OK. The Chicago Blackhawks were able to complete a thrilling comeback against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
The way that three-goal Canucks lead evaporated over 20 minutes of game time might still be a source of anguish for fans in Vancouver, but the Blackhawks were unable to complete another comeback on Monday against an Oilers team that shows more potential for the playoffs than anything Edmonton has had since 2006.
“You’re down 4-0 in Winnipeg, you’re down 3-0 in Vancouver, and then 5-0 here,” Patrick Kane told the Chicago Sun Times.
“I know we came back in Vancouver, but it’s not the recipe for success, especially on the road. I know we keep harping on it, and keep talking about it, but we want to make sure we try and get the lead, play with the lead, and that should suit us better, especially on the road.”
Only one team — the Canucks — has more wins than the Blackhawks when trailing after two periods. Vancouver has won four times in that scenario. Chicago is in a five-way tie for second in that category with three wins.
They’ve shown an ability to get results when playing from behind late in games, but this and slow starts aren’t necessarily new concerns for the Blackhawks as they hit the quarter mark of their season.
“Our first periods have been a concern most of the year,” said coach Joel Quenneville, per CSN Chicago. “Tonight it was one of those first periods, they get a power play but we’re still in the hockey game. We seem to be getting better as the games go on, but tonight wasn’t the case.”
The Oilers, who now lead the Pacific Division with 23 points in 20 games, made sure of it.