third-period goal.
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Drop Back-and-Forth Game to Blues
Austin Wagner makes first appearance nearly four weeks after being acquired from LA at the deadlineby Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com
The Blackhawks dropped their seventh consecutive game on Thursday night in a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues, but the effort from head coach Luke Richardson's team was night-and-day better than their last outing against the Stars on Tuesday.
"I'm sure guys are frustrated, but a lot of really good effort," Richardson said. "They did what we talked about all the day. It was a really good start, we just didn't have the finish. We just don't have that natural finish right now, but I like how we pushed back."
TAKEAWAYS: Vlasic Building Confidence in First Matchup of Season
The Blackhawks recalled the defenseman from the IceHogs prior to Tuesday's matchup against the Dallas Starsby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
After gaining some playing time with the Rockford IceHogs this season, Alex Vlasic skated in his first NHL game of the 2022-23 season with the Blackhawks.
Despite the team suffering another loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the rookie defenseman felt that the late season callup allows him to find his rhythm into the league. With the added playing time, he can build his confidence on becoming a full-time NHL player.
"I think just kind of seeing where I fit in," Vlasic said. "I think it played pretty well tonight. So, I have to continue that and hopefully can prove myself as a full time NHLer."
TAKEAWAYS: Blackhawks Endure Another Losing Streak Against Canucks
Chicago extended its losing streak to five straight following a 4-2 loss to Vancouver.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
Coming off a five-game road trip, the Blackhawks suffered their fifth straight loss at the United Center at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.
Despite having some good chances on the team's three power play opportunities, Connor Murphy described Chicago having the right mindset throughout the night to create different looks, but just simply could not put the puck in to score.
"We had a couple good chances, especially on that power play chances [where Tyler Johnson] had a couple of whacks and [Collin] Delia made two great saves on it," Murphy said. "On some other shots, guys had the right mindset to try and get pucks around the crease and get a dirty one. They had a couple hooking penalties on us that we have chances on too, so it just didn't do it for us."