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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Khaira Injury Leaves Team 'Shaken' in Loss to Rangers

Forward alert and responsive following injury in Tuesday's loss to New York

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks dropped a 6-2 result to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The game was a competitive, back-and-forth game deadlocked 2-2 at the halfway mark, but a serious injury to one of their own shortly after shook the team's psyche and the Rangers put forth a four-goal third period to seal the win.

"It's not a game we want to remember too much as a team," captain Jonathan Toews said, referencing more than just the game play.

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Fleury Shines as Confidence in Low-Scoring Games Grows

Chicago's success driven by ability to take low-scoring and extra-time contests

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks wrapped their three-game trip through the Metropolitan Division with a positive cap on Sunday night, gritting out a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Islanders to take a pair of wins home from the eastern excursion.

"Great trip. We played well against the Rangers, too. We were right there," interim head coach Derek King said, acknowledging the lone loss on the four-day stint. "I like where we're heading and I like the fact that guys are willing to sacrifice some of their games to get us where we are."

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Blackhawks Add Offense to Shutdown Defensive Game

Chicago's defensive focus assisted with trio of goals in shootout win over Washington

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

In its biggest test of the season, the Blackhawks defense stuck to its simplified game plan against the high-powered Capitals offense, while Chicago's offense found its own stride en route to a 4-3 shootout win in Washington.

"Throughout the game we had some ups and downs like any other game, but we stuck with it," Seth Jones said. "We were resilient in the way we wanted to play and it took us to the very end to get a win."

Alex DeBrincat, Dominik Kubalik and Jones all found the scoresheet in a back-and-forth contest that saw three separate leads before a thrilling overtime and eventually a skills competition to decide it. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in his sixth win of the season and fifth in his last seven starts. 

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Second-Period Lapse Stifles Defensively Sound Game

Chicago held San Jose to seven combined shots in the first and third periods, but a second period lapse proved the difference on Sunday night

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks played another low-scoring affair on Sunday night in a game that held a 1-0 scoreline until the final minutes of play with an empty net in Chicago's end, eventially falling in a 2-0 final to the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. 

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced on the evening as the Blackhawks held defensively for the majority of play, cedeing one chance to the Sharks off a tip in front that proved the difference. 

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Blackhawks Comeback Win with Simplified Game Late

Down 2-0 after the first period, Chicago scores three unanswered to take game in OT

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks of October might've let Friday's game snowball, down 2-0 after 20 minutes of play at the United Center after a four-game road trip. But over the final 40 minutes of play, Chicago found a pair of gritty goals to pull even and then take the game in overtime, 3-2. 

"To be a good team you've got to win those games," said Alex DeBrincat, who netted the game-winner in OT. "Even if you're down, you've got to come back and find a way to win. I think that's what we did tonight and hopefully we can build on that. Earlier in the season we were down 2-0, it's probably over, but I think we had a good reset there in the intermission there and came out and played strong."

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Johnson Scores NHL First in Loss to Cap Positive Trip

Late loss in Calgary a disappointing cap to positive road trip with Chicago picking up two wins

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks wrapped their four-game trip with a loss to the Flames on Tuesday night in a game that was tied until the final five minutes before the home team netted a goal and a pair of empty netters for a 5-2 final. 

"I think they're disappointed and they probably a good thing," interim head coach Derek King said after the game. "OK first (period). Second period, I thought we played a solid second period, we did all the little things right, we played a certain way that this team needs to play and then the third period, we just kind of got away from it again. 

"The consistency of playing a certain way is not there yet. It's getting there. I know these guys. Going in there after the game, you look at them and they were disappointed. Which, I guess as the season has gone so far, I think that's a positive that they are upset about it."

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Fleury Backstops Team to Victory as Confidence Grows

Netminder the difference as Chicago earns shutout win in Vancouver

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Marc-Andre Fleury stole the show as the Blackhawks got back into the win column of Sunday night in Vancouver with a 1-0 shutout of the Canucks. 

"Our goalie kept us in it," interim coach Derek King said, describing a 'decent' first period and a second that he didn't like 'at all' in the win. "I thought our third period was the best period we've had. Guys were sacrificing, guys were blocking shots, we held onto the puck down in the offensive zone... We weathered the storm and Marc-Andre was on his game."

"Especially when it's not going right for us, obviously we needed him," said Brandon Hagel, who netted the game's lone goal. "He's going to give it to us and we owe it right back to him. His saves definitely give us a little more life on the bench, like 'OK this guy's going so we better pick it up a little bit.'"

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Transition Game Leads Chicago to Win in Seattle

Three goals going end-to-end prove the difference in win over Kraken

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks are winners of four straight with a 4-2 victory over the Kraken on Wednesday night in Seattle to kick off a four-game road swing. 

"These guys, they're coming together. They're finding ways to win," interim head coach Derek King said. "The ice was tilted on us a little bit there in the second and [Marc-Andre Fleury] was good. They just seem to be battling and they're still up on the bench having fun."

"It's a lot more fun the way we're playing hockey right now," said Fleury, who was far and away the game's No. 1 star with 31 saves. "We dug ourselves a big hole, still have a long way to go, but one period at a time, chip away at it and try to do the right thing to climb back out of that hole. I think we're playing better as team, all of us, and it's showing too. Got to keep going in the same direction."

Seth Jones, Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane all scored as the Blackhawks took a 3-0 lead in the opening 50 minutes of the game. Seattle made it interesting late before Jake McCabe netted his first as a Blackhawk into the empty net to seal the win. 

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Pair of Big Goals Power Chicago to Third Straight Win

DeBrincat, Strome one-timers put cap on three-game win streak

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks are rolling, winners of three straight under interim head coach Derek King following a 2-1 win over Arizona on Friday night at the United Center. 

Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome scored the tallies on the night to close out the homestead with a perfect record, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 stops in his second straight win. 

"A lot better. Winning a couple games will do that to you," Jonathan Toews said of the team's mood overall. "Just overall, guys feel more relaxed, having fun... Just going out there that we know what to do on the ice and just play the games."

"I think everyone feels better," Strome added. "As a team, we're playing more loose, playing for each other a bit more and I think it's showing out there. Had the crowd back into it three games in a row now, so it feels good. I think everyone's having fun right now."

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: Blackhawks Grit Out Shootout Win Over Penguins

Team-first mentality propels Chicago to second straight win at home

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Just like that, the Blackhawks have found momentum. 

A 3-2 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night has the team on its first winning streak of the season and starting to put the pieces together after a frustrating opening few weeks to the year. 

"That's a game that we wanted and we stuck with it," Jujhar Khaira said. 

"There's some cleaning up to do, obviously, but at least the battle level is there, the accountability is there and you can see these guys are actually playing for each other," interim head coach Derek King said. 

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