Blackhawks Come Back Late, Fall To Wild In OT

The Blackhawks game into Tuesday night’s game appearing to be headed in the right direction. Minnesota, on the other hand, had struggled over the past month.

So of course the Hawks were a no-show in the first period.

Minnesota out-shot the Blackhawks 12-4 in the opening 20 minutes. Neither team scored, thanks in large part to Corey Crawford being terrific.

Chicago wasn’t as lucky in the second period. Though both teams put 10 shots on net, only two went in. And both were off the stick of Kevin Fiala, the first an even strength marker almost four minutes into the period and the second a power play goal with just under five minutes left in the period.

Jonathan Toews collided with Alex Stalock and Minnesota’s netminder was flat on the ice for a few moments. It appeared the contact was with Stalock’s head and he looked to be in a bad spot, but somehow he stayed in the game. Apparently there are no concussion specialists in the State of Hockey.

The Hawks were flat for 40 minutes and need some bounce.

So Jeremy Colliton threw the lines back into the blender to open the third period and the offense woke up. It wasn’t the usual suspects sparking the comeback, however.

Rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist got the Hawks on the board at 6:23 into the second.

Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad picked up assists on Boqvist’s third career goal.

A few minutes later Kirby Dach undressed Jonas Brodin and almost converted a highlight reel goal. Unfortunately Stalock was able to make a save on the gorgeous move.

Chicago was able to tie the game 10 minutes after Boqvist’s goal. The Hawks’ second goal also came from a defenseman. Olli Maatta ripped home his fourth of the season thanks to a great screen from Alex DeBrincat.

Dach and Erik Gustafsson were credited with the assists on Maatta’s goal.

After having little/no offense and 14 total shots on net over the first two periods, the Hawks out-shot the Wild 15-7 in the third. Crawford made some big saves down the stretch to keep the game tied and the game went to overtime.

The first two minutes of overtime were hectic. The puck was flying up and down the ice but Minnesota was the only team getting the puck on net. At 2:21 into the extra session Matt Dumba was able to get a puck past Crawford and end the game, giving Minnesota a 3-2 win.

Dach skated 17:30 with one assist but won only one of four faceoffs.

David Kampf led all Chicago forwards with four shots on net and was the Hawks’ best in the faceoff circle, winning eight of 12 in 14:46 on the ice.

Jonathan Toews won 11 of 25 faceoffs and skated 20:12. Patrick Kane put three shots on net in 20:22. Kane’s point streak ended, but Saad picked up an assist to stay hot.

Connor Murphy skated 21:02 and finished tied with Kampf for the team lead with four shots on net. He was also tied with Maatta for the team lead with two blocked shots.

Boqvist was pretty good all night. He skated 18:49 with a team-leading three hits and a goal.

47 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Back Late, Fall To Wild In OT

  1. Crawford outstanding again. Some brilliant saves. He was on his ‘A’ game again. Kept them in the game.

    How about Gustafson back w Kane on the first unit power play? Boqvist has been good 5-on-5, but the power play w him at the point isn’t cutting it. As bad as the Hawks played the first two periods, they might win the game w solid power play instead of inept one.

    Lucky to get a point tonight, let’s hope Lehner is focused and well rested tomorrow. Lastly, that Fiala is annoying. He doesn’t do jack against most teams except Hawks. Boudreau lay off the buffet please.

  2. Didn’t deserve 2 points tonight after two lacklustre periods and a ridiculously bad OT against a desperate MIN team but we’ll take the single point and hopefully they bring some intensity from opening FO tomorrow vs BOS unlike tonight

    One of the worst games from Kane I’ve seen this year

    Hawks couldn’t win a FO in OT to save their lives – so they hardly ever had the puck

    Anytime Gus is traded is a good time

    Boquist and Dach leading the charge back – gotta love that

    Another great game from CC

  3. When a team plays 1 period of Hockey this is what you get.What the Hawks should be most upset about is the Wild are bad.Good god,if it was not for Fiala skating circles around Toews and the Hawks defense while potting a couple the Hawks might have gotten away with the poor effort.Anybody remember Parise,Koivu,Staal,Zucker doing anything of consequence all night? On the Hawks side 8,20,88 were pretty much nullified all night so I guess it evened out.Hawks were killed in the faceoff circles for 2 and half periods and their goalie actually had to clear the front of his own net a few times.13 Minutes in the 1st=No Shots on Goal.How does that happen?After all the time off I would think they would be itching to get after it.Lets hope they realize what is coming in tomorrow night.That team has a long memory and will embarrass them in a hurry.”Saad picked up an assist to stay hot”.Give me a break.

