The Blackhawks got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday night, falling to the Los Angeles Kings in overtime by a score of 3-2 after leading 2-0 going into the third period. The loss comes a night after they overcame a 2-0 deficit to the Anaheim Ducks and won 3-2 in overtime. It's their first loss when leading after two periods since the start of last season.
The first period of this one saw a lot of exciting back and forth play between the two teams from the very beginning. Before the game was even a minute old, Patrick Kane had a great scoring chance after a nice feed from Artemi Panarin, but was foiled by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Kane would eventually get his goal, though, and it was a good one.
With Chicago on the power play with about nine minutes left, Duncan Keith made a nice little poke to keep the Kings from getting the puck and clearing the zone. The puck found Kane and he ripped it past Quick for a goal to extending his point streak to 19 games, breaking the NHL record for a point streak by an American player. Here's a look at the goal:
Patrick Kane scores, sets new point streak for American-born player (19 games) pic.twitter.com/UKyiiMVGUP— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 29, 2015
Chicago took the 1-0 lead from Kane's goal into the first intermission.
The second period was dominated by the Kings. Los Angeles started the period on the power play and spent a lot of the period in its offensive zone after that as well. The Kings outshot the Hawks, 12-8, in the period, but Scott Darling was equal to all of their attempts. The only goal of the period came from Chicago as Niklas Hjalmarsson ripped a howitzer of a slapshot to beat Quick over the glove and double the Blackhawks' lead. They took a 2-0 advantage into the third period.
Early on in the third, though, things looked much like they did in the second. The Kings got off to a hot start and Jeff Carter got them on the board with a hell of a goal on which Darling had no shot at a save. The Kings continued to generate some good chances throughout the period, but Darling came up big on multiple occasions. But with five minutes remaining, Tanner Pearson beat Darling after a nice feed from Anze Kopitar. The game would go to overtime tied at two apiece.
The overtime period was, in a word, exciting. Both teams went back and forth with scoring chance after scoring chance, with the goalies making great saves on both ends. Finally, though, Marian Gaborik ripped one past Darling and the Kings completed the comeback.
The Blackhawks next game is on Tuesday as they'll return home to host the Minnesota Wild. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
One, Two, Tree Thoughts
Patrick Kane is very able
Kane played at an MVP level last season up until breaking his collarbone in late March. He's already outplaying himself this year. The superstar winger has a 19-game point streak, three games away from tying the Blackhawks' all-time longest point streak at 22. If he continues to play as he has recently, he shouldn't have a problem getting there. Kane is easily the most dominant player on the ice every time he is out there, driving play and creating scoring chances on seemingly every shift. While he's unlikely to reach Wayne Gretzky's ridiculous 53-game point streak, Kane is playing at unbelievable pace right now and it's fun to see.
Time to reunite Toews and Hossa
Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa have been somewhat of an inseparable duo on the Blackhawks' top line in the past few years, but Coach Q has sometimes split them up when things aren't going well for his team. He did so after the Blackhawks lost to Calgary in the second game of this Circus Trip. However, Toews has been strapped with Andrew Shaw and Ryan Garbutt ever since, essentially making him little more than a fourth-line center who plays a lot. He's been unable to drive play the way he wants and what plays he does attempt to make, his teammates are incapable of finishing. It's time to get Toews and Hossa back together and make the Hawks' top line a real NHL top line again.
An incredible trend ruined
This is the Blackhawks' first loss when leading after two periods in a long, long time. Since the start of last season, they were an incredible 42-0-0 when leading after two periods going into today's play. While they still got a point out of this one and finished the Circus Trip with a respectable 3-1-2 record, it's still disappointing to lose this game and that streak.