Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored two goals with 1:41 left to force overtime, and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winner 1:53 into overtime for a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday afternoon at Honda Center.
Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 18 games with a secondary assist on Keith's game-tying goal, and the Hawks improved to 3-1-1 on their annual Circus Trip.
Kane matched former Hawk Eddie Olcyzk and Phil Kessel for the longest NHL point streak by an American-born player.
Corey Crawford was in net,Teuvo Teravainen was back in the lineup and the newly minted line of Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt got the start for the Blackhawks.
The Hawks looked slow at the outset and one minute into the first period the Ducks caught the Hawks during a change which resulted in a breakaway goal from Andrew Cogliano for a 1-0 lead. Halfway through the first period the Ducks were out hitting the Hawks and kept them from getting pucks in deep, Turnovers and sloppy play put pressure on Crawford, who made some amazing saves to keep the visitors close.
After back-to-back penalties by Patrick Maroon and Sami Vatanen, the Hawks had the man advantage for four minutes, but managed only one shot on goal. The Ducks did a good job taking away space from the Hawks and at times there seemed to be twice as many orange jerseys on the ice as white ones. As the period wound down, Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews dropped the gloves. Separated before any punches were thrown, both were sent to the box for two minute roughing minors. After a lackluster period, the Ducks led 1-0 with the Hawks holding a slight edge on shots 9-8.
The second period started with more of the same for the Hawks; sluggish skating and errant passing. Kane drew a hooking penalty two minutes in, and the Hawks had their third power play of the game. League leaders on the penalty kill, the Ducks gave up nothing once again, though the Hawks got some better looks this time around.
A minute later, Andrew Shaw took a run at Ryan Kesler and was sent to the box for slashing. Seconds after the kill, and in the midst of another Hawks line change, Chris Stewart buried one for Anaheim pushing the lead to 2-0. Halfway through the period, the Hawks line of Panarin-Kane-Anisimov put together a dominant shift in the offensive zone but came up empty. The remainder of the period yielded little in the way of quality chances for the Blackhawks with the exception of a breakaway by Kane that was turned away by John Gibson in the final minute and a half of the period.
The Hawks turned in a great penalty kill to open the period and then found themselves on the kill again at the 15 minute mark as Shaw was sent to the box for tripping, The Hawks again turned in a strong kill and went back to the business of trying to gain some momentum. Coupled with strong play by Crawford, the Hawks defense looked strong in the first half of the third period but the offensive continued to struggle. No sustained time in the offensive zone and no bodies in front of the next equals no goals in the first 50 minutes of play.
Coach Quenneville threw some new line combinations out on the ice looking for a spark, but the Hawks did not register a shot on goal in the first 11 minutes of the third period. With seven minutes left the Hawks made a strong push, still with little success getting pucks to the net. Finally, with only 100 seconds to go, and the Hawks on the power play, Hossa cut the lead in half with a beautiful shot from the point. Seconds later, Kane extended his point streak to 18 games with an assist on the game-tying goal from Keith and it was time for some three-on-three hockey. Artem Anisimov scored 1:53 into overtime lifting the Hawks to an unbelievable win after a grueling afternoon where the Hawks played from behind until the final three minutes of regulation.
The Blackhawks close out their six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at the Staples Center.
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Johnny Be Good
Like many Hawks fan, I would love to see Toews drop the likes of Ryan Kesler or Joe Thornton or David Backes. Just the thought brings a smile to my face. However, cooler heads must prevail. A serious injury to our captain, be it a broken bone or worse, a concussion, would cost this team far more than the momentary satisfaction of seeing a nasty foe bloodied on the ice. It's time for Toews to go back to scoring goals and putting pretty passes on his teammates sticks. Can we not find anyone else on this team to fill the "enforcer" role? Where, oh where, is Dan Carcillo when you need him?
It's going to be a long season if the Hawks can't put some winning streaks together. Other than the second line, there has been no consistency in any facet of the Hawks offensive game this season. From the juggling of lines to the inability to put together a winning streak, the Hawks don't seem to be able to get their skates under them this year. It's difficult to build consistency with so many new faces, but with points at a premium in the Central Division every single night, there is no time to waste.
Sometimes down, but never out