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5 observations from Blackhawks-Canadiens

CHICAGO -- Here are five observations from the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday:

1. Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival had a game to forget. His play led to two Montreal goals within a 1:54 span in the third period. He first got beat to a loose puck by Rene Bourque at the net.

Bourque hit the post with a backhanded attempt but got the puck back seconds later and scored. Less than two minutes afterward, Nathan Beaulieu skated past Rozsival to the net and knocked the puck in off a pass. Rozsival had a few instances where he was knocked off or beat to the puck. He had two giveaways in the loss.

“I thought he had a real tough third period,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I didn’t mind his first 40 minutes.”

2. There’s not much more Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin can do to earn a regular spot in the lineup. He played in his fifth preseason game of the year and again was aggressive all over the ice. He often was around the puck and created chances for himself and his teammates. He hit Duncan Keith in the left circle for one of the Blackhawks’ best looks of the night. Morin also had six shots, including four on goal. He’s not a big body like Brandon Mashinter, but Morin has the type of toughness Quenneville is searching for on the fourth line.

3. The Blackhawks’ third line of Bryan Bickell-Andrew Shaw-Kris Versteeg had another positive outing. They had some sustained offensive possessions and were able to create a number of chances. The line combined for 16 shots, including 10 shots on goal. Shaw scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal on a breakaway. Versteeg again showed some regained quickness.

“I thought Steeger had a good game,” Quenneville said. “Shawzy had a nice goal. Bick and that line generate, and a lot of time they are in the offensive zone. They have good puck presence, good puck support and good play recognition. I thought they had a good game.”

4. Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey and Trevor van Riemsdyk are keeping themselves in the roster conversation. Cumiskey had a few defensive miscues, along with Rozsival, but Cumiskey was especially sharp offensively. He got involved in rushes and nearly helped the Blackhawks to a few goals. Van Riemsdyk again showed a solid overall game. He played with Johnny Oduya. It will all depend on whom the Blackhawks trade to get under the salary cap, but both players could still be in the mix for roster spots. Quenneville said he’d like to have his roster finalized by Sunday.

5. The Blackhawks’ power play is a work in progress. After just starting to work on it the last few days, the Blackhawks were 0-for-4 on the power play on Wednesday. They had one shot on goal in 5:14 of power-play time. As in the past, the Blackhawks failed to shoot the puck enough for Quenneville’s liking.

Quenneville did take some positives from it.

“I thought we did some good things beside not shooting it,” he said. “We practiced it this week, so it’s a start. I think there’s some positive things tonight. Hopefully we can get better off of it and get some production to reflect it.

“It’s early in the preseason, and we just practiced it for the first time going into today’s game. We’ll look to get a little confidence going into the regular season.”