After struggling to finish around the net all season, Marian Hossa lit the lamp twice in St. Louis on Sunday. Back home at the United Center on Monday, Hossa still had the scorer’s touch.
Hossa was responsible for both of Chicago’s goals in regulation, giving the Hawks the lead 1-0 in the second period. Unfortunately, that lead lasted less than five minutes as Shane Doan tipped a shot past Antti Raanta for a Coyotes power play goal.
That power play came as Patrick Kane went to the box for only the second time all season, and he was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct – a clear indication of what the Blackhawks superstar thought of the officiating.
Antoine Vermette gave Arizona the lead less than four minutes into the final frame. But a magnificent, Selke-worthy effort by Jonathan Toews set up Hossa on the doorstep and he tied the game. Toews was credited with the only assist on both of Hossa’s goals, but Brandon Saad made a strong play to set up the first goal without receiving any credit.
The Hawks power play was a mess the entire night, including an opportunity late in overtime.
With mere seconds left in the extra session, it appeared the puck got past Mike Smith and wholly crossed the line. The officials let play continue, and Saad put a shot off the crossbar. The clock went to zeroes with the score tied, and the officials got on the phone with Toronto. The review didn’t award the victory to the Hawks, and the game continued to the shootout.
Antti Raanta had a strong night. He didn’t allow as many rebounds as he had in his last couple starts, and stopped 27 of 29 over 65 minutes of hockey. Smith stopped 36 of 38 to keep his team in the game; the Blackhawks out-shot the Coyotes in every period.
Brent Seabrook led the team with six blocked shots in the game, and Toews had a team-high six shots on net. Andrew Shaw won 12 of 15 faceoffs and was credited with four shots on goal, one takeaway and one blocked shot on the night.
With Kris Versteeg expected back on Wednesday, the Blackhawks have at least one roster decision to make. Joakim Nordstrom spent Monday night in the press box again, and he appears to be the most likely candidate to head to Rockford. Daniel Carcillo skated only 7:18 and managed to be minus-one in the game, while Teuvo Teravainen was credited with two shots on goal and one blocked shot in 11:22.