The Blackhawks and Flames made a significant contribution to finding a cure for insomnia on Friday night.
Two goals were scored in regulation – one by each team – and they came 1:54 apart late in the first period. In the final 40 minutes of regulation, Chicago was credited with only 11 shots on net. The Blackhawks, officially, put three shots on net in the third period.
If not for Scott Darling, the Hawks easily could have lost the game in regulation.
Artem Anisimov scored his eighth of the season on the power play to tie the game at 16:59 into the first. He has now scored more goals this season in 20 games than he did in 52 last year.
With the second assist on Anisimov’s goal, Patrick Kane established a new career benchmark with a point in his 15th straight game.
But that was it for the Blackhawks offense.
Thankfully, Darling slammed the door on Calgary the rest of the way in regulation to keep his team alive and earn at least one point in the standings.
Chicago’s netminder made 18 saves in the final 40 minutes of regulation and faced six more in the overtime, one of which unfortunately got past him to win the game. Johnny Gaudreau found the back of the net to win the game for the Flames.
Darling faced 37 shots on the night and deserved a better fate, but Karri Ramo faced only 19 in nearly 62 minutes of hockey.
There weren’t many bright spots keeping eyes open in Chicago. Tanner Kero had another nice game, leading the Hawks with two takeaways in 14:50. He was also credited with one hit and one blocked shot and, even with Andrew Desjardins back in the lineup, remained a primary penalty killer. Chicago successfully killed all three Calgary power plays on the night.
The Blackhawks were credited with five hits in the game. As a team. Five.
Brent Seabrook, who Gaudreau beat to score the game-winner in overtime, led the Hawks with five blocked shots. He also led the Hawks in ice time, skating 26:40 in the loss. Duncan Keith blocked two shots in 26:23.
Trevor Daley skated only 12:09 and registered nothing in the box score. Michal Rozsival, who skated 12:35, blocked two shots and had one hit on the night.
Brandon Mashinter skated exactly nine minutes and did nothing. There’s a reason he’s still in Chicago, but whatever that is has been invisible on the ice since he was recalled from Rockford.
Teuvo Teravainen, who left the last game with an upper-body injury, remains day-to-day. Marko Dano was held out of the lineup because of an illness.
The Hawks will fly to Vancouver tonight to face the Canucks on Saturday night.