10 observations: Blackhawks pick up point but fall to Kraken in shootout

The Blackhawks fell to the Seattle Kraken 3-2 in a shootout at Climate Pledge Arena on Monday.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Kraken picked up their first win of the season when trailing after two periods. They were 0-16-1 in their first 17 games in such situations. It was also their first win since Dec. 14; Seattle was 0-8-1 in its previous nine games going into Monday.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury picked up where he left off against Anaheim, turning aside the first 15 shots he faced and stopping 35 of 37 shots for a save percentage of .946. He made 63 straight saves prior to Seattle’s first goal, dating back to the second period of the Montreal game on Thursday. His best save was a highlight-reel one in the third period, as seen below. He even stopped a penalty shot as well. Fleury deserved better.

3. The Blackhawks generated only nine scoring chances at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick. It’s their fewest in a game this season. Their previous season-low was 11 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus.

4. On the flip side, the Blackhawks allowed 27 scoring chances and 11 high-danger chances at 5-on-5. They had only three of their own. Not a great offensive performance, although Seattle is one of the better defensive teams, analytically. The Kraken went into the game ranked No. 1 in inner slot shots against per game at 5.2, according…

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