On Friday night, the Blackhawks and Lightning established a number of benchmarks for the Chicago franchise.
Before Friday, the last time the Blackhawks scored two goals in 12 seconds or less was Jan. 20, 2007 at Nashville. The last time they scored three in 65 seconds or less was Dec. 20, 1989 against St. Louis (three in 59 seconds). And the last time the Blackhawks and an opponent combined for 8 (or more) goals in a period was March 10, 2007 at Phoenix.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, Friday night didn’t end well.
In the second half of a back-to-back without Duncan Keith, the first two periods on Friday night were a track meet. After a scoreless first period, the flood gates opened in the second.
When the dust settled from the wild middle frame, Patrick Kane had three assists, Patrick Sharp had two goals and Marian Hossa had two points. Daniel Carcillo also scored, his first tally as a member of the Hawks. Chicago finally broke through on the power play, and had sprinted to a two-goal lead.
But the Lightning have some talent and speed of their own, and the lead didn’t last long. Steven Stamkos had a hat trick in a second period that ended with Nick Leddy struggling to a minus-three and the entire third line (Frolik, Bolland and Bickell) at minus-two each.
The pace of the game slowed down (a little) in the third period, before an ugly sequence in which Bolland lost a stick and a couple Hawks were out-worked for the puck ended with a Vinny Lecavalier game-winner behind Ray Emery in overtime.
Viktor Stalberg was as trigger happy as he’s ever been in Chicago, putting seven shots on net in the game (and missing the net with another four).
Leddy had a strong first period in which he was the ice time leader for the Hawks (8:30), but had a really tough stretch against Stamkos in the second period. To Leddy’s credit, he did rebound to play an efficient third period before he was hung out to dry in between Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis for the game-winner. Leddy finished the night minus-four.
From the two games in Florida, the Blackhawks come home with three points despite not having Keith for either contest. On Sunday night, Chicago hopes to have Keith on the ice with Corey Crawford back between the pipes when Vancouver visits the United Center.