With his team going through an offensive drought, Patrick Kane made sure the Blackhawks left Winnipeg with a victory.
After the Hawks were shutout in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career, Kane got the Blackhawks on the board at 2:50 into the second period to tie the game. The game would stay tied through the end of regulation, and it was Kane again making a spectacular play in overtime to set up Brandon Saad for the game-winning goal.
Kane was credited with a team-high five shots on goal in the game, and his individual efforts on the Hawks’ two goals led the Blackhawks to victory.
Corey Crawford allowed a goal to Mark Scheifele after a failed clearing attempt from David Rundblad hit a referee. Rundblad’s night was effectively over only 4:51 into the game; he only skated three more shifts after the early turnover, and was on the ice for only 3:50 in the game.
Crawford, however, was fantastic and kept his team in the game. He made 20 saves, eight of which came in the third period, and made timely saves throughout the game.
Jonathan Toews skated 21:21 and won 14 of 21 faceoffs in the victory, while Patrick Sharp picked up an assist and won three of seven at the dot. Teuvo Teravainen saw more ice time again, getting 14:19 on Friday night with one shot on net.
Andrew Shaw led the team with six hits but spent a couple minutes in the penalty box with Bryan Bickell after the teams came together late in the third period. Blake Wheeler and Adam Pardy received off-setting minor penalties in the wake of the teams exchanging pleasantries.
Daniel Carcillo returned from his suspension and, predictably, dropped the gloves on his first shift. He was credited with one hit in 10:26 on Friday night. Here’s the shift chart for the two teams (from war-on-ice.com):
With the victory, coach Joel Quenneville became the second coach in NHL history to win 300 games with two franchises (Scotty Bowman).
For Winnipeg, the overtime loss extends their losing streak to six games and the noise around the team is only getting louder. Forward Evander Kane was scratched because of a coach’s decision in his hometown, Vancouver, earlier this week . Rumors are flying about his relationship with the organization and his teammates being in ruins, and on Friday he opted to have shoulder surgery and end his 2014-15 season.
The Blackhawks are now 3-3-0 on their current seven-game road trip with wins at Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Winnipeg – all currently playoff teams. Chicago will play in St. Louis on Sunday against a Blues team that will be pissed off; the Blues allowed seven goals in Columbus on Friday night. However, St. Louis’ loss in Columbus was only their third of the calendar year and ended a seven-game winning streak.