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Instant Analysis: Sensational Efforts Help Blackhawks Snap 8-Game Skid

The Blackhawks finally escape their losing ways with a dynamite performance from Petr Mrazek and timely goals from Connor Bedard and Jason Dickinson



CHICAGO – The first potential game winning goal from Connor Bedard was ruled offside. So Jason Dickinson made sure that his chance left no doubt in the Blackhawks bid for a much needed win.

Dickinson’s first shot was kicked away by Joonas Korpisalo but he fought through a couple Senators to clean up the rebound, depositing the game winner and giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Saturday afternoon.

“Good things can happen from doing the right things,” Dickinson said of his efforts.

The win snaps Chicago’s eight-game losing streak, which thrilled a United Center crowd roaring as the final minutes of the skid melted away. It wasn’t a playoff game, but it was a relief for a team and fanbase that hasn’t seen Chicago win in almost a month.

The Blackhawks started out with the lead, too.

It was Bedard finding Philipp Kurashev, who then slid a pass to Foligno back door to give Chicago an early 1-0 lead. This after nearly fifteen minutes of back and forth hockey where neither team appeared willing to take too much of a chance.

Stützle evened things up when Ottawa buried a back door goal of its own later in the period. The Sens would pour it on in the second outshooting the Hawks and taking a 2-1 lead, but Bedard buried his 16th of the year, tying things up at two.

Dickinson’s goal came minutes after Bedard’s was disallowed, building in some reward for digging deep after a potential close-but-no-cigar finish. They also rewarded their goalie who was also stellar between the pipes.

Mrazek, Again, Keeps the Blackhawks In the Game

It’s like a broken record at this point–Petr Mrazek saving the Blackhawks time and time again in a game where they’re heavily outshot. The discrepancy in shots started midway through the second and continued throughout the rest of the game, with the Senators peppering Mrazek routinely.

Mrazek held strong, notching his 13th win of the season after a 40-save performance. It’s been a lot of close calls for the Blackhawks, usually with the result favoring the opponent.

Mrazek and the Hawks finally got one their way.

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