Lightning Strikes In Overtime, Bolts Beat Blackhawks

Tampa Bay came into Wednesday night’s game with the best power play in the NHL, the hottest offense in the league, and speed everywhere.

Chicago came in having won three of four but with some issues still being sorted out. The offense was improving; the defense has had its moments.

So it would figure that the Blackhawks would go out of their way to spend a significant part of the early going short-handed… and survive.

Patrick Kane opened the scoring 3:49 into the game with a wicked snipe.

Exactly two minutes after Kane scored, John Hayden caught JT Brown with a high stick and was sent off for four minutes. With 44 seconds left on the second Hayden penalty, Jonathan Toews joined him in the box.

So the Hawks are up one with two players – including their captain – in the box, and would have almost a full six consecutive minutes of short-handed play.

The Hawks survived.

Not only did the Blackhawks kill off all three penalties, but they were then granted an extended two-man advantage a few minutes later. Yanni Gourde and Victor Hedman went to the box 21 seconds apart and the Blackhawks were able to do what the Lightning could not: score on the power play.

And it was Kane again.

With all of the special teams time in the first period, Chicago wound up with a 13-11 shot advantage and a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Chicago got another power play early in the second, but it was Tampa getting on the board. Ondrej Palat scored a short-handed goal to cut the Hawks’ lead in half. The pace and physicality of the game increased in the second period, and the speed of Tampa started to show.

There were good chances on both ends of the ice, but the shots were only 10-6 in favor of Tampa in the second period.

But the Bolts carried momentum over into the third, and Chris Kunitz tied the game 31 seconds into the period.

From there, it was all about the goaltenders.

Corey Crawford and Andrei Vasilevskiy were equally magnificant in the third period and into overtime. Early in the extra session both teams had breakaways, with Kane getting loose for what was almost a shootout-caliber chance but Tampa’s netminder was on point.

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, Nick Schmaltz was caught slashing 3:10 into overtime and even on a very good night, Chicago couldn’t keep Tampa’s power play off the board again.

Brayden Point put home the game-winner 15 seconds after Schmaltz went to the box.

Crawford made 35 terrific saves to take the tough loss; Vasilevskiy stopped 29 in the win.

Artem Anisimov, Duncan Keith, Jan Rutta and Cody Franson had assists on Kane’s two goals. Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with three blocked shots. And Lance Bouma led the way with four hits. Toews won half of his 22 faceoffs while Anisimov won 11 of 17.

While a loss isn’t the preferred outcome, the Blackhawks killed five of six power plays against a unit that has been overwhelming over the past month. Against one of the best teams in the league, the Hawks were an overtime penalty away from potentially winning a dramatic game.

32 thoughts on “Lightning Strikes In Overtime, Bolts Beat Blackhawks

  1. Team played really good. Hard to get 2pts when there allowed that many holding and interference penaltys throughout the entire 3rd period. Didn’t really have a chance to play in the 3rd because of that. That gave them the puck more and shots more. Even with that they still couldnt beat us in regulation/5 on 5 hockey.

    Got the tie that’s what matters. 2-0-1 in this 7 of 10 against top 10 teams. Were right were we want to be and playing good/getting better.

    Man they like to let them play with interference. Would like to know how good we could be if we could play with interference like that.

  2. Atrocious call in OT by the refs (Gord Dwyer & TJ Luxmore). They sound like/should be linesmen.

    I have thrown repetitive criticism his way, but Wingels solid tonight, and outstanding play saving a goal in 3rd period.

    In totality, the Hawks played toe-to-toe with the best team in the league. Encouraging effort and game, level of play was elite.

  3. …….. agree Tab, and the last one was a 4-3 which you wouldn’t see in the playoffs, and rarely see outside the OT spectrum in the regular season.

  4. Great game tarnished by a ghost slash call on Schmaltz in OT. Simply a brutal penalty call by any standard. Eddie O really got that wrong in the tv broadcast. Pity that Kane didn’t bury that OT breakaway. Hawks just didn’t finish scoring chances tonight, but they played pretty damn well imo and had plenty of quality scoring chances. Crow continues to bring his A game.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving all US fans!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  5. That effort probably beats 29 other teams, unfortunately other division teams keep on winning. Bolts are really good – wouldn’t want to be facing them in a 7 game series right now. Penalty call in OT was crap but we had our chances. Hayden’s stupid penalties may be getting him close to a trip to Rockford. Thought Murphy was pretty solid and liked how he drilled Paquette after he hit Toews. PK is sooo much better than last few years.

