It wasn’t pretty but the Blackhawks earned their second victory of the 2019-20 season. And they did it with Dave Bolland in the house.
Bolland was honored before the puck dropped and he was needed in the first period. The Hawks were terribly outplayed in the opening 20 minutes. However, a late period goal from Drake Cagguila gave Chicago a 1-0 lead after one period.
The assists on the Cagguila goal went to Alex DeBrincat and Calvin de Haan.
Columbus out-shot the Hawks 15-11 in the first period and carried the majority of the play.
Making matters worse, the Hawks had a two-man advantage for the final 66 seconds of the first period and did nothing with it. The Hawks had 54 seconds carry over into the beginning of the second period and that was wasted as well.
The Jackets had two power plays in the second but the Hawks killed them both. Columbus held an 11-8 shot advantage in the second period and Pierre-Luc Dubois tied the game.
After 40 minutes the Blackhawks were getting outplayed by a team that at .500 on the season with a rookie goaltender between the pipes who allowed seven goals in his NHL debut.
Markus Nutivaara gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 2:55 into the third period. But the Hawks came back with a better effort. Seth Jones went to the box for tripping Andrew Shaw and the Blackhawks took advantage. DeBrincat sniped home a tying goal while on the power play.
Regulation ended with the game tied at two and the Hawks were getting out-shot badly. But Robin Lehner was good enough to earn a single point and take the game to overtime.
Early in overtime Patrick Kane put a shot on Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins that didn’t go in but Jonathan Toews crashed the net and knocked it in to win the game.
Chicago picked up the second point with the captain’s first goal of the new year.
Kane had assists on the DeBrincat and Toews goals for a two-point night. He also led the game with nine shots on net.
Toews won 11 of 19 faceoffs with the game-winning goal. David Kampf won only one of eight at the dot.
Andrew Shaw was credited with six hits and was a wrecking ball the entire night. He finished tied for the team lead in hits with Calvin de Haan.
de Haan had one assist and two blocked shots as well.
Alex Nylander found himself stapled to the bench again. He was credited with one hit and zero shots on net in 7:29.
The Blackhawks are beginning one of their busiest stretches in the early season. After playing five games in 14 days the Hawks will play six times in the next 10 days.