The Blackhawks got four power play chances and put 29 shots on net, but weren’t able to beat Cam Talbot.
The Rangers put 36 shots on net, and Corey Crawford was able to keep 35 of them out of the net. Unfortunately, the first shot of the overtime period cost the Blackhawks a second point on Sunday night.
Crawford did all he could to keep his team in the game, making acrobatic saves throughout the game. Chicago out out-shot 16-8 in the first period and 14-8 in the third, but Crawford was up to the task. Unfortunately, a Derick Brassard blast beat him only 32 seconds into overtime to bring the game to a sudden close.
Brassard’s goal came on the first shift of the overtime, which saw coach Joel Quenneville showing a great deal of confidence in top prospect Teuvo Teravainen. Quenneville sent Teravainen out to start the OT with Jonathan Toews after his best game in the NHL. He skated 17:11 in the game and was credited with three shots on net and one takeaway but over-committed defensively in the overtime period, affording Brassard too much space to fire the game-winner past Crawford.
Quenneville mixed up his bottom six again in the game, putting Daniel Carcillo on his third line with Brad Richards and Patrick Sharp to start the game. Sharp led the Hawks with four shots on net, but skated only 12:49 while Richards won four of only seven faceoffs in the game. Carcillo skated 11 shifts (7:29) and failed to do anything. He is a wasted roster spot.
The Hawks fourth line of Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom showed some decent chemistry again. Shaw finished tied with Michal Rozsival for the team lead with three hits, and he won four of six faceoffs as well. Kruger won only two of six draws but combined with Nordstrom to lead another exceptional evening on the penalty kill. The Rangers had two power play opportunities and both were easily handled.
Sadly, the Blackhawks had four advantages in the game and continued to be a frustrating mess on the power play. Ugly turnovers and bad passing have become a hallmark of a unit that hasn’t scored in 28 chances. Missing Patrick Kane is a significant factor in the lack of production, but the Hawks were a gong show on the PP before Kane got hurt. Something has to change if the Blackhawks hope to play far enough into the postseason to see Kane return to the lineup.
Bryan Bickell watched the game from the press box with Andrew Desjardins.