  4. Toews got his ass handed to him by Fiala tonight. Kane was barely noticeable, except when he made absolutely no effort to challenge Dumba on the overtime winner. Still waiting for Debrincat to prove he was worth that extension he got last off season. Dach and Boqvist getting better each game. Lucky to steal a point tonight against a garbage team. They put out an effort like that against Boston tomorrow, the Bruins will score a touchdown.

  5. The first period was pathetic for the Hawks. Half their 4 shots on goal were the equivalent of dump ins that went on goal. Thank goodness, Crow was great.

    Crow left himself wide open on the Wolves’ second goal and the semi-knuckleball got through on the PP. KooKoo was serving a penalty but the penalty wasn’t that bad. At least KooKoo was trying to move the opponent out of the crease. In the past, there was no push back on players standing in the crease. Crow would like to have that one back, but he was good, as always.

    Saad had the brain cramp of the year when he passed up the open net in order to pass the puck behind Kane. But he’s been great lately, so you shrug your shoulders and hope he doesn’t do it again, although he did it a second time, but with a goalie in the net. It wasn’t as bad as the first.

    The PP was poor tonight. It barely even sniffed a good opportunity.

    They fought back hard, as has been the pattern lately. However, the horrid start was not acceptable and was really aggravating to watch. But they have character and never give up.

    DeBrincat had a couple decent chances that he shot over the net. When you are pressing like he is, nothing goes right.

    The Hawks missed a lot of tip in opportunities. That is the bad news. The good news is that they have people in front of the net attempting tips. Carpenter missed a couple and Saad missed one. That said, watching pro hockey players tip in pucks is amazing. I always wonder how they can do it. We have not had to hear the dreaded “We need more net front presence,” in quite a while. They are there in front. Maybe Colliton has zero tolerance for no net front presence. Q used to put up with it and then comment on it after the game.

    There is no justice in hockey. Toews hits the crossbar and out in OT and Minnesota hits the crossbar and in. The OT was exciting as they usually are. Yes, it’s a gimmick but a fun gimmick.

  6. This was one of those frustrating games to watch: passes just missed, pucks jumping over sticks, everybody a bit out of synch. Kane looked more than a bit disinterested for much of the game. Strome and DCat consistently missed the right plays. Consistently. Painful.

    But, to get a point on a bad night is a positive; they didn’t give up and almost stole two.

  7. Okie Hawks Fan,Amen!!! Very well said.I also had thoughts of a Boston touchdown tomorrow running through my mind as that half ass effort progressed.

  8. Blackhawks credited with 9 hits 5 on 5, Boqvist 3, Gus 2 and Kane 1. No much intensity most of the game. After tying it urgency seem to disappear again. If Dach had of finished on his rush be watching over and over on highlight reels. Him and Boqvist definitely most fun to watch now. Crawford definitely at the top of his game. Whole team better be ready tomorrow night.

  9. I remember in the first 25, when we were shitty, after a couple off games we had top 5/10 teams coming up and people saying we would get killed and we won some of those games.

    It was a long layover-10 days? and we played with good energy/jump in first game. Now were in the, rusty too many days off, mode for a game. Its like when you go skiing for the first time or climb a mountain, you have more energy then you thought for the first time out, then your feeling it during the 2nd time out. Just happens.

    No matter what happens in the BOS game, they blow us out or we blow them out or its close. Its how we play after these 3 games in 4 days right after 10 days off, is what determines where were at and is key.

    Just like when people said it doesnt matter when we beat a top 5 team, if we cant win the next game against NJ. Well it didnt matter if we beat NJ or not because we went on a 12-5 run after that. So to me its the strtech of games after these 3in4/after the BOS game that I want to see.

  10. Give Coach Colliton credit.His assessment of the teams effort was the one that was honest.Not this B.S. that the Wild were desperate and came at us hard.Crawford,Boqvist Dach and Murphy gave an honest effort.The rest phoned it in.

  11. Get Crawford to waive is NTC and trade him while he is playing good. You can move Maata and MAYBE Keith to the Panthers. Trade Gus for a bag of pucks. AGAIN, he gave the puck away on the winning goal.

