Enhanced Box Score: Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 (SO) - December 5, 2021

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Enhanced Box Score: Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 (SO) – December 5, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks

Just win baby.

The Blackhawks and Islanders deserved each other tonight. Both teams came into tonight’s contest as some of the lowest-event teams in the league and it was evident throughout the 65-minute affair. New York had not won since Derek King took over as interim head coach of the Blackhawks on November 6. For King and the Blackhawks, they would not be the ones to break that streak for the Islanders. With the shootout win, the Blackhawks are 9-13-2 on the season, 8-4-0 under King as interim head coach. They also hand the Islanders their 11th-straight loss, having gone 0-8-3 over that stretch of time. The Islanders have also still not won a game at home in the new UBS Arena.

Brandon Hagel opened the scoring tonight, getting a goal in a painful way as Alex DeBrincat’s shot on the powerplay bounces off Hagel and into the back of the net for the 1-0 tally. Hagel’s eighth of the season and fourth goal in seven games helped get the Blackhawks powerplay on the board for the second time in three games.

After the Islanders tied the game in the second period, the Blackhawks were able to regain the lead early in the third period with a timely goal from Dylan Strome. After jumping on the ice, Strome charged the net and found the loose puck to put Chicago up 2-1 at the time. Strome snaps a six-game scoring drought with his second goal of the season.

Chicago tired their best to hold the 2-1 lead in the third period, but couldn’t hold-off the Islanders’ attack with the goalie pulled, and with 2.3 seconds remaining, Noah Dobson found the game-tying goal to send it to overtime. In 12 games under Derek King, this was the fifth time that the Blackhawks would head to extra time. In the overtime period, the Islanders controlled most of the action, but the “action” they controlled was the equivalent of two football teams punting back and forth to each other on first down. BOR-ING.

So we head to the shootout where the Blackhawks have not lost yet this season. The man who is tied for the most shootout attempts in NHL history, Patrick Kane stepped up yet again for Chicago.

Kane would be the only one to score in the shootout period with Fleury stopping all three Islanders shooters. With the three saves in the shootout and making 22 of 24 saves in regulation and overtime, Fleury earned his seventh win with the Blackhawks and 499th of his career. Fleury has now won six of his last eight starts for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are back in action on Tuesday night as they take on a familiar foe, the New York Rangers, this time at home in Chicago. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.

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.