Enhanced Box Score: Wild 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT) - January 22, 2022

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Enhanced Box Score: Wild 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT) – January 22, 2022

Chicago Blackhawks

Tonight was a much more entertaining night as a Blackhawks fan. After last night’s 5-1 drubbing by these same Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks had more life on night two of the back-to-back contests between these teams and came away with just a point in the standings for their troubles. Chicago was unable to hold two significant leads at 2-0 early and 3-2 in the third period, ultimately losing 4-3 in overtime.

With the loss, the Blackhawks hold a 15-19-7 record through 41 games this season, the official mid-way point of the year.

Unlike last night, the Blackhawks got off to a fine start. They out-shot the Wild in the first period 17-8 and scored the first goal of the game thanks to Henrik Borgström. After going from the top-line to the fourth-line to the press box, Borgström gets his third goal of the season after rejoining the lineup tonight.

The Blackhawks have been one of the worst teams in the first periods of games this season, being out-scored 22-45 heading into tonight’s game. They did their best to continue the momentum from the Borgström goal and later in the opening frame, it was Alex DeBrincat on the powerplay netting his 24th goal of the season.

Not to be overlooked, but Seth Jones’ setup to DeBrincat was fantastic. DeBrincat leads the team in goals this season and with his 24th of the year, is on pace to score 48 goals this season. Not too bad. Unfortunately, the Wild got on the board with just 30 second to play in the opening frame thanks to Joel Eriksson Ek.

While the first period start was the focus tonight, the second period was a bit more worrying for the Blackhawks. After doubling-up Minnesota in shots during the opening frame, it was the Wild out-shooting Chicago in the middle frame 20-9 but Kevin Lankinen stepped-up big time in the second period to keep the 2-1 lead in-tact.

It would be a tense third period as the Wild continued their increased pressure in the final two periods of play. It eventually led to Jonathan Toews taking a double-minor penalty after being called for a hooking and then slamming his stick on the penalty box door, earning another two minutes. On that extended powerplay, the Wild tied the game thanks to Kirill Kaprizov.

Unlike last night, the Blackhawks had a response in them tonight. Shortly after allowing the game-tying goal, Chicago found the 3-2 goal thanks to a whack-a-mole style goal coming from Henrik Borgström with just under eight minutes to play.

The party wouldn’t last until the final horn though for the Blackhawks. With the goalie pulled, the Wild were able to find the 3-3 equalizing goal with just over two minutes to play in regulation. It was Minnesota’s 12th goal this season with the extra attacker, which is insane.

To overtime we would go. Chances galore at both ends of the ice between the teams after two of the most exciting players on each side, Patrick Kane and Kirill Kaprizov, were held off the ice for off-setting penalties. Unfortunately, with just 38 seconds left in the extra frame, Marcus Foligno found the game-winner.

It was an unceremonious ending for Kevin Lankinen’s effort in net tonight. Making his first start since December 18, Lankinen made 40 saves on 44 shots faced, just 24 hours removed from coming into the game last night for Marc-André Fleury. Without Lankinen, the Blackhawks wouldn’t have had much chance tonight. With the overtime loss, Lankinen sees his record fall to 2-5-4 this season in 13 appearances.

Chicago is next in action on Monday night as they travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche. It will be the first of two meetings this upcoming week between the Blackhawks and the Western Conference-leading Avalanche.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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