After getting back into the win column against Pittsburgh, the Blackhawks looked to stay luke warm against a Winnipeg team that has given them problems thus far this season.
The Jets flew into Chicago after a game on Thursday, so the Hawks had that going for them… which is nice.
Starting fast was the Blackhawks key to success against the Penguins, but they were back to allowing the first goal of the game. This time, however, it took Mark Scheifele more than 14 minutes to score.
The goal came while Winnipeg was on the power play, something else the Hawks were able to survive against the Penguins.
Chicago came back, however. In the closing seconds of the first period, Jonathan Toews tied the game.
Toews’ 15th of the season came with assists from Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad with 10.2 seconds left on the clock.
The Jets out-shot the Hawks 14-13 in the opening 20 minutes.
Chicago scored the first goal of the second period, and it came off the stick of Toews again.
Saad added a second assist in the game on the goal, and the Hawks had some momentum. Chicago was skating well and their speed was keeping them in the mix with Winnipeg.
That didn’t last, though.
Patrik Laine tied the game less than three minutes after Toews’ second goal.
And, within seconds of leaving the penalty box, Mathieu Perreault beat Corey Crawford to give the Jets a 3-2 lead with 18 seconds left in the second period.
The Hawks out-shot the Jets 13-11 in the second period but trailed on the scoreboard.
In the third we saw more line mixing from Jeremy Colliton. Dylan Sikura got a few shifts with Patrick Kane, who was riding a personal five-game point streak. As has been Colliton’s trend since taking over behind the Hawks’ bench, Kane was skating what seemed like every other shift in the third period.
Chicago got a power play late in the third period when Dmitry Kulikov went off for two minutes with 3:35 left in regulation. Unfortunately John Hayden, who had played another nice game, got called for high sticking in front of the net on the Hawks’ power play and the two teams skated 4-on-4 beginning with 2:47 left on the clock.
Crawford skated to the bench almost immediately when Hayden left the box and, with the extra attacker on the ice, Erik Gustafsson unloaded a missile that found the back of the net to tie the game with six seconds left in regulation.
At the end of regulation, Kane had put a team-leading eight shots on net in 22:55. Crawford stopped 36 of 39 in a superior effort through 60 minutes.
And we headed to overtime.
The Hawks got the first couple good looks in overtime but then Winnipeg got the puck deep. Toews got pinned behind the net and Scheifele was able to skate the puck out in front of the net and, as Kane and Keith watched, Scheifele picked a spot and put home the game-winning goal for his second of the night.
Winnipeg won in overtime for the second time in as many nights.
Toews added an assist on the Gustafsson goal to give him three points in the game. He also won 12 of 23 faceoffs.
Keith and Saad had two assists each.
This was a significantly better effort from the Hawks than the last two times they played the Jets. The Blackhawks allowed six goals in each of their last two games against Winnipeg and were dominated in their last meeting four short days ago.