    Please don’t get sucked into the hype of the Canadien radio that the Hawks are a “scary team if they make the playoffs”. Free up all the money you can and re-sign Lehner and get some “difference makers”.

    Get an NHL ready coach and a GM that knows what an NHL player looks like and can sign a contract WITHOUT a “no trade clause”.

  12. Reg-

    Florida has no cap space. Even if Keith were willing to be traded to them, the Panthers would have to trade one of their higher priced players with an expiring contract for it to work or make sense for both teams. The only player that has roughly the same cap hit as Keith is Mike Hoffman, and the Hawks would still have to eat some of Keith’s hit for this season for it to work, and the Panthers probably don’t wanna trade Hoffman anyway.

    Gus should’ve been traded last deadline or ar the very least last offseason. He’s just a mess in his own end. Sux about the Wild game, cuz he actually had a pretty decent game until that overtime turnover. Toews had a brutal game, and Kane looked disinterested, as he does a handful of times a season.

    Colliton is fine. Not his fault he got saddled with a mediocre roster and has 3 guys on LTIR, although I bet if Seabrook had been shelved earlier they’d be in a better position. Losing him was addition by subtraction. deDaan’s injury is what really stings, and Shaw’s to a lesser extent. I’m impressed this team is even in the playoff conversation with all the injuries, shoddy defense, weak bottom 6 most of the season, abs Debrincat being a complete non factor scoring wise.

  13. Agree can’t lose focus on future. Possible though the Tdl may involve moving players on expiring contracts who aren’t part of the future. Gus, a goalie and maybe Cagguila if not going to resign him. Not a knock on Cagguila but to qualify him they galf to offer 1.5m and if he doesn’t accept, arbitration is possibility so decisions on a tight cap next season will need to be made. Maatta may depend on Seabrook and Dehaans projected return or not returning. Don’t see a tdl firesale though unless they have bad stretch heading up to it. Be alot moves maybe heading up to and at draft.

  14. Thing is if you eat salary on a contract that runs veyond this season, you have it until contract expires, so creates new issues for next season.
    If Panthers can get off ltir they can create deadline space by only needing to have enough room for remaining caphit this season then.

  15. Dunlop, agree with your trade proposals. This team is not playoff ready yet. They will have difficulty with those big-heavy teams come playoff time. Defense is not ready for prime time.

  16. Okie, a weak bottom six, really. they have been strong most of the year. It is the top 2 lines that need to produce as we got nothing from them yesterday in goals.

    this one is for reg dunlop/hawk4 life/ Ian/Playball, As hawks fans, you are within points of making the playoffs. It is a very tight race between 5 teams for 2 spots. We have solid Goaltending, a good bottom six, an ok DEF that lost DeHaan, and 6 really good scorers. Dach and Boqvist have been playing extremely well lately. Gus and KK have been really good as well.

    The hawks have $10+M in Cap space and could use another winger and/or a top 4 DEF. I say ride this as far as we can and hope we get in the pacfic wild card as long as we dont face Vegas. We can beat the other pacific teams in best of 7. See who makes it to the Conference Final. I do hope the hawks add a few pieces without giving up our future. I dont think we can wait 3-5 years for a draft prospect to make an impact on this team. They dont have many years left with Toews/Kane and company.

  17. I also forgot to add, the Hawks getting 3 points was really good considering how much time they had off. last night showed, hopefully they can beat Boston with the back up goalie in.

  18. Hawks In 2020, i would be all for picking up a player who can help this season but also beyond too. If planing on moving on from one goalie, maybe eat salary, move a younger player not in their plans anymore like a Sikura too and get a good young forward back without losing any future potential sure. If Strome not a center in top 6 plans, maybe a team like Oilers needing 2ndary scoring help and limited space, a package deal to bring back a blocked Bouchard or complimentary blueline piece who can step in now and be a mainstay, if those kind of moves are there to be made.
    As far as sending picks for a Kovalchuk type rental move, no don’t want to see those kind of moves.

  19. Do agree they need to start moving in the standings soon and get some playoff hockey under these young players belts, waiting too long is going to hurt their chances.

  20. I didn’t see much of the game but I saw the 1st period and that was not good. I turned it back on just in time to see Maatta tie it up late in the 3rd and OT.

    Sometimes I’m upset/angry after a loss and other times I feel deflated – for me, that was a deflating loss. Deflating as in the energy being zapped out of me to where I have no energy left to even have a thought on the game.

