RECAP: Blackhawks’ descent continues in 6–4 loss to Coyotes

  

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their disappointing start to 2022 with a 6–4 loss to the lowly Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

For a team that continues to tease its fanbase with highlight-reel goals while the on-ice product continues to tumble toward irrelevancy, it is going to be another long season with anyone’s guess as to when this franchise will return to their winning ways.

The Yotes got on the board first when Dysin Mayo sent a sharp-angle wrist shot over the shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury at 3:16 of the first frame. Though the Hawks generated chances throughout the period and tallied 13 shots, Arizona took a 2–0 lead with less than a minute to play when Johan Larsson deflected in a shot from the point.

In the second period, Chicago came out firing. Kirby Dach cut the lead in half by batting in a rebound out of mid-air to the back of the next. Philipp Kurashev and Connor Murphy assisted on the play.

Just after five minutes into the period, MacKenzie Entwistle scored his fourth goal of the year off a nifty feed from Jonathan Toews to make it 2–2.

After a Murphy penalty at the halfway point of the period, the Coyotes regained the advantage when Phil Kessel fed Travis Boyd in front of the net. Arizona took the 3–2 lead into the third period.

Chicago essentially gave the game away in the third stanza, and attempted to claw back late, but was unsuccessful. After surrendering two quick goals that gave the Yotes a 5–2 lead, Jake McCabe scored to make it 5–3. The goal was initially credited to Toews, but was changed to McCabe’s tally on Friday.

Later in the third, Alex DeBrincat swatted in his 21st goal of the season on the power play with the help of Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane.

It all proved to be too little, too late, as the Coyotes scored an empty-net goal and skated away with the win. Arizona goalie Karel Vejmelka steered away 32 shots and was impressive throughout the night.

Blackhawks fans should continue to be prepared for more tough results in the games ahead. The Hawks head to Nevada to take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday for a 9 p.m. CST start.

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