It was Revenge Game Monday in Carolina as Cam Ward returned to Carolina for the first time to face… former Blackhawks goaltender (and Lemont native) Scott Darling and the Canes.
Without a win to show for the coaching change, we got a first look at Jeremy Colliton’s line blender. Chicago started with lines of:
And, early on, it appeared to be working. Toews parked himself in front of Darling in the middle of the first period and redirected a Henri Jokiharju shot into the net to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead – the first lead of the Colliton era.
In the middle of the second period, the new-look third line cashed in. Kahun made a pretty play to set up DeBrincat and it was 2-0 in favor the Hawks.
However, Blackhawks fans are painfully aware that we aren’t allowed to have nice things (or a lead) this season.
A little more than three minutes after the DeBrincat goal, Teuvo Teravainen cut the lead in half.
Michael Ferland then tied the game at two 66 seconds later.
Both Canes goals came on a power play.
At the end of two periods, the game was tied at two. The Blackhawks had put 28 shots on net; the Canes were credited with 29.
In the third, the teams on the ice looked like combatants that had combined to win one game in the almost two weeks (Carolina beating the Hawks in Chicago, of course). The two sides combined to put 15 shots on net in the third period and the score remained tied at two.
And for the first time in the Colliton era, the Blackhawks picked up a point in the standings.
Another new look from the new coach started overtime. Toews came out with Schmaltz instead of his usual partner, Kane. Kane would eventually get on the ice, but the script that’s haunted the Hawks since October resurfaced. A bad turnover led to Brent Seabrook sprawled out on the ice and Sebastian Aho looking like he had a video game set on easy.
Aho’s shot was true, and the Canes took the second point with a 3-2 win.
Erik Gustafsson was the ice-time leader for the Hawks, skating 25:43. Jokiharju skated 24:19 followed by Duncan Keith (22:31), a rare night in which Keith wasn’t among one of the Hawks’ top two defensemen in ice time without penalty minutes cutting into his night; Jokiharju was in the box when Ferland scored.
Hayden had a better game on Monday. He was limited to 10:31 but was credited with three shots on net, three hits and two blocked shots.
Kunitz skated 10:44 with three hits and zero shots on net.
Here’s the terrific tribute the Canes played for Ward:
Cam Ward discusses his emotional night “coming home.” pic.twitter.com/gwwafwOOI9
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