    The good news is there is a game tonight which will get my juices going again. Hoping for the best.

  21. Ian,As sound as a plan to trade Strome to a real playoff team needing offense is ,you and I both know that he isn’t going anywhere.He has the Debrincat Buddy teflon protecting him.Along with it would make the trade with Arizona look not so good anymore.That Kamph-Debrincat-Strome experiment is not working so I would imagine that it will be Kirby Dachs job to get them going tonight.

  22. re: “they need to start moving in the standings soon”

    Records since Dec 1
    Blackhawks: 15-9-2 – 32 pts
    Dallas: 15-8-2 – 32 pts
    St. Louis: 14-9-2 – 30 pts
    Nashville: 13-10-2 – 28 pts
    Colorado: 12-8-4 – 28 pts
    Minnesota: 12-11-2 – 24 pts
    Winnipeg: 9-13-4 – 22 pts

    Since Jan 1
    Blackhawks: 7-4-1 – 15 pts
    Nashville: 7-5-1 – 15 pts
    Dallas: 7-4-1 – 15 pts
    St. Louis: 6-4-2 – 14 pts
    Colorado: 5-3-2 – 12 pts
    Winnipeg: 4-7-2 – 10 pts
    Minnesota: 4-5-1 – 9 pts

  23. Yes,that is a very nice graphic on the surge by the Hawks but it further illustrates Ian,s point that if they get horsed by a jacked up Bruins team tonight they will find themselves in 11th place in the conference preparing for a western Canada gauntlet of playoff teams.

  24. Anyone who watched last nights game and thinks that not a precursor to what is coming is whistling in the graveyard.Head over to the Mark Lazerus world where it is sunshine and lollipops.

  25. I watched last night’s first 2 periods and it was harder than watching the SOTU speech. That 3rd period was a different team. Then Goals throttled them in OT. This team has always had problems when there’s a long break. Was just a weird game to watch. Colliton did some line juggling and that sparked something. 19 and 88 sucked. Both sucking at the same time is rather flukey. We’ve seen this team this year play good games for stretches gainst good teams. Then absolutely shit the bed against bad teams.

  26. Rusty,I think your theory is going to get a test tonight.I have been wrong before but my gut tells me to avert your eyes.It may get ugly.

  27. Next 6 games, as i said before will say alot about the rest of the year. Yes the overall play has improved but still don’t see a team ready to be consistent enough to be a factor this season. Too many turnovers when in offensive end of ice turn into odd man rushes. When other teams win a faceoff in Blackhawks end, it seems teams easily execute their plays while Blackhawks players waste time running around identifying there man to cover. Turnovers in own end, players hustle to provide support and trailer is wide open in high slot. There just doesn’t seem to be answers or checks and balances, doing what their suppose to do in this system. Until some of those things addressed don’t see the needed consistency. Fiala’s room out there last night another story.

  28. tim and rusty.

    a couple of days ago lazerus referred to adb as a great player and that caggiula had found a home for himself on the first line.

    i like adb, but he is light years from being a great player and caggiula on his best day is a fourth liner. i sometimes think lazerus is on the hawks payroll. or very stupid.

    those who were disappointed with kane’s effort on the gwg should not be surprised. i would not say that it is often his effort is like that, but it certainly isn’t rare either. he just wasn’t interested in participating defensively on that goal.

  29. @Gus – I seriously cannot wait for the Hawks to trade this guy. I have always given him the benefit of the doubt, but now I realize that he doesn’t have poise. He is just mentally over-matched to play this game in crunch time, and he is as physical as Pee Wee Herman in a movie theater. I was just wondering if Carolina would trade Gustav Forsling for Gus, at least Foreskin had a better nickname and some toughness.

  30. RE: moving up the standings. Hawks earned three points in the last two games, but also gave up three points. In one game they gave up a two goal lead and in another the overcame it. It’s tough to gain ground when you leak points to the teams you are chasing and who are chasing you…

    If this team can continue the point production since December, they are likely to ,ove up the standings. However, It would be nice if they could finish more wins in regulation. It’s great when they come back to steal a point, but it hurts a lot more when they leak those OT points unnecessarily…

  31. Ian

    I agree w/ next week at this time, will could likely have a better idea who this team is.

    Have they improved enough to be an actual play off contender?

    Or an average team just having a good run?

    In a month, will I be looking at the NHL standings every morning over breakfast or will I be once again pondering how the hell JC can have a job.

    I don’t know.

