Three was the number of the night for the Blackhawks.
Chicago put only three shots on net in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hawks scored three goals in the final 40 minutes of regulation.
And, unfortunately, three periods weren’t enough to decide the outcome.
After an terribly mediocre first period, the Hawks rebounded to take a two-goal lead in the second. Chicago showed a new look on special teams in the middle stanza and it paid immediate dividends. Duncan Keith scored a power play goal at 7:26, redirecting a Patrick Kane pass into the net.
A little more than seven minutes later, Artemi Panarin got the puck in close and didn’t hesitate, beating former Blackhawks prospect Anders Nilsson for his seventh goal of the year.
Chicago’s lead was cut in half less than two minutes later as Jordan Eberle got a breakaway and made a pretty play to beat Corey Crawford.
Darnell Nurse made a gorgeous play and found Benoit Pouliot, who tied the game exactly four minutes into the third period. Andrew Shaw would somehow give the Hawks the lead again with this shot while falling down:
Leon Draisaitl tied the game once again inside the final three minutes of regulation, and there was free hockey in Edmonton.
In the overtime, Crawford made the best save of the season for Chicago to keep it tied.
Roughly 30 seconds later, the Hawks made a line change and Brent Seabrook found Marian Hossa just getting on the ice for a breakaway. And Hossa cashed in, putting in his third goal of the season.
Panarin finished the night with three points (one goal, two assists) to lead the Hawks. Kane had two assists and led Chicago with four shots on net in the victory. Jonathan Toews failed to record a point but successfully stayed out of the penalty box for the first time in three games; the Hawks’ captain won ten of 20 faceoffs and was credited with one blocked shot and two takeaways on the night.
Tanner Kero was impressive once again. He skated primary penalty kill minutes (3:32) with Marcus Kruger and was credited with two blocked shots and three hits. Kero made a nice play to set up Shaw’s goal in the third period and picked up the primary assist.
Unfortunately, Teuvo Teravainen disappeared from the bench during the second period and did not return for the third. Troy Murray reported on the radio broadcast that it was an upper-body issue for Teravainen, who was limited to nine shifts and only 5:53 in the game.
After the game, coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen’s injury was “not serious,” and indicated the young forward is day-to-day.
Brandon Mashinter was healthy, but skated only 6:59. He was credited with one hit in 14 shifts. Why he is still in Chicago is beyond me, unless the Hawks are showcasing him. At some point on the trip, we should see either Viktor Tikhonov or Andrew Desjardins back in the lineup.
Crawford allowed three goals but made a number of spectacular saves, including the game-saving theft of Taylor Hall in overtime. He made 34 saves to earn the win.
The Hawks penalty kill was perfect in three short-handed opportunities.