After escaping with a victory against the Minnesota Wild thanks to Collin Delia’s dominance, the Blackhawks once again got to work early in Denver on Saturday night.
Patrick Kane did a Patrick Kane thing and Alex DeBrincat scored an easy power play goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead only 1:46 into the game.
Dylan Strome was credited with the second assist on DeBrincat’s goal. The goal is the 18th of the season for DeBrincat.
Eight minutes later, Kane was on the receiving end of a nice pass from Artem Anisimov and the Hawks moved to a 2-0 lead.
Strome was once again credited with the second assist, giving him a third consecutive multi-point game. Kane’s goal was his 21st of the year.
Colorado wasn’t going to go away was quietly as Minnesota, however. Mikko Rantanen scored a power play goal with 2:56 left in the first period to cut the lead in half.
The first period would end with the Blackhawks leading 2-1. Chicago was credited with 15 shots on net while Colorado put 16 shots on net in the opening 20 minutes; Delia was once again on point. But the Hawks would need to add to their lead as they did against the Wild if they wanted to beat the high-powered Avs attack.
Chicago did not add onto their lead in the second period, and Colorado tied the game. Nathan MacKinnon’s 23rd of the year tied the game with 1:39 left in the second.
Each team was credited with nine shots on net in the second period.
With 1:12 remaining in a tie game, the Hawks got a break when Gabriel Landeskog whacked Connor Murphy in the face.
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Four minutes of power play time were awarded, which in the past may have felt like an advantage for the Avs but the Blackhawks have been performing better on the power play of late.
Chicago didn’t convert in the final 72 seconds and regulation came to a close with the score tied. The Blackhawks held a 35-32 shot advantage after 60 minutes of hockey.
For the seventh time in their last nine games the Hawks pick up a point in the standings. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
The power play came through for a second time on the night in overtime. This time Jonathan Toews set up Kane for the goal and the Hawks came up with a big road in in Denver.
On his current seven-game point streak, Kane has 13 points (seven goals, six assists). Kane has a point in 13 of 15 games in the month of December.
DeBrincat led Chicago with seven shots on net. Strome won seven of 18 faceoffs and was credited with one hit and one takeaway with his two assists in 19:28.
Toews won 12 of 25 faceoffs in 23:13, the heaviest work load among Chicago forwards. Kane skated 22:08 and had three points with four shots on net.
Brent Seabrook was limited to 14:31 on the ice but led Chicago with three blocked shots as Jeremy Colliton continues to limit his time on ice. Seabrook has been more of a penalty killer of late as well as Erik Gustafsson has emerged as a threat on the power play and it’s worked well for everyone involved. Gustafsson has power play assists in back-to-back games.
Delia was great again. He has now stopped 111 of 117 shots in his three appearances since Corey Crawford went down (.957 save percentage).