Connor McDavid Tops Hawks In OT

After getting hammered by the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday night, the Hawks faced the task of coming home to face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center in a late afternoon tilt.

Brent Seabrook gave the Hawks a lead 11 minutes into the game, scoring a power play goal for his second of the year.

Chicago held onto that lead for seven minutes until Zack Kassian tied the game.

At the end of 20 minutes, the score was tied at one and the Blackhawks had put four shots on net.

There were more opportunities for both sides in the second period, but the score remained the same. After 40 minutes, the Hawks held a 17-16 shot advantage.

Cam Ward stepped up in a big way for the Hawks after Corey Crawford wore the crooked number on Saturday. He made big saves throughout regulation to keep his team in the game despite their inability to beat Cam Talbot.

After 60 minutes of hockey, the score was still tied at one. The Hawks out-shot the Oilers 32-25 in regulation but neither team was able to score a go-ahead goal before free hockey began.

Once overtime began the game got a quick result.

Brandon Saad drove the net on one end but couldn’t finish, and the Oilers went the other way. Connor McDavid received a nice pass from Leon Draisaitl and got a great look at the cage. Ward did his best but the shot was an easy one for one of the best players on the planet. And 53 seconds into OT the game was over.

Chris Kunitz and John Hayden were healthy scratches on Sunday.

Henri Jokiharju might have played his best game of the year. He skated 24:14 and put a team-leading six shots on net. The rookie also blocked one shot and was credited with two hits in the game.

Patrick Kane picked up an assist in the game to stay among the hottest point producers in the game.

15 thoughts on “Connor McDavid Tops Hawks In OT

  1. They played significantly better against the Oilers than the game against the Blues. They probably deserved to win this game because I thought they outplayed the Oilers, but thems the breaks.

    I agree this was probably Joki’s best game. His play was outstanding in all areas. Dare I say it – Joki might be raising Keith’s level of play, who also had an outstanding game.

    That was the second time Saad made a poor play in OT that cost the Hawks the second point. Maybe keep Saad of the ice in OT when good decision making is paramount to keeping puck possession. Saad has been playing better, which is good to see, but he’s not a good puck handler and he’s not a good finisher. If there is someone else needed to play in OT after Toews, Kane, Schmaltz and DeBrincat – how about Kahun or even Fortin before Saad goes in.

    Ward was pretty good tonight. Both goals against were the result of the defense not making the right play.

  2. Agree with EB about OT! Really need to look at speed and scoring ability- where does SAAD fit either? I hope “Q” is using lots of film time with the boys to discuss “defensive zone coverage” as well as high/low percentage passing plays. I thought AA stunk last night and where was Hayden? Really question use of some of the PILONs put out there in the bottom 2 lines?

  3. It seems it’s very important for the Hawks to win the face-off when on the power play (didn’t really at all last night) because they have trouble re entering the zone after they lose the draw–
    hopefully Q sees that Hayden deserves the be there every night.
    AA has been playing well, as a veteran player and a bigger person he will struggle on back to backs when they play many games close together-imo- He might have to be a guy that you give the odd night off.

    The team did a good job for most of the game neutralizing the best player in the world-97.

  4. I know Gustafsson made a nice pass to Kane to win an OT game recently….but I think it is only the Hawks lack of mobile defensemen depth that gives him ice time in 4 on 4. Normally, you wouldn’t want to see such a defense-challenged defenseman out there in 3 on 3 hockey.

    Seabrook is too slow, Manning and Ruuta and Davidson too sucky and/or slow for 3 on 3. Gus plays almost by default. But I am not a fan of seeing him out there in OT.

  5. I probably will feel the need to do this often this season and that’s to remind myself this is a rebuilding year and if the team exceeds expectations – great, but it’s still a rebuilding year. There are a lot of things already in the plus column – things we hoped would turn out well that already have, such as:

    Crawford coming back at 100%
    Toews looking more like the guy from yesteryear than last year
    DeBrincat picking up where he left off – no sophomore slump
    Jokiharju playing well enough to not only make the team but excel
    Kahun making the team and being a top-9 player
    Gustafsson improved enough defensively to keep his offense in the lineup
    Saad not back to manchild but has shown improvement lately

    So, there still much improvement needed, but there are some notable positives.

  6. Powers had an article at The Athletic saying that Boqvist was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons on Friday and didn’t play Saturday because he was sick. Obviously good news if accurate.

  7. I see my work here isn’t complete. 11:57… Does your boss know your wasting company time. Wait, that would mean you have a job. Your resurgence most likely means you’re unemployed yet again. All time low unemployment rate and you’re so much of a tool nobody will put up with it. That or you lack any sort of marketable skill.

  8. Gandergoof, you may want to pay attention to the Ice Hogs. Scott Powers twitter account is a good place to start. It will answer your questions. Questions answered here are usually from the likes of Ian, who fucks everything up, or Ebony “The Spineless 64 Year Old Message Board Addict Twit” Raptor, who is desperate to build a consortium on hockey message boards.

    In answer to your question, Forsling will be called up soon. The Ice Hogs have a heavy schedule coming up, he will likely get into a few more games with them to improve his game conditioning, and then he’ll be recalled most likely.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled Ebony “The Spineless Twit” Raptor whimpering because people are pissing in his sandbox, also known as internet hockey message boards.

    Go over to Hockey Buzz and watch him get bitch slapped. It’s fun!

  9. Grammar Nazi and dungeon master. When mutually inclusive, pretty sure that means you’re a virgin for life. That means guys too. Except your father. He for whatever reason couldn’t keep it in his pants around you. And he’s turned you into a homophobe in loser denial. If you say youre not gay and not a loser enough… you’re still both. It’s ok. It’s not my cup of tea, but your desires are your business…as long as he’s not a boy scout.

  10. I thought we could bait it into displaying more symptoms and now it has. It’s psychological projection was evident before but I think at this point we can be sure of it. In other words Shmoopy isn’t your average run of the mill troll – a pimply fat thing still living with it’s parents – no, Shmoopy conscious mind is unaware what it’s subconscious mind is doing, which is protecting itself by projecting onto others what it is guilty of. This is an interesting new twist to exploring Shmoopy’s psyche.

    Shmoopy – you figuratively stuck you toe in the water of expanded attack strategy but you didn’t jump in. That tells me you’re afraid of revealing too much about yourself. Interesting.

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