The Chicago Blackhawks opened the month of November with a 3–1 loss to the New York Islanders at the United Center on Tuesday night.
— The game got off to the rough start for the home team nearly three minutes in when Islanders forward Casey Cizikas plowed into Hawks goaltender Alex Stalock after a save just outside his crease. Stalock was down, and after a review, Cizikas was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Stalock left the game and would not return. The Hawks came up empty during the five-minute power play.
— Anders Lee opened the scoring late in the first period on the power play, as he poked in a rebound for his fifth of the young season to give the Isles a 1–0 lead after one.
— After a scoreless second period, the Islanders doubled their lead to 2–0 on a nasty wrist shot from the left circle by Brock Nelson for his fourth of the season at the 7:23 mark of the third.
— At 10:19 of the third, Jonathan Toews cut the deficit to 2–1 when he deflected his sixth of the season on the power play.
— Zach Parise put this one away with an empty-net tally for his fourth of the season with 13.1 seconds remaining to give the Islanders a 3–1 lead.
— Off the ice, the Blackhawks made noticeable efforts to recognize the beginning of Native American Heritage Month, which is great to see. On the ice, Stalock and Petr Mrazek have specially designed Native American Heritage Masks to wear throughout the month, designed by artists Patrick Hunter (Ojibwe) and Nicole Banditgrey (Potawatomi).
The Blackhawks return to the ice at the United Center on Thursday to face the Los Angeles Kings with a puck drop at 7:30 p.m. CDT.