  6. I don’t get to see a lot of games, but every time I see the Hawks, they’re not great, but not deserving of the suicide watch many folks on this forum should be under. Agree with MS, Bolts are the better team, a playoff series would be futile right now. Hawks had fantastic chances, Crow was great but not supernatural. Seabrook gets a lot of crap here, but he looked… ok, he sucked. But Murphy looked like a hockey player, Bouma and Wingels are better than you’d think reading the comments here, and this looked like the start of a hockey team. Very fun game to watch, if the new guys learn where to be on the ice this is a contender next season. Hinostroza looks ready, but no forward on the big team is ready to roll over and get sent down. Nice problem to have if you ask me. This team isn’t going to win the cup this year so enjoy the fact Q is playing the youngsters and letting things shake out. They don’t suck, but their spatial awareness isn’t where it was in the cup years. My feeling is this team learns how to play on their toes and not on their heels by the end of this season.

  7. Loved Murphy’s game tonight. Forsling had 36 shifts. Wow.

    Saad and (Flash in the) Panik simply cannot finish. Schmaltz either but I get the feeling that Schmaltz is really getting his confidence going. He and Kane are fantastic together.

    Ridiculous penalty in overtime. Phantom foul. But let’s face it, we had the win on our stick when Kane was in alone. When he did not score. It was over.

    Also, Sharp is on a nostalgia tour. He’s trying hard but there really is so very little left.
    Hartman’s game is regressing playing with Sharp. Not a threat to score. Not really a threat to grind out a greasy goal.

    Good point as we pursue a wild card spot.

  8. The league introduced the 3 on 3 ot concept, its exciting fans love it, players deliver entertaining hockey. So what does the do, let their refs ruin it with penalty calls that shouldn’t be called or in this case didn’t even happen. The only contact was the shot follow through hitting Schmaltz s stick.
    That being said there was lots of opportunities missed Kane on ot breakaway and other good looks Schmaltz was robbed as was Panik. Tampa concentrated on Toews giving Saad and Panik good looks but no finish. Forsling sent alone by AA and Debrincat a couple of dangerous looks. The 4th line continues grind out good shift after good shift. Agree looks like Hino for Sharp may be a move needed. Murphy starting to contribute hopefully that continues in a positive way. Funny been weeks since Seabrook been on ice for a goal in a loss but still taking cheap shots even after making better showings of late with reduced ice time.

  9. Didn’t see the game only the 5 minute hi-lite re-cap.
    Crow made a few amazing saves, especially on Stamkos, and the call in OT was definitely very weak. Don’t get it.
    Good to see Highmore with 3-both he and Hino leading the team in shooting percentage (Highmore at 19 % after that game)
    The three worst shooting % s on the Hawks? (Other than Seabrook) All at 4.3% -Bouma, Wingels and SHARP.
    D-Cat and AA close to 20%, leading the Hawks–

  10. Call it a cheap shot, but if that’s the improved Brent Seabrook, oy vey. Granted I have a very small sample size, but giveaways in the circle or falling on his ass and getting bailed out by Crow is something previously tolerated from Roszival, etc. Again, I hope this isn’t the norm, and there could of course be injuries we’re not privy to. One thing to think about though, is we haven’t seen a Blackhawks team with this mediocre an offense in quite some time, and offense has always been a solid part of Seabrook’s game. Mucking around the defensive zone has never really been the strength of his, or Keith‘s game for that matter. If the offense can regain some offensive possession time, I’m sure their numbers will improve some. Don’t worry, We already have some broken records repeatedly letting us know about this issue, I haven’t commented on it before because I haven’t seen much first hand. I’m not going to beat it to death, I am first and foremost a fan and saw plenty to be encouraged about in a rebuilding season.

  11. I didn’t get to see the game but looks great to hold the NHL’s most potent offence in check. Hopefully the arrow continues to push upward.

    Congrats to Highmore on the Hatty. He was always “give a 100%” type player in the Q with the Sea Dogs so I’m not surprised he is doing well. He forchecks hard and good on special teams PK and PP.

  12. Good game, solid effort, crisp passing…………the entire team is gaining confidence. Confidence in the young D corp, confidence in our young forwards, confidence at the face off dot, confidence in our PP and PK, confidence in our goaltending AND confidence in our coaching.

    A little confidence can do many good things on the ice………………………..

  13. I saw only STL has really good record. WIN is 7 over (donot think WIN is an established 2 seed in conference). Every other team from 3rd to 14th are basically tied. That’s 12 teams playing for the 3rd seed in conference.

    NAS/MIN/EDM/ANA/LA/CHI is more like playing for the 2 or 3 seeds.
    WIN is more like playing for a wildcard.

  14. Artys shooting % he net front presence. Debrinkat shooting % pure sniper. Hes not shooting from point blank range.

    Got one thing to say about Seabs. He is a top pair defenseman of the one and only dynasty team for the first 20yr era of salary cap. So he plays 2nd pair min to be as effective when not in prime of prime yrs anymore.

    Give that Man a CI-GAR!

  15. Golden, that’s the thing we play good D at times (needs to be better) and are still holding lots of teams to low scores with our team game. What does that tell you. A good sign.

    What will we look like when we are better a D then weve been. Create more off from that kind of D.

    For the off scoring. What happens when we have several really good off players and they havnt scored much for awhile.

    Frog Soup.

