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Instant Analysis: Blackhawks Fight Late but Fall 4-2

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It was a lot of energy early for the Chicago Blackhawks and a heck of a lot it late. But in the end, it wouldn’t be enough.

The Blackhawks mounted a fierce comeback in the final minutes of the game but fell to the New Jersey Devils 4-2 Sunday night.

The start was similar to Saturday–the Hawks shooting early and often. Hall scored his second in as many games on a pretty feed just 1:51 into the game. The Devils started to match the intensity and evened things up on the man advantage with 6:51 left in the first. New Jersey would seize the lead after a puck popped up on Kevin Korchinski at the blue line and Max Willman raced to the other side and deposited into the net with Korchinski chasing the whole way.

The rookie defenseman’s long reach couldn’t disrupt the shot enough.

The second period moved quickly before a Connor Murphy penalty put the Devils back on the power play at the 10:13 mark. The Blackhawks would kill it off and the period would end as it started–2-1 in New Jersey’s favor.

New Jersey’s third goal came a fourth of the way through the third period on a chance low that was tipped through Arvid Soderblom. Chicago had a power play with just under 10 minutes in the game but couldn’t convert. Ryan Donato banged one home off a feed from Andreas Athanasiou with just over three minutes to play. But an empty netter with less than a second left finished the Hawks off at 4-2.

Yet unlike the previous night against Florida, an inconsistent effort ended up having the Blackhawks come up short.

Blackhawks Goaltending Strong

Soderblom certainly bounced back from a tough Monday night with 36 saves and the goals given up were often the case of a miscue in front of Soderblom.

The netminder did what he could to keep the Blackhawks in the game. Korchinski had a tough night at times, taking the wrong path on the third goal along with the tough luck bounce and miscue on the second goal.

Murphy took a couple penalties–one an ill advised boarding call. For all the energy Chicago had on Saturday, they certainly looked a little less so Sunday night.

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