In the span of less than two minutes on the game clock in the middle of the second period, the Blackhawks blew out the Flames.
Chicago dominated the first period, out-shooting Calgary 10-4 and not allowing the Flames’ second shot on net until there were less than five minutes left on the clock. But neither team was able to find the back of the net.
David Jones gave the Flames a lead at 3:41 into the second period, finding a loose puck in traffic in front of Scott Darling and tapping it home. That would be the extent of the Calgary offense against a very good Chicago defense and excellent performance from Darling. But the Hawks offense would waste little time putting a bow on their final home game of November.
At 6:37, Patrick Kane tied the game with a wicked back-handed shot.
Only 63 second later, Marian Hossa unloaded a missile from the point and beat Karri Ramo for his second of the season. Hossa’s goal would hold up as the game-winner.
And just 52 seconds after Hossa’s goal, Kane found Artemi Panarin for what proved to be the nail in the coffin.
When the dust settled from a furious two minutes, the Hawks had a two-goal lead and the Flames appeared to be defeated. And, even though it was the Hawks who played a road game the previous night, the Flames didn’t appear to have anything left.
With only a few seconds left in the middle period, Brent Seabrook went to the room with a bloody face. He needed repairs but was back ready for the start of the third period.
Calgary put a push on early in the third period, but Darling was up to the task. He made 22 saves over the final 40 minutes and 25 in the game to earn a good home victory.
When Jonathan Toews scored into an empty net with 38 seconds remaining, Hossa picked up his second point of the night. Kane also had a goal and an assist for a multi-point evening.
Ramo allowed three of the Hawks’ four goals but really didn’t have a terrible night, stopping 37 shots in the loss. Unfortunately, the skaters in front of him didn’t meet the challenge of a healthy Blackhawks team. And, after a physical game in St. Louis on Saturday night, the Flames were exactly what the doctor ordered. Calgary was credited with 39 hits as a team but weren’t hard on the Hawks at all. Indeed, most of the game felt more like a preseason game from the seats at the United Center.
Toews led the Hawks with six shots on net and won 13 of 18 faceoffs in a dominant effort. He picked up one hit, two takeaways and two more penalty minutes in the game as well.
The Hawks’ big four defensemen were all over 22 minutes in the game, but only Duncan Keith went over 23 in the game. Chicago’s top pair of Keith (24:13) and Hjalmarsson (22:35) finished with three blocked shots each. Seabrook (22:25) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (22:31) finished with a team-high four blocked shots each.
Ryan Garbutt racked up eight hits in 10:14 to lead Chicago, while Andrew Shaw picked up seven hits in 14:17.
Tanner Kero had another nice night, winning seven of ten at the dot with two hits and two blocked shots in 13:30. Marko Dano, once again skating primarily with Hossa and Toews, only got on the ice for 11:35 but was credited with two hits and one takeaway.
The Hawks begin their Circus Trip in Edmonton on Wednesday night.