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Instant Analysis: Blackhawks Lose Hard Fought Game 3-2

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CHICAGO – They’ve been looking for a full 60 minutes of hockey during the past three games. The Chicago Blackhawks came pretty doggone close to it Sunday night.

In the third period alone, Chicago was all over Buffalo. A puck that banged off the post for Lukas Reichel. A shot that nearly found its way through and sat in the crease. The Blackhawks definitely pushed the issue.

But in the end, it still wasn’t enough. Erik Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with just under 10 minutes to play and the Sabres escaped the United Center with a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks Sunday night.

The Blackhawks literally fought to the bitter end, crashing the crease with time running out, and yet, they would lose a heartbreaker that didn’t reward what was their best effort of the last four games.

Taylor Raddysh redirected a shot as the power play expired to tie the game at one. The Blackhawks went right back on the power play following a stick to the face of Reese Johnson–but there was little generated. Buffalo wouldn’t miss on its first power play of the period, with Jeff Skinner potting his eighth of the season with time winding down on the Sabres man advantage.

But Kurashev would respond with his fourth of the season after three Sabres descended on Bedard, with Kurashev and Korchinski both gliding in all but untouched when Bedard’s shot was kicked out. Kurashev took advantage and evened the game with 2:26 left in the second.

Reichel-Bedard-Kurashev Line Does Its Job

Little bit of speed, flash, and skill went a long way several times for the Blackhawks when the three were on the ice together. They notched a goal and drew a penalty, also keeping Buffalo back a bit while out there.

Certainly, there’s compelling reason to keep the trio together another game as it was a good showing for the line’s first time together.

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