Rapid reaction: Devils 5, Hawks 3
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' 3-2 loss to the Devils.
How it Happened: The Hawks fought back from a 2-0 deficit but the Devils took the lead for good at 3-2 with just 3:51 remaining in the game. The Blackhawks continued a trend of giving up scores around their net -- Bradley Mills was able to tap one in to give New Jersey the lead in the third period. An otherwise sleepy affair by the Blackhawks found some life when the power-plays started to pile up for the home team. Down 2-0 in the second, Brian Campbell scored just after a New Jersey penalty expired then early in the third Fernando Pisani put in a rebound of a Viktor Stalberg shot to tie the game. Both those tallies had the less star-laden, second power play unit on the ice. Three goals were scored in the game's final minute. New Jersey tallied a pair of empty-net goals. In between those two scores, Viktor Stalberg notched his fourth goal of the year and brought the Hawks back within one.
What it Means: The Hawks lose despite getting a break when all-world goaltender Martin Brodeur left the game in the second period with a hand injury. Its also another home loss to a team that was 3-9-1 coming into the contest having lost one of their top players -- Zach Parise -- just days before the game. The Hawks home record is 4-5 and their overall mark drops to 7-7-1.
What’s next: The Hawks finally get a breather with a couple days between games to prepare for the long awaited match-up with the Atlanta Thrashers. Four former Hawks, all who helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup, will face their former team for the only time this season.