10 observations: Ryan Hartman, Wild rout Blackhawks

The Blackhawks fell to the Minnesota Wild 5-1 at the United Center on Friday.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. Welcome back to Chicago, Ryan Hartman. His breakout season continued, scoring twice in the first period and setting a new career-high in points (32). His previous season-best was 31, which came during the 2016-17 season with the Blackhawks. He’s now on pace for 39 goals and 70 points. Wild. (No pun intended).

2. I can’t remember the last time I saw two fights happen right after the other on the same stoppage but that’s what happened in the first period. Riley Stillman and Brandon Duhaime dropped the gloves at the 12:42 mark and as soon as that wrapped up, MacKenzie Entwistle scrapped with Connor Dewar. Entwistle and Dewar were given a game misconduct for fighting after a stoppage.

3. Hat trick to Carter Baum of the Blackhawks: This isn’t the first time Stillman and Duhaime tangled. In the final game of the preseason, Stillman laid a hit in the corner on Nico Sturm that Duhaime didn’t like. The two of them then dropped the gloves. Not sure if the fight was a carry-over from that, but certainly felt like some unfinished business.

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4. The Blackhawks had two power-play opportunities in the first period that, in hindsight, came at important times. Their first opportunity came just 22 seconds into the game and Minnesota scored on the shift…

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