On the night they gave away free Halloween-inspired goalie masks, the Blackhawks got their offense back on track after a disappointing loss in Nashville.
After being outshot by the Predators and seeing their shot numbers shrink in each of the past few contests, the Hawks came out firing on Friday night and made them count. Carey Price faced 36 shots, and did an admirable job of keeping 33 from slipping past him. But the three tallies were enough for the Hawks to get a big home win to end a good month of hockey.
Shots wasn’t the only thing firing in the first period. Andrew Ladd stepped into the fray and lit up Mike D’Agostini like a Christmas tree. A slap-tickle session broke out in front of the Canadiens’ bench where the hit took place, and the refs needed a moment to sort through the penalties.
When the dust settled, Ladd received a game misconduct, five minutes for elbowing D’Agostini, and two more for roughing Kyle Chipchura. The five minutes were served by Jordan Hendry, who only spent 5:44 on the ice. Chipchura received a two minutes roughing penalty for mixing it up with Ladd.
The Hawks killed the three minutes they were short-handed because of the Ladd penalty, and also had to kill two more penalties, on Brent Sopel and Duncan Keith, in the first period. In total, the Hawks penalty killing units were fantastic in the game, killing crucial penalties in the first and third periods.
Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg led the offensive charge with two points each. Versteeg scored the first goal of the game in the first period, and then Kane and Versteeg assisted Cam Barker on his goal in the second that extended the Hawks’ lead to 2-0.
But a right-place-right-time goal for Mike Cammalleri on a deflection cut the lead in half, and with only two second left in the second the lead was surrendered by Cristobal Huet on shot that appeared to be banked in off his shoulder. The second period ended with the Hawks dominating the pace and flow of the game, but the scoreboard tied.
In the third period, the Blackhawks turned up their defensive intensity and it showed. The Hawks only allowed five shots on goal in the final frame, and Huet was up to the task on all of them. Huet would stop 20 of the 22 shots he faced in the game Friday night.
With just over four minutes left in the game, Patrick Kane controlled the puck at center ice and threw a ridiculous move around a defender along the boards to get himself into space. Once clear, he fired a great, clean pass to Patrick Sharp in the middle of the ice who promptly buried it in the back of the net for the game-winner.
Brian Campbell continues playing big minutes as Seabrook continues to come back from his concussion. Both Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson have both played long, good minutes in the last couple weeks, with Campbell playing over 25 minutes on Friday night.
The Blackhawks are now off until next Thursday, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.
Oh, I would be terribly, terribly mistaken if I didn’t show everyone how two of your favorite Blackhawks celebrated Halloween a night early. Below is how Captain Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish looked when they attended Friday night’s game against Montreal. My question is, between these two guys, who’s “dumber”?