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THREE THINGS: Marathon Man, Comeback Kids and Social Climber

Three takeaways from Chicago's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks dropped their second consecutive game, this time to the Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night at the United Center.

The Lightning held a 1-0 lead into the third period before Brent Seabrook scored to even things but Tampa got goals from Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point to take a lead it never relinquished.

Dylan Strome scored late to bring the Blackhawks to within one but it wasn't enough as they fell to 9-9-4 on the season.

"I think it was a better game (Thursday night)," captain Jonathan Toews said. "Even on nights that we play well we're not going to win every night, so I think we just fell a little bit short in all aspects of the game."

Corey Crawford (31 saves) suffered the loss in goal for the Blackhawks while Curtis McElhinney earned the win for the Lightning (10-7-2) with 32 saves.

Here are three takeways from the loss:


MARATHON MAN

With the Blackhawks skating 11 forwards and seven defensemen, Patrick Kane double-shifted and logged a season-high 27:57 of ice time.

"I feel like the more you play, the more you get into the game," Kane said. "There were some chances I had (I) probably could have capitalized on. So it's always nice to play as much as possible. And it would have been nice to do a little more with it."

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said the decision to make Dominik Kubalik a healthy scratch and have Slater Koekkoek draw into the lineup was due to several factors.

"We wanted to get Koekkoek in, it's his old team," Colliton said. "(I) think it was the right thing to do. 'Kaner' is playing really well (so it was) an opportunity to give him a little bit more. Ultimately, I don't think we had enough guys going up front."

Included in that group is Kubalik, who missed his second game of the season.

"I just think not unlike some other young forwards it's compete level away from the puck and winning 50-50s to put yourself in a position to be in the offensive zone (and) winning puck battles along the wall," Colliton said of Kubalik's play. "He's a good player and he's going to help us and he'll respond."

The Lightning also started seven defensemen and were down to 10 forwards after leading scorer Steven Stamkos left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Video: Colliton on loss to Lightning


COMEBACK KIDS

For the second game in a row, the Blackhawks mounted a third-period comeback only to fall short.

While the losses stung, the Blackhawks were upbeat about their willingness to keep battling late in games.

"We know we can score," Strome said. "We're a team that doesn't get shut out very often, if ever. We kind of find a way to claw back into it, I guess. It's not like we were getting dominated the first couple periods. Hopefully, the bounces will start to go our way. I think we're playing OK but obviously OK is not good enough in this league."

Unlike earlier in the season, the mood in the dressing room after the loss wasn't one of devastation, thanks to the four-game winning streak that ended with a 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

"We did some good things (Thursday night)," Kane said. "Obviously, it would have been nice to get some points here in the last two games, but we have to keep playing the way we won all those games and went on the nice stretch with. We know the recipe for success and (we need to) keep building."

Video: Kane on career assist No. 600


SOCIAL CLIMBER

Kane continues to pile up points this season. The winger had an assist - the 600th of his career - on Strome's goal to give him 29 points in 22 games thus far.

"It would have nice if it was after a win," Kane said of the milestone. "(I) probably would have been a little more upbeat about it, but (it's) still a pretty cool number."

Kane continues to work his way up the all-time scoring list. With his 967th career point, Kane passed Canadiens legend Maurice Richard to move into 94th place in scoring all time. Kane said only since breaking into the Top 100 scorers in history has he paid much attention to the list.

"Not so much, except for maybe as of the past week or 10 days, especially when you see the name like 'Rocket Richard,'" Kane said. "So, yeah, you're starting to see some more names that you're passing like Henrik Zetterberg. Obviously, he was an unreal player for a long time too, so it's pretty special. It's nothing you're really thinking about, you're just trying to play the game and do what you can out there. You want to keep going and keep getting better and better but those are always cool names to pass while you're on the way."

Kane said he'll look back on his accomplishments when he's done playing.

"Right now, I think I'm just trying to play as well as I can and take it year by year, see how it goes (and) just keep trying to produce," Kane said. "Produce as much as you can and hopefully those numbers look good at the end of your career."

So Kane doesn't have his sights set on surpassing Wayne Gretzky's 2,857 points for the top spot?

"I might have to play until I'm like 95 or something," Kane said. "I don't think I can do that, but you never know."

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