10 observations: Blackhawks routed by Rangers as losing streak reaches 7 games


The Blackhawks lost 7-1 to the New York Rangers at the United Center on Sunday, losing their 10th straight home game.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews became the 11th teammates in NHL history to appear in 1,000 career games together. They received a standing ovation from viewers at the United Center during the first TV break and briefly hugged. What a ride it has been for her.

2. The Blackhawks got off to a pretty decent start, but they conceded the first goal for the 25th time in 30 games this season. Kind of crazy when you think about it. Then the Blackhawks were 3-0 down. They didn’t have an answer for Rangers’ transition game.

3. The last time these two teams met, Jacob Trouba blew up Andreas Athanasiou and it caused a huge scrum. Well, Trouba found the back of the net in that game and after scoring, Trouba yelled at Athanasiou, “You want the puck?” Jake McCabe pushed Trouba after him. The hate continues to simmer.

4. That was a strange game. It felt like the Blackhawks played well for the most part before the wheels fell off in the third period. At one point in the second period, the Blackhawks drove circles around the Rangers. Good teams find a way to take advantage of their opportunities. It also probably helps if you have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Igor Shesterkin.

5. Arvid Soderblom wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t great either. His winless skid now stands at nine games. He’s 0-8-1 over that span. The good news? There is a chance Alex Stalock, who has been out since November 1st with a concussion, will return before the Christmas break. That would be huge for the Blackhawks. They need to get Söderblom back to Rockford so his confidence doesn’t suffer if it hasn’t already.

6. On Rangers’ third goal, Ben Harpur checked Kane along the boards but no call was made. Kane didn’t like it and Rangers went the other way, scoring seconds later to make it 3-0. Kane gave it to the official after the goal was scored and even did it again after the first period was over.

7. Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist. Artemi Panarin had one goal and two assists. Mika Zibanejad had two assists and Adam Fox had three. Even Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere had several outings for the points, and Vitali Kravstov and Braden Schneider each scored a goal. The big guns showed up for the Rangers, but so did the kids, which hasn’t happened too often this season.

8th. Jarred Tinordi took a skate to the face on December 9 against Winnipeg and had between 50 and 100 stitches under his chin. Early in the second half of that game, he was hit by a puck in the same area, causing the wound to reopen. Of course, it was the first game in which he took off the protective cage. He immediately took off his helmet, went to the dressing room and did not return. There was a trail of blood on the ice. Brutal luck.

9. The Blackhawks went 420 minutes without a lead, a seven-game span. Ironically, the last time they took the lead was on December 3 against Rangers when they won 5-2.

10 Rangers have won seven in a row and have a +18 goal difference at this stretch. They really turned their season around. A few weeks ago things looked so bleak.

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