The Chicago Blackhawks franchise record 12-game win streak was snapped on Thursday night after a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning entered the game on a 6-game winning streak of their own, and for only the 4th time in NHL history, two teams played each other while both were in the midst of winning streaks of six games or more.
The Blackhawks dominated early in the game after taking an early 1-0 lead on an Artem Anisimov goal just 43 seconds into the game. Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the Lightning took over the game about halfway through the 1st period and never looked back. If it weren’t for yet another spectacular goaltending performance from Corey Crawford, the final score could have been much more lopsided.
The Tampa Bay Lightning evened up the score with 13:07 left to play in the first period, which saw the Lightning outshoot the Blackhawks by a total of 13-4. The Lightning broke the tie with a little under 4 minutes left to play in the 2nd period. Throughout the game, the Blackhawks trailed for a total of 23:21. During the Blackhawks 12-game winning streak, they only trailed for a combined 14:28.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made a total of 31 saves on 33 shots for the night. Forward Artem Anisimov scored his 17th goal of the season and was assisted by Patrick Kane who now has 72 points on the year, 15 more points than the next closest player on the league leader board.
The Blackhawks end a 3-game road trip on Friday and head back to the United Center on Sunday before heading out to a 4-game road trip to begin February.