Enhanced Box Score: Wild 5, Blackhawks 0 - February 2, 2022

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Enhanced Box Score: Wild 5, Blackhawks 0 – February 2, 2022

Chicago Blackhawks

If you watched this game tonight with an eye on the actual action of the game, all the power to you.

I had a very hard time caring about anything I was watching on the ice following the absolute debacle that was the Blackhawks’ Town Hall event prior to the puck drop against Minnesota.

In the event that you are here to read about what happened in the game, the Minnesota Wild controlled the second period to the tune of three goals and the game was out of reach from there. Goals coming from Mats Zuccarello, Frederick Gaudreau, and Kirill Kaprizov in the middle frame, plus more goals in the third period from Kevin Fiala and Nico Sturm. They’re a wagon and are 9-0-1 in their last ten games.

Marc-André Fleury, making his 13th start in the Blackhawks’ last 14 games, stopped 25 of 30 shots and was pulled in the third period. He slammed his stick into the goalpost following the fifth goal and trashed his stick when heading down the tunnel from the game. He deserves so much better than this Blackhawks organization can offer him. Collin Delia stopped all five shots he faced in relief.

The team sucked tonight, so instead of sharing any highlights from the game, I’ll instead share the TNT segment from the first intermission addressing the Rocky Wirtz outburst from the Town Hall event earlier in the night.

This is going to overshadow anything Chicago does on or off the ice for a while.

The Blackhawks will be off for a week now as the NHL All-Star break is upon us. They have lost seven of their last eight games. I’d love to talk about Alex DeBrincat heading to his first All-Star game and representing the Blackhawks, but something tells me that won’t be the only topic of conversation over the next week. Chicago’s next game comes on February 9 when they travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers.

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.