4 Takeaways: Hawks go winless in Florida, but gain confidence


The Blackhawks found more offense and got a point against the Florida Panthers in their 5-4 overtime loss to go 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip in the Sunshine State that saw two games against the Lightning and two against the Panthers.

Here are four takeaways:

4X the Power

On Tuesday, the Blackhawks recorded a power-play goal in their fourth consecutive game to start the season when Dominik Kubalik scored off a second attempt with 1:20 remaining in the first period. It was Kubalik's first goal of the season and the first time the Hawks had at least one power-play goal in each of their first four games of a season since 2012-13.

Kubalik scored another power-play goal at 8:05 of the second period to cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2 and to help the Hawks go 2-for-2 on the man advantage Tuesday. 


Patrick Kane picked up his second goal of the season when he tied the game 3-3 with under 50 seconds remaining in the second period going roof with a backhand. Kane has two goals and one assist in his first four games of the year.

He also received a penalty shot in the second period on Tuesday, but missed.

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the former Hart Trophy winner recording his 1,000th NHL point against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center. 

Lankinen makes NHL debut

Hawks goalie Kevin Lankinen made his NHL debut against the Panthers after getting the start. Lankinen was the third different netminder to land between the pipes for Chicago in their first four games, which had never happened in a season for the Blackhawks before. Only four NHL teams have gone with three goals in their first four games since the 2005-06 season.

Lankinen looked poised in the first period, as did Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia in their starts, but allowed two Panthers goals late in the opening frame.

First, Carter Verhaeghe snuck behind Hawks defensemen Calvin de Haan and Ian Mitchell to make it 1-0 Florida. Then, the Panthers buried two rebounds on two power plays, one late in the first and one early in the second, to go up 3-1.

Keith Yandle scored to tie the game 4-4 on Florida power play in the third period.

Lankinen made a big pad save facing a 3-on-1 early in overtime, but Frank Vatrano scored later in OT to win it for Florida.

Despite the score, Lankinen held his own. The Hawks could have helped him out more on the penalty kill, but went 1-for4. It's notable that Lankinen avoided a poor second period when Subban and Delia weren't able to. Plus, stopping a 3-on-1 in OT ain't bad.

"I felt focused throughout the whole game," Lankinen told Hawks media after the contest. "I wasn't thinking about the second period in particular, I like to split the game in five minutes and go, take five minutes at a time, take one shot at a time. I feel like the second period, that's where the game can turn over, or you can get back. We did a really good job as a team to get back. The guys hustled really well. I think that was one of the better periods we've seen so far, so I was happy to keep the fort there, but I think we're only going to get better from here." 

1st timer

Blackhawks forward Philipp Kurashev scored his first NHL goal in his third career game on Tuesday. Kurashev got a shot off from another neighborhood, but Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky couldn't get a handle on it with his glove, leading to a Hawks' 4-3 lead at 6:06 of the third period.

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