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Enhanced Box Score: Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1 – November 12th, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks

On a night full of reasons to complain, the Blackhawks were able to play well enough to extend their winning-streak to three games and remain undefeated in the Derek King era as they topped the league-worst Coyotes, 2-1 the final score.

It was a game you would expect to watch from two of the bottom-feeders in the NHL this season, but in the end, a more talented roster like Chicago was able to come away with two points over a roster in Arizona, built to lose the season. With the win, the Blackhawks improve to 4-9-2, while the Coyotes fall to 1-12-1.

First of all, the ESPN+/Hulu-exclusive broadcast was not enjoyable whatsoever. I know I wasn’t the only one having issues with it. I would hear what would happen a half-second before I would see it happen, which was annoying. Leah Hextall and Dominic Moore sounded very clearly like a national broadcast team with little in-depth knowledge of either team, and while Hextall is usually great on play-by-play (see the marathon Frozen Four game between North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth as proof), either her voice was too soft or the microphone on her was too low, but it felt more like an ASMR broadcast than a hockey game. But I digress from the game itself.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks were able to get on the board first after Patrick Kane setup Alex DeBrincat with one of the best goals the two have ever connected on.

Kane would have two assists on the night, extending his point-streak to three games and extends his team-leading 15 points in 11 games played. DeBrincat nets his team-leading eighth goal of the season and extends his own point-streak to three games as well.

As Kane and DeBrincat have gone this season offensively, so have the Blackhawks.

After former Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ladd tied the game early in the third period, Chicago would earn themselves their fifth powerplay of the night after Dylan Strome drew a tripping penalty mid-way through the third period. On the same powerplay, and with Kirby Dach sidelined at that moment, Strome found himself in Dach’s position on the powerplay unit and buried his first goal of the season to break the 1-1 tie.

What do you know? Dylan Strome can produce when playing with the right kinds of players. Imagine that.

From there, the Blackhawks were able to keep the door shut on the lowly Coyotes and seal their third win in-a-row. Marc-André Fleury has now won back-to-back starts after making 22 saves on 23 shots faced, improving his record this season to 3-7-0 and having won his last six career starts against the Coyotes.

The Blackhawks are now 4-9-2 on the season and have a four-game West Coast road-trip ahead of them with games at the Seattle Kraken, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and Calgary Flames beginning in Seattle on Wednesday night. Yep, four-straight nights without Blackhawks hockey ahead of us.

Find the full box score here.



Author: Mario Tirabassi

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