RECAP: Blackhawks finally win a road game, defeat Arizona 5–2

  

The losing streak for the Chicago Blackhawks finally ended. The Blackhawks had lost 21 games in a row on the road coming into their contest against Arizona on Tuesday night. The Hawks’ goalie in net was Arvid Soderblom. Soderblom has not won an NHL start since Nov. 24 and had not allowed less than two goals in his last six starts. The Hawks victory is the first victory since defeating the Ottawa Senators last month.

Let’s look at the victorious lineup:

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The Blackhawks added Zach Sanford and Isaak Phillips to the lineup.

First period

In the first period, Connor Bedard took another big hit, this time from Matt Dumba. Bedard was able to shake it off and continue playing. Seth Jones got the team on the board with a power play goal.

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The first period ended with the Blackhawks holding a 1–0 lead.

Second period

In the second, the Coyotes tied the game with a blast from Nick Bjugstad. The Hawks re-took the lead on the power play. Bedard caught the Yotes off guard with a pass to Nick Foligno for the goal.

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Soderblom had one of this best saves of the season before Arizona was able to tie the game.  Michael Carcone tied the game for Arizona with shot past Soderblom. The Hawks answered with another power play goal, this time from Jason Dickinson.

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Korchinski had a great pass to Dickinson for the goal. After the Dickinson goal, the Hawks were not done scoring. On their fourth power play, the Hawks got a goal from Philipp Kurashev.

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The period ended with Hawks up 4–2.

Third period

The third period had the Hawks fend off the Yotes’ push and Jones potted an empty-net goal to end the game.

Analysis

The Hawks needed this victory against Arizona. After two awful performances, the young players on the Blackhawks needed a victory to feel good about.

Bedard recorded two assists to get back on the score sheet. Korchinski, who has had an extremely rough time as of late, needed a confidence boast and got one with his assist on the Dickinson goal.

The player who needed this game the most was Soderblom. Soderblom has endured a challenging season and has not been able to make even the routine saves at times. Tuesday was a reflection of the promise he showed last season. Hopefully, this win gets his game trending in the right direction.

The Blackhawks’ next contest is the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 6 p.m. CST.

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