The ongoing dominance of the hottest line in the NHL kept the Blackhawks in the game. Unfortunately, it was Ottawa who took the second point in overtime.
Chicago had a first period that was… bad. Mike Hoffman gave the Senators a 1-0 lead only 92 seconds into the game, and Bobby Ryan added a power play goal six minutes later to extend the lead. Ottawa was playing physically and took advantage of the Hawks. Marian Hossa took a dumb penalty for retaliating after he got hit hard in the corner by Mark Borowiecki, and was in the box when Ryan scored. Andrew Shaw also took a run at Borowiecki and headed to the box as the first period ended.
Between the first and second period, however, the Hawks woke up/turned it on/started caring/whatever you want to say. They showed up big time in the second period, led once again by their best line.
With a two-man advantage early in the middle frame, Patrick Kane scored his 16th of the season. The goal tied the Blackhawks record for consecutive games with a point. But Kane wasn’t done.
Late in the second, Artemi Panarin accepted a pass from Kane, navigated his way across the ice and rifled a shot past Craig Anderson to tie the game.
The Hawks out-shot the Sens 16-6 in the second and, most importantly, stayed away from the penalty kill after Shaw’s late-first period penalty expired.
Chicago didn’t stay out of the box in the third, unfortunately, and it cost them again. Jonathan Toews made a terrific defensive play, but passed the puck up the ice and caught his teammates mid-change and the Hawks were called for having too many men on the ice. For the second time in three opportunities, the Sens made the power play count as Mark Stone found the back of the net.
Thankfully, Kane’s night wasn’t over yet.
That is Artem Anisimov’s 11th goal of the season and Craig Anderson had no clue where the puck was when it hit the net behind him. Anisimov had two points in the game but won just four of 13 faceoffs as the “second” line once again accounted for all of the Hawks’ offense.
On the first shift in overtime, Hoffman finished a 2-on-1 breakaway with Erik Karlson; Kane was alone defensively and Ottawa’s hottest scorer ended the game 30 seconds into free hockey.
Kane, Toews and Marian Hossa finished the night with two takeaways each while Tanner Kero led the way with three hits. Kero also struggled at the dot, winning only one of five draws on the night. Toews (11 of 19) and Marcus Kruger (six of nine) were the only Blackhawks to win more than half of their faceoffs.
Teuvo Teravainen got the start with Toews and Hossa and had a couple good moments, but didn’t blow anyone away. He was credited with only one shot on net in 15:53 and skated himself out of position on a couple occasions. Marko Dano was involved physically the entire night, but disappeared down the stretch. He finished the night with the lowest ice time on the Hawks (8:25).
Niklas Hjalmarsson led the Blackhawks with five… shots on goal. Trevor van Riemsdyk led the Hawks with two blocked shots and Duncan Keith picked up an assist to give him 10 points in 10 games since returning from injury. Keith skated 29:14 in the game.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves in the loss, while Anderson stopped 35 to earn the victory.
Kane now has 35 points during his 21-game point streak. But, at some point, offense has to come from somewhere else in the lineup.
The Hawks are back on the United Center ice on Sunday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.