Thursday recap: Lightning 2, Blackhawks 1

The Blackhawks scored 43 seconds into the game, but that would be their only goal Thursday night in a 2-1 loss to the Lightning that snapped their 12-game winning streak. The Lightning, meanwhile, are playing their best hockey of the season and have won seven straight. The Hawks had trouble generating offense all night and had just 18 shots on goal, their lowest output of the season

Hawks survive first

The Blackhawks were tied with the Lightning 1-1 after the first period even though the Hawks managed just four shots on goal. The Hawks got the first goal when Artem Anisimov put a backhanded shot past Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. Anisimov scored off a pass from Patrick Kane, who picked up his 42nd assist of the season. The Lightning scored when Anton Stralman deflected in a shot from Victor Hedman past Corey Crawford at 7 minutes, 14 seconds of the period.

Second period sways the game

A rare set of back-to-back penalties bit the Hawks in the second period. Kane at first was sent off for interference, a penalty which the Hawks killed. Right after the penalty, Kane tried to play the puck as he was coming out of the box, but he was not fully out of the penalty box before playing the puck and was whistled him for interference. The Lightning scored on the subsequent power play when Nikita Kucherov whistled in a shot from the right circle at 16:39.

No Sekac yet

The Hawks traded Ryan Garbutt to the Ducks for Jiri Sekac but the winger did not make it to Tampa for Thursday’s game. His status for Friday’s game against the Panthers is unknown.


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