Blackhawks Come Back, Stun Kings

The Hawks went to Hollywood, so of course they followed the usual script.

Score first.

Then get completely dominated for 20 minutes in the second period. And go to the third looking up at a 3-1 deficit.

But… Saturday wasn’t the usual tuck-tail-and-go-home-in-one-piece effort from the Blackhawks.

Chicago was being out-shot 25-15 after 40 minutes and looked like their usual dumpster fire.

But… Saturday was different.

Jordan Oesterle scored the Hawks’ first goal in the first period, and blocked a shot that would have easily gone into a wide open net late in the second period to keep the score 3-1. That blocked shot would prove to be enormous.

Drew Doughty lost his mind at 8:32 into the third and turned a hooking penalty into four minutes in the box; he hooked Erik Gustafsson and then earned an unsportsmanlike conduct minor with his extensive vocabulary. During the second half of the four-minute advantage, Artem Anisimov slammed home a rebound to cut the lead to one.

Four minutes later, Vinnie Hinostroza tied the game at three. His seventh of the season was unassisted and the Kings appeared to be in shock that the lifeless Blackhawks were actually pushing back.

Tanner Pearson hooked Connor Murphy at 17:25 and sweet potatoes and baby marshmallows the Blackhawks scored a second power play goal in one game (not month – game). Jonathan Toews missiled one home for his 17th of the season and a huge game-winner.

Patrick Kane scored into the empty net with three seconds left in the game to make the final score 5-3.

As the Kings battle for a playoff spot, this is an absolutely stunning punch to the gut for LA.

Toews had a three-point third period (one goal, two assists). The Captain also had a team-high four shots on net and won 10 of 22 faceoffs.

Toews played most of the day on the “nuclear line” option with Brandon Saad and Kane. Saad also put four shots on net and missed with three more. Kane had a three-point third period as well.

Duncan Keith had a terrible game with three giveaways, two of which turned immediately into Kings goals. He was minus-three.

Oesterle skated only 13:42 but led the Hawks with four blocked shots.

25 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Back, Stun Kings

  1. Didn’t see the whole game but what I saw in the third the Hawks speed (yes speed) seemed to be giving the Kings all sorts of problems.

    But Duncan Keith – wow woof. The vets on this team have taken turns being completely horrible. If that doesn’t change next year the rebuild will take a lot longer.

  2. Q finally loaded up the 27 million dollar line and,.,.,..,.,,.,freeking won a road game .

    Amazing what happens when the P.P. works .

  3. Until the hawks are officially eliminated i cant help but pray for a hawks comeback and enjoy these games. I dont need them to win the cup but id gladly welcome a playoff spot over a higher draft pick.

  4. Good bounce back game for Dahlstrom after the Danny Richmond like -4 against San Jose.

    Much better today.

  5. Good for morale to win one, but the lottery is coming up so let’s not make a habit of it.

  6. Well here I am again….I’m either here to bitch about how bad they played in a loss or complain about how a win gives them lower odds for a high draft pick. Today is the latter even though I’m still able to bitch about the former alongside the latter.

  7. Am conflicted. Want a high pick but exhilarated to see a great come-back performance like the Hawks of old. OK. How about this compromise: The Hawks play remaining games closely, losing by one goal, mainly because of poor goaltending, who won’t be on the team next year anyway.

  8. Original 6, that’s why Ive been celebrating and enjoying the games we play good and we won most of those (WAS, SNJ, OTT shootout, LA) and who cares about others/lopsided scores. Were in a transition yr, so were actually doing good in terms of that. That’s is to have a good % for top 3 pick (with really only having 7th-9th predraw pick)

    God is there anything worse then being LA, ANA, STL who have their rosters still intact and 2 of them might not make playoffs with having a normal roster. That’s why I want to throw games to COL, CAL and DAL and beat those teams.

    Your right, were going to have a good team again in 19, so its better to be pick 5or6 predraw then 7-9. It might not make a difference though. As we might get the same player and the one we want anyways.

    Were going to make some moves at draft and summer. Then get meat and potatoes with good young fast players to fill out roster. I fully expect a turnaround like BOS had after two yrs of transition. (and we will have more good young players then they got/which is 4)

  9. I liked the defensive pairings yesterday. Gustafson plays better with Seabs and Dahlstrom and Osterle were OK together. I thought Murphy was physical and looked good. Keith made should have two more assists since he set up 2 LA goals. We jump on Seabrook all the time but always give Keith a pass to me he needs to step up his game. Less minutes would help him. Great to see the Hawks come back and win nice to see the guys able to smile!

  10. Didn’t see the game but these type of games are the reason to think with the right off season decisions there is potentual for a quick turnaround. Finding an experienced impact Dman to lighten Keiths minutes plus hopefully working Jokiharju into a top 4 spot by seasons end would make a big difference. Also a healthy Crow with a backup goalie who is dependable has to be must too.

  11. A healthy Crawford is not a given at all by October. This concussion, vertigo, head injury thing sounds much much deeper than something physical.

    There is no telling that 6 months from now as the Hawks get ready for training camp, that he will be 100 % physically and mentally ready to go.

    We can only hope. However, Stan needs a plan.

  12. Good post Ian – I’m feeling optimistic about next year as well. I think at least one good D man is critical and I think they’ll get that done. Forsberg will probably be the back up – he’s good as long as he can get rid of those set goals (easier said than done?)

    I like the current top 2 lines – hopefully Sikura signs to play 3rd line lots to choose from between Kampf, Hayden, Highmore (who I see here next year), Jurco, Ejdsell (possibly), Wingels (maybe)

    AA probably stays to centre 3rd line

    It’s upgrading the D that’s priority #1 but the right move or moved there and I think we’re a good team again assuming CC is good to go by September

  13. Crawford may not be back. His situation is worse than what is being disclosed by the organization. If he returns, he will never be the workhorse that he used to be and he is very injury-prone.

    Bottom-line: The Hawks have no starter or NHL backup. Forsberg is an AHL goalie and will unlikely develop into something equivalent as a Raanta, Emory, or Darling.

    Prediction: Hawks draft one G in within first 3 rounds and trade for one by the draft, or sign a FA in July. You build from the net out and this is what I expect to happen.

    Look what happened to Dallas while they delayed getting a quality G in Bishop. Excellent team with terrible Gs in Lehtonen and Niemi, and therefore went nowhere in the playoffs.

  14. Corrected grammar.

    Crawford may not be back. His situation is worse than what is being disclosed by the organization. If he returns, he will never be the workhorse that he used to be and is very injury-prone.

    Bottom-line: The Hawks have no starter or NHL backup. Forsberg is an AHL goalie and will unlikely develop into something equivalent as a Raanta, Emory, or Darling.

    Prediction: Hawks draft one G within first 3 rounds and trade for one by the draft, or sign a FA in July. You build from the net out and this is what I expect to happen.

    Look what happened to Dallas while they delayed getting a quality G in Bishop. Excellent team with terrible Gs in Lehtonen and Niemi, and therefore went nowhere in the playoffs.

  15. Keep in mind that when drafting goalies they are typically at least 4 years away from playing in the NHL. We definitely need a Plan B for the near future.

  16. Lets give Crawford some time and see how things go before we rush to write him off. Yes a dependable backup is a must. There is lots of ways to address issues if they happen to be that unfortunate. There is pre and regular season ltir and trade possibilities that allow room for the worst.

  17. That’s why if Crow is ready no need to play the rest of the games, have him play around 5 games so people donot make it worse then it is/sounds all summer long. If we donot add a starter goalie during summer then Crows prob fine. If we do then fuck I lose my blouse.

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