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Instant Analysis: Blackhawks Back on a Losing Skid After 3-1 Loss



Connor Bedard scored another impressive goal. Unfortunately it’s the only one the Chicago Blackhawks would get.

There were chances for the Blackhawks but the Winnipeg Jets prevailed 3-1 Saturday afternoon. But has been an issue all too often this season, Chicago is often just a bit slow to the punch and they’re just not deep enough to overcome it.

Much of it held true Saturday afternoon. After taking a 1-0 lead on Bedard’s goal which resulted after a rebound on Philipp Kurashev’s shot, the Jets scored three unanswered, the crusher on a redirection by Cole Perfetti that netminder Arvid Soderblom had no chance on in the third period. The Jets then slowly suffocated any chance at a comeback and the Blackhawks, for what has been the story all too long this season, couldn’t muster anything to get a comeback started.

Blackhawks Still Looking for Offense

After putting up four goals twice in a trio of games, the Blackhawks have potted just one in its last two contests. Head coach Luke Richardson has wanted more shots and they took them. Some times though, it just didn’t seem things would go their way. Case and point–a chance with Taylor Raddysh and Tyler Johnson where the puck hopped on Johnson, negating a grade A chance in the low slot. If he connects, it’s likely a goal.

How about the chance for newcomer Anthony Beauvillier? He nearly scored off a shot that banked off the glass, the side of the net, and just couldn’t settle it to bank it in.

Later in the period it was Lukas Reichel whiffing on a hopping puck. When the chances were there, they couldn’t bury them either.

It speaks again to the fact that the Blackhawks offense just isn’t deep enough with threats to overcome deficits–or the bad bounces that just don’t go their way.

Chicago falls to 7-15 on the season and play again tomorrow, taking on Minnesota.

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