  32. I am not a 24/7 optimist but was struck by the tone of many comments. It was only a couple of months ago that many of us feared the worst – a horrible team with aging uninspired leaders, lack of any real young talent, cringing at the thought of Dach and Boqvist “learning” at the NHL level and being led by an unproven, inexperienced coach. At its worst I would have laughed at any suggestion of making the playoffs. I believe in multiple posts I commented that we were the worst team in the league with a real shot at the first overall pick. I don’t expect to win the 4th cup this year and making the playoffs is a long shot, however I believe significant progress has been made in the last two months to brighten the future. The team has hung together through some really tough times, the aging veterans are playing at a pretty high level and there is real talent in some of the young guys. I will go out on a limb and say the decline of the last few years may have bottomed and we are beginning to move in a positive direction. I hope I don’t have to eat those words.

    Regarding last night we played very poorly for two periods and should be happy to get a point. Despite what others have said about the Wild, they have a lot of veterans and play a solid, structured game. When you spot them two goals at home where they control match-ups chances are you are going to lose. Folks have commented about the number of recent wins against non playoff teams. I maintain that the NHL is much closer to the NFL than MLB or NBA. In otherwords every win should be enjoyed because on any given night one team can beat another. Would love to see us take it to the Bruins tonight – a nice way to head on a huge road trip.

  33. The rumor of the day is that the Oilers have backed out of the Kreider sweepstakes and the Hawks and Penguins are now the frontrunners.The Oilers are after Hoffman.

  34. What? The rumor is the Hawks are after Kreider? Contractually it isn’t a problem because he’s on an expiring contract so if it doesn’t cost the Hawks much I would be OK with it … but, if they were going to acquire someone, and I’m not advocating they do, I would think top-4 d-man would be a higher priority than winger.

  35. These are the kind of trades we need to add at deadline and I am fine with a top 4 Defensemen add if staying longer then 20 games/and if were not adding Muzzin anyways.

    Hawks In 2020, i would be all for picking up a player who can help this season but also beyond too. If planing on moving on from one goalie, maybe eat salary, move a younger player not in their plans anymore like a Sikura too and get a good young forward back without losing any future potential sure. If Strome not a center in top 6 plans, maybe a team like Oilers needing 2ndary scoring help and limited space, a package deal to bring back a blocked Bouchard or complimentary blueline piece who can step in now and be a mainstay, if those kind of moves are there to be made.
    As far as sending picks for a Kovalchuk type rental move, no don’t want to see those kind of moves.

  36. This is why I think, even though were are good enough to make playoffs and we are a 6 type of seed-this yr. We do not have the system stuff down pat yet and we need guys like 44 and the good ufa players were going to add this summer, to go along with more young wavers.

    Next 6 games, as i said before will say alot about the rest of the year. Yes the overall play has improved but still don’t see a team ready to be consistent enough to be a factor this season. Too many turnovers when in offensive end of ice turn into odd man rushes. When other teams win a faceoff in Blackhawks end, it seems teams easily execute their plays while Blackhawks players waste time running around identifying there man to cover. Turnovers in own end, players hustle to provide support and trailer is wide open in high slot. There just doesn’t seem to be answers or checks and balances, doing what their suppose to do in this system. Until some of those things addressed don’t see the needed consistency. Fiala’s room out there last night another story.

  37. What this yr showed for us is we are that close, record wise-with a shitty 3-6-1 start. Also that only STL looks like a top team-standings wise. Every other team is close except for the shit teams.

    Which means we add some good ufa players/trade for players-the kind we need and have more young wave be NHL ready-Mitch Barratt to add to 27 77 8, were starting to look good roster wise. Get 44 back or add Muzzin.

    Even though standings only have STL as a top team, I would say STL COL and maybe DAL or VEG are good. So once we get our roster adjusted this summer, were right there next in line at the 5 seed spot. What I am surprised about is how far NAS SJ WIN have fallen that fast.

    I want a top 5/10 roster to play playoffs with, not this. Were close 2020 and I still route to win, though I want the better roster that we are getting this summer/fall, and go from there. Be better for the next 5 yrs starting next yr.

  38. I do not think we gave any pts away in the 1-0-1, because if we make playoffs MIN isint going to be anywhere near making it. ARI could be right there with us, if were close then.

    The almighty VEG should watch out, if ARI CHI NAS outplay them the rest of the way, VEG will be the team that doesnt make it.

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