Patrick Kane Beats Buffalo In OT

The Blackhawks got Marian Hossa back on Thursday night. They also remembered how to start a game with purpose.

Chicago put 20 shots on net in the first period; Buffalo put 20 shots on net in 61 minutes. Before the Sabres had a second shot on net, the Blackhawks had put 11 shots on Anders Nilsson – yes, the same Anders Nilsson who the Hawks acquired from the Islanders when Chicago traded Nick Leddy.

Unfortunately, Buffalo’s second shot came off the stick of Marcus Foligno. And got past Corey Crawford. And 7:21 into the game, the Blackhawks were chasing a goal.

The Foligno goal didn’t slow down the Blackhawks attack, and nine minutes later Ryan Hartman made scored a highlight reel goal.

Hartman’s seventh of the season tied the game at one, where it would remain through the end of the first period. Both goals in the opening 20 minutes were unassisted, and Nilsson did a great job of keeping his team in the game.

Chicago’s penalty kill, which had been the best in the NHL since the beginning of December, didn’t have a good night; the Hawks hadn’t allowed multiple power play goals in a game since Nov. 21. The Hawks took a dreaded too many men penalty at 17:37 into the second, and Kyle Okposo made them pay.

Buffalo’s first lead of the game lasted nine minutes. Their second lasted 18 seconds.

Artem Anisimov’s 17th of the season came with assists to Patrick Kane and Michal Kempny. Kempny had three points in his previous two games.

Brent Seabrook went to the box with eight seconds left in second period, and the Sabres were able to score a second power play goal 70 seconds into the third. Jack Eichel scored his eighth of the year to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but the Blackhawks kept the pressure on Nilsson.

And, again, Anisimov tied the game.

On Anisimov’s second goal of the night, Duncan Keith picked up his 400th career regular season assist.

The final 2:04 would come and go without any additional scoring, and the fans in attendance at the United Center were treated to free hockey.

But they only received 56 seconds of free hockey, because Kane sent his hometown team packing.

Kane’s 12th of the season gave the Hawks a big home victory. Jonathan Toews, who won 10 of 18 faceoffs and was credited with six shots on net, was credited with an assist on the game-winner. Chicago’s captain was also credited with two hits and two takeaways in 20:35.

The Blackhawks put a season-high 43 shots on net. They allowed a season-low 20 shots on net. Crawford stopped 17 to earn a victory. Nilsson stopped 39 and suffered a loss.

Hartman and Tanner Kero led Chicago with four hits each. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Keith led Chicago with three blocked shots each. Kane led the Hawks with seven shots on net.

17 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Beats Buffalo In OT

  1. The Hawks played inspired hockey right from the first puck drop. No, that’s not a misprint. it actually happened. I believe they had 20 shots on goal in the 1st period and with this gang who can’t shoot straight it probably means they had at least another 20 shots the missed the net as we hear Foley say numerous times every game. But even with their high energy play it took only one Seabrook misplay (of many through the game) and the Hawks found themselves trailing 1-0.

    But sometimes even when a break goes the opponents way the game seems winnable for the Hawks and that’s what it felt like to me. Even with Seabrook and Keith playing below what we expect from them and even when Crawford let in a leaky goal when we couldn’t seal off the pipe, and even with the PK giving up 2 goals, one because of ANOTHER too many men penalty – I had a good feeling they would win.

    And they did.

    2 points is good.

  2. Possession, corsi, who is it. Not even in a 43-20 domination do we get a DLR and the Rangers got them with such ease in the first 25 games. Theres no ease in the playoffs. When it doesn’t seem like its good for us, these kind are good to have and win.

  3. They barely scraped by one of the worse teams in the league at home. This does not look like a team right now that is poised for a deep run in the playoffs. Our core overall is playing average and some of the kids look like they are not ready. Forsling is being manhandled out there and is turning the puck over. Let’s get a man in there and give him some down in Rockford to learn the NA game and grow some hair on his balls. Toews is still not right.

  4. Maybe my comments on the Hawks core are too general so here it is.

    17 goals between Toews and Kane half way through the season is not going to cut it.

  5. Seabrook had a bad nite…

    Nilsson- has near identical stats as top goalies… and plays for a far worse team…
    I know- he hasn’t won a cup! But is $1M cap hit

    I wish 3 on 3 OT was used in PO’s- Hawks would then be serious Cup Contenders

    Abbott- Makes TT- look like an enforcer!!! Next!!!

  6. Good fight for the boys last night, they outplayed Buffalo and deserved to win and they ended up winning. Good game from Hartman and this season; 39G 7G 7A VS////Shaw 29G 6G 9A. Just saying. Funny how the calendar flipped to 2017 he and Hino are still on the roster and Motte and Schmaltz are not. I though he had the weakest camp of the 4 and he is the one standing out. Q said in his presser Hino will likely skate with Toews and Hossa tonight. Not exactly sure why Abbott was brought up but whatever. I would have preferred to see Motte take his lumps at the NHL level. Tootoo was a scratch which was probably good. I continue to big a big fan of Kempny. He has dealt with some scratches and responded very strongly. Zero reason why he cant be a 2nd pair guy in my eyes.

  7. 6 cups,

    I am 54 and waited all my childhood and adult life to see us win in 2010 and i believe me I am grateful so no need to get personal. What’s a blog for if not for diverse comments and opinions that are sometimes critical of the team we love. You do it your way and I mine. I will not call you a clown.

  8. @ mdturtle I give the USA team credit for coming back twice from two goal deficits and was a great game but a stupid shootout win in a major championship is stupid and nothing to brag about ( actually two shoot outs if you count the Russia game too)This is hockey not stupid soccer.

  9. That’s the thing, there should always be 5 on 5 for every tournament/non regular season game, unless it during the 82 game/regular season. That’s why, during the regular, its should be referred to as a tie not a lose even when you donot get a win. Also gf and ga should not be counted in those category because its not regulation hockey. Sats for players yes, not team. (if they havnt already have that right)

  10. @Goldenbladz I agree about shootouts deciding a championship or any game for that matter. But that’s the way it is and they won. I also remember a Canadian ripping on the US team in a past post so it made it just a little sweeter.

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