  16. If Murphy could progress to the point where he can play 5 on 5 mins with Keith and 7 and 11 can handle special team roles 11 pp 7pk with 2 and not have to play big 5 on 5 mins on a regular basis , that could give a solid d core with 42 and 44 logging big mins on 2nd pair.

  17. Sounds good.

    Were going to have upside throughout this 82 season with having that many younger guys. We could have something in the making this yr. No matter what these 5 coming yrs were going to be deep again/top3 team.

    Need to do our homework this yr to keep getting better.

  18. People bitch and whinned about Arty. He heard you. People bitched and moaned abour Murphy. He is starting to hear you.
    You make a mean martini Ho Jon. Keep it up boy you hear.

    Its funny how 15-20 games to settle in/not mentioning stupid sch. the team is starting to play really good. Outplaying Rangers and PIT by a good margin and even with TB (prob only real top5 in league this yr). TOR and TB Oh yeah until they cant keep everyone because of salary cap. Then we see how good those teams really are.

  19. Disappointed they didn’t get the 2nd point but not disappointed in the effort and overall execution. The passing was pretty good except they had a few too many “cutesy” passes that resulted in turnovers.

    And, they still lose most board battles but it’s because they’re usually physically outmatched. The play that led to the OT goal was an example of that where two Hawks players where in a board battle with one TB player and the TB player was still able to pass the puck to a teammate which started the sequence of their winning goal. First, probably not a good idea to have 2 guys on the wall which leaves 1 defender against the other 3 opposing players. But, if you’re going to get 2 guys stuck in a board battle against on opponent – AT LEAST win the battle. Mercy!

    Thank you Corey for at least getting us 1 point.

  20. A lot of good things about last night’s game. Went into hostile territory and played a pretty consistent 60 minutes. Chances both ways. Good to go in there and get a point.

    Seemed like they had shelved the slashing calls after the atrocious preseason of about 10 penalties on each team per game. That was ridiculous. Hadn’t seen that enforced, and then Schmaltz gets it in OT. Too bad.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  21. Mo – Don’t sell WIN short. If they get decent goaltending they are a very talented, physical team. It’s going to be a dogfight in the division this year. We are fortunate to have the best goalie in the league.

  22. Yea I know there good and think there about same/or maybe a little better then previous yrs. Just that there not as good as there record (I would have to peak at there sch.) is and teams like NAS/MIN/CHI and others are better then current record is. Do respect WIN and they have been good the few yrs just not as good as these teams.

    Crow sticks it to the man.

  23. Its funny how 15-20 games to settle in/not mentioning stupid sch. the team is starting to play really good. Outplaying Rangers and PIT by a good margin and even with TB (prob only real top5 in league this yr). TOR and TB Oh yeah until they cant keep everyone because of salary cap. Then we see how good those teams really are.

  24. Mo I hope your right-they are playing a couple of games a week (I know that is good and bad)
    Next week the real test happens-
    Anaheim, Nashville, Dallas (2) and L.A.

  25. I hope I am to. Your right its good and bad. Like some other guy said before we started this 7 of 10 against top 10 teams. These games against NYR PIT and TB will determine how good of a team we have. There it is. We do. I donot think judgeing team by any one or couple games during these 10 games is anything to go by. How we do overall after these 10 will. Like to go 7-3/6-3-1 and that something. Then with a normal fucking sch. we can go on streak.

    For some reason we donot and were 20-20 after 40 games then I prob believe this other talk. Thing to remember is there 14 of 15 good teams in conference for first time in how many yrs. and theres isint any team that much better then anyone else. Really a team could be 4th or 14th between game 78-82.

  26. Regarding the schedule… its not like other teams have been playing every other day. Hawks have played the same number of games as a lot of teams. It’s almost like the league did this on purpose as an excuse to not go to the Olympics. I dont remember a schedule so spread out like this

  27. Looking quick at schedule the Blackhawks after this 6 games 9 days will have had 7 back to game sets this year Wild have their 1st this weekend and Blues have had 3 and Preds 2 so far. The Blackhawks have had 3 days between games 2 times with multiple days off berween games on both sides of this last set and and Blues obce and Preds once. The Wild started off the year with 4 days then 5 days off right after that. Since Oct. 20th have played almost every other day .and Blues and Preds have played alot more consustent overall schedule too.

  28. That’s the thing these geniuses stacked a bunch of games together and have those 4/5/or 6 days between games. When you look at games played after 4wk/8wks/12wks we played about same as others. Just bullshit to sneak it in there like that. Its a lot harder to play when sch is 2 games in 10 days then 10 in 20 type thing. I havnt looked at anyother teams sch but I would bet that certain teams have a nice even spread and there might be a few others with bullshit like us.

    Whatever.

    Most of the bullshit sch is during these first 20 games where we needed 15-20 anyways to get younger and new to league guys adjusted and for team to settle in. Now we have a chance to play and with a more normal/normal sch. for most of games 20-60.

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