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THREE THINGS: Tripped Up, Nothing Special and Tip Drill

Three takeaways from Chicago's 3-2 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

In a hard-fought Central Division battle, the Blackhawks fell to the Jets 3-2 on Sunday night in Winnipeg. 

The Blackhawks finished their trip 1-4-0 and Sunday's defeat meant another missed opportunity to make up ground in the Western Conference postseason race.

Mason Appleton and Nathan Beaulieu each had a goal and an assist while Jack Roslovic also scored for the Jets, who got strong goaltending from Connor Hellebuyck (31 saves).

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist and Ryan Carpenter added a goal for the Blackhawks but it wasn't enough as Corey Crawford suffered the loss despite making 35 saves.

"Tough loss," Carpenter told reporters. "(It was) 2-2 in a back-to-back on the road against a good team in a tough building and we just didn't find a way to get a win."

The Blackhawks fell to 26-25-8 while the Jets improved to 30-25-5.

Video: CHI Recap: Kane has goal, assist in Blackhawks' loss

Here are three takeaways from the Blackhawks' loss:

 

TRIPPED UP

The four losses during the trip were damaging to the Blackhawks' bid to make a move in the Western Conference wild-card race. The Blackhawks held the lead in four of the five games of the trip and outshot the Canucks 49-20 in the game during which they didn't have an advantage but came away with two points in the standings.

"Its frustrating," Carpenter said. "You can't dwell on it. We knew this was a big road trip but … we are still however many points out (and) we have to keep believing in here. It was a long road trip and it wasn't the result we wanted. The games were close and sometimes when it's not going your way you're not quite as bad as you think and sometimes when you're winning a bunch you're not as good as you think. We have to learn from this and get better."

With 23 games remaining in the regular season, the Blackhawks are six points behind in the race for the wild card.

"No question, disappointing not to have more points from the trip," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton told reporters. "Ultimately, we had three games that were acceptable and two that weren't good enough. We need more than that."

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NOTHING SPECIAL

There were no penalties called Sunday night, marking the first time NHL game this season with no penalties committed by either team.

"There were penalties out there (Sunday night) for sure," Kane told reporters. "So it's amazing sometimes they don't call anything. For it to go 60 minutes without a penalty is pretty unrealistic."

The last time the Blackhawks were not whistled for a penalty during a game was March 9, 2019 against the Stars.

"You can always find stuff if you want to," Colliton told reporters after Sunday's game. "It seemed like (officials) established they wanted to let the teams play, which was fine. I thought it was pretty even."

 

TIP DRILL

Crawford was the tough-luck loser and fell to 10-16-3 on the season. Each of the Jets' goals were scored on redirections in front, including Beaulieu's game-winner that ricocheted off the stick of Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat and bounded past Crawford.

"It was a pretty even game," Colliton told reporters. "Ultimately, I think the difference was they scored three goals on point shots and got traffic and gave themselves a chance to get a bounce. We had our chances to tie it up but I think we need to find away to generate some of those goals ourselves, especially in these types of games that are going to be this tight."

Added Kane, who pulled into a tie with former Blackhawks forward Steve Larmer for 87th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 1,102 points: "I thought 'Crow' played great for us. He made some big saves. Kind of an unfortunate goal at the end there for them but I still think we had some chances at the end to tie it up."

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