The Blackhawks, thanks primarily to another stellar effort from Corey Crawford, were able get at least one point in the standings on Saturday night. But a second period injury suffered by Marian Hossa made the outcome of the game a secondary concern.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead on a Brent Seabrook power play goal moments after Hossa was helped off the ice. Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm employed a solid hipcheck that sent Hossa into the boards awkwardly. Chicago’s veteran forward didn’t put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice and directly to the room.
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Hossa wasn’t the only player who didn’t return for the third period. Ducks starting netminder John Gibson was hit hard by Richard Panik late in the second period; Anaheim’s Nate Thompson was called for hooking Panik on the play. Gibson was replaced by Fredrik Andersen for the final 20 minutes (and overtime) after stopping 16 of 17 in the opening two periods.
Anaheim dominated the third period, out-shooting the Hawks 18-5 with Hossa officially done for the night. Jakob Silfverberg and David Perron scored less than four minutes apart to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead, but another Seabrook goal tied the game with eight minutes left in regulation.
The goal was the tenth of the year for Seabrook, setting a new career high. He also led the Hawks with five blocked shots and four hits in the game, but couldn’t quite lead the team to victory.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner in overtime while the Hawks were short-handed after getting caught with too many men on the ice. Crawford stopped 41 of 44 in the loss while the skaters in front of him managed only 23 shots on net.
Artemi Panarin “returned” after missing a couple games due to an illness, but failed to put a shot on net in 15:48 of ice time.
Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines trying to find some offense, but couldn’t find a spark. Teuvo Teravainen started as the center on the fourth line but took only three faceoffs (winning one) in the game. He eventually moved back to a wing on the third line and Dennis Rasmussen moved back down; Rasmussen win one of four at the dot.
Rookie Phillip Danault won only four of 17 faceoffs in the game but picked up three hits and one blocked shot. Jiri Sekac returned to the lineup in place of Brandon Mashinter but skated only 7:18, the lowest ice time on the roster. Rasmussen was limited to 7:24 in the loss as well.
It was Chicago’s third straight loss and came on a night that saw Minnesota fire Mike Yeo, naming former Blackhawks assistant John Torchetti the Wild’s interim head coach. The Hawks are now a little more than seven days away from playing the Wild in the Stadium Series game outdoors, but will host the Leafs and visit the Rangers in the week between now and then.