Enhanced Box Score: Hurricanes 4, Blackhawks 3 - November 3, 2021

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Enhanced Box Score: Hurricanes 4, Blackhawks 3 – November 3, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks

In a game that looked lopsided on paper, it came down to the wire between the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes. The one-win Blackhawks were the latest team tasked with trying to bring down the undefeated Hurricanes, and while they gave it a valiant effort in the dying moments of the game, ultimately it was evident why the Hurricanes were 8-0-0 and the Blackhawks 1-7-2. Blowing a 3-1 second period lead, the Blackhawks fell to the Hurricanes 4-3 in front of yet another less-than-full crowd at the United Center.

The game started as well as Chicago could have asked with Patrick Kane setting up Alex DeBrincat with a Phil Mickelson-esqe flop shot that landed just out of reach of Andrei Svechnikov, allowing DeBrincat the breakaway chance to bury the 1-0 goal just 95 seconds into the game.

Carolina would tie the game at 1-1 in the first period and it would stay that way into the second period until Patrick Kane tallied his fourth goal and sixth point in 4.25 periods of play to put the Blackhawks back on top 2-1. Kane’s tipped goal was his 1,099th career point.

While the Hurricanes controlled most of the action throughout the game, the Blackhawks were able to capitalize on their high-danger chances early in the game. With a gritty play by Mike Hardman and a sweet setup from Philipp Kurashev, DeBrincat was able to bury his second goal of the game and sixth of the season to extend Chicago’s lead to 3-1 over the Hurricanes. The three goals allowed by Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen matched the most he has given up all season, which came on opening night in a 6-3 win for the Hurricanes. The 3-1 deficit was also the first time all season that Carolina had trailed by more than one goal. Again, the Hurricanes were 8-0-0 for a reason.

And they are 9-0-0 for a reason, too. Seth Jarvis scored his first NHL goal to bring the Hurricanes back to within a one-goal game at 3-2 heading into the second intermission. Just 17 seconds into the third period, the Hurricanes would tie it up at 3-3, then scoring the 4-3 goal just over three minutes later. Just like that, the most impressive lead for the Blackhawks this season was *poof* gone. Trying desperately to find the equalizer, the Blackhawks drew three penalties in the third period, including a four-minute powerplay with just over five minutes to play in regulation, but Chicago’s sixth-ranked powerplay in the NHL came up empty-handed. Carolina extends their winning-streak to begin the season to nine games, tied for the second-longest to start art a season in NHL history, and the Blackhawks fall to 1-8-2 on the year, ahead of only the winless Arizona Coyotes in the NHL standings.

Some quick notes:

•   Dylan Strome was again a healthy-scratch for tonight’s contest, while Reese Johnson played 4:04 minutes and Ryan Carpenter was on the first powerplay unit. So there’s some odd decisions being made right there.
•   On the bright-side for the Blackhawks, a team that is consistently ranking at the bottom of the league when it comes to their 5v5 metrics this season, all three goals were scored at even-strength tonight.
•   Is it just me, or is Marc-André Fleury extremely flippy and floppy in the net this season? Maybe I haven’t watched enough of him in his career prior to coming to Chicago, but it just seems like he is all over the place. His sub-.900 save-percentage and GAA flirting with the 4.00 mark don’t do him any services either.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.