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Blackhawks Shut Out Again, Lose 20th Straight Road Game

The Blackhawks have now gone 139 consecutive minutes without a goal.

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The Chicago Blackhawks were shutout again, prolonging not only a franchise record 20 straight road losses, but also a four-game losing streak. Thankfully for them, they’ll get a week off to rest, and heal.

But it doesn’t take away the sting. The Calgary Flames skated away with a 1-0 victory, keeping the frustrated Blackhawks scoreless for a second consecutive game, going 139 minutes and 21 seconds without a tally. For a team fighting through a rebuild season where injuries have handcuffed the team’s scoring and production, it’s a rotten way to head into a week long break.

The Flames only goal was on the powerplay courtesy of Elias Lindholm. The Hawks fought to the bitter end, with Jason Dickinson having a high-danger chance with the seconds melting away, but as he did all night, Jacob Markstrom turned it away, securing his 31-save shutout.

Petr Mrazek made 29 saves in the losing effort, another tough result for the always dependable netminder.

Boris Katchouk Plays Strong for the Blackhawks

Katchouk was all over the ice for the Hawks, even when for a few moments he was laying on it.

After writhing on the ice after taking a shot off the ankle, Katchouk was up, wobbling in clear pain, yet trying to disrupt and block another. It shows how efforts like that are being embedded into the culture the Blackhawks leadership is trying to build. But it wasn’t only there where Katchouk stood out.

Twice he had breakaways and though he was stoned both times, he had one pick on the penalty kill which nearly led to a short handed goal. Katchouk, amongst the skaters tonight, was busting his rear end around the ice doing whatever he could to make plays.

No, it didn’t result in a win for the Blackhawks and Katchouk wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet along with the rest of his teammates. The efforts in time will lead to successes.

But on another scoreless night for the Hawks, they’ll have to wait to reap the fruits of the those labors.

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