Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks Steal OT Win

The Dallas Stars came into Chicago on a roll, but the Hawks were able to put together just enough offense to skate away with an overtime victory on Sunday night.

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Dallas got on the board first as Jamie Benn knocked a rebound past Corey Crawford for his 12th of the season only four minutes into the game. Only 75 seconds later, Jonathan Toews fed the puck through traffic in front of the net to find Brandon Saad waiting to tip it home.

The second period opened with an offensive flurry, as the teams combined to score three goals in the opening five minutes. Jordie Benn joined what became a 4-on-2 rush to score his first of the season, but the Hawks bounced back as Patrick Kane tied the game less than two minutes later.

Eric Cole scored his eighth of the season only 45 seconds after Kane’s tally to give Dallas the lead back. This time, it took the Blackhawks more than 13 minutes to tie the game. Bryan Bickell redirected a Brad Richards shot past Kari Lehtonen for a power play goal to tie the game inside two minutes remaining in the period.

Cole and Richards made an impact in the third period as well. Cole scored his second of the night to cap a three-point effort at 4:05 to give Dallas the lead once again. Richard countered nearly 12 minutes later with a shot eerily similar to the one from Kane that won the 2010 Stanley Cup.

In the third period, coach Joel Quenneville threw his lines into the blender again as he looked to find combinations that clicked with Kris Versteeg missing from the lineup. He appeared to like what he saw from Richards with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, and was rewarded with Richards tying the game late in regulation.

Overtime began with a flurry as Toews, Kane and Johnny Oduya spent most of the first minute putting pressure on Lehtonen and the Stars. At the other end, Crawford nearly gave the game away before flopping on the puck to get a whistle. Sharp ended the game moments later, finishing a fabulous dish from Duncan Keith for his eighth of the season.

Hossa and Keith finished with two assists each, while Sharp was credited with an assist and the game-winner. Bickell led the way with six hits in addition to his goal, while Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked a team-high four shots and bailed out Crawford in overtime. Hossa was strong all over the ice, tying Richards with a team-high two takeaways with his two assists on the night.

Keith and Brent Seabrook may have been voted to the All-Star Game this weekend, but they have had better nights at the office than Sunday evening. They were on the ice for the last three Dallas goals.

Star prospect Teuvo Teravainen made his season debut and floated with different lines for his 15 shifts, most of which came in the first two periods. He finished the night with three shots, all in the first period, and won two of five faceoffs with one blocked shot and one hit.

Neither netminder had a great night. Crawford made 30 saves in the victory, while Lehtonen made 33 in defeat.

The Hawks are back at the United Center on Tuesday night when the Colorado Avalanche visit Chicago.

48 thoughts on “Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks Steal OT Win

  1. Crawford played better than the numbers show. All four goals were deflections/defensive lapses. That turnover in OT was an egregious error, however. We’re lucky to walk away with two points. The Hawks don’t quit

  2. All goalies have to deal with bad bounces and deflections but it seems like lately there have been more than the average amount of them ending up behind CC. Take the Star’s first goal tonight – the shot has heading wide of the net to CC’s left when it hits something, takes a left turn and ends up on Benn’s stick right in front of the net. One of their other goals was a “shake your head” goal too, where a point shot was going well wide of the net and Cole deflected it almost 90 degrees to sneak it past the post.

    But … in the end the Hawks got the 2 points so who cares!

    TT looked hesitant a few times. Nothing too egregious though so hopefully Q doesn’t tug on the choke collar.

    Nice to see Bickell standing in front of the net. He’s actually pretty good at it and should try it more often.

    Avs next, on Tuesday. Come out ready to play and don’t give the Avs anything to get excited about. They’re another fast team that can come with a lot of speed if they get on a roll.

  3. Like most Dallas games, that was fun. 91 with an incredible shot to put us in OT and it was a wild 77sec.

    Who was that big dude in front deftly tipping in the ppg ? Engblom noted that 29 was struggling mightily in practice during the tip drill portion

    Patrick Sharp is good at hockey and will never be without handsome offers to play it.
    Was a little concerned as i listened to 1st pd when Troy talked of Garbutt went after 10 at his knees but when i viewed it during intermission is seemed fairly
    tame. Dont like that young man much though, too reckless

    we have been tied after 2 a lot of games this yr! .. 16 of 39 is a big #

  4. Whatever shortfalls Keith had during the game he sure made amends with that pass to Sharp. That pass was a beauty. Sharpie recieving that pass and shooting for the high % area sure shows off years of skill and experience. That was the difference in the game. Tried real hard to watch TT but he became invisible as the game went on. Very nasty bad play by Crawford in the OT, lets hope he learns something from that… permanently! Something on Coreys mind lately? It was a fun game but lets be honest; only because of the outcome…had Dallas scored the winner in OT then its not a fun game. Takeaway…this team does not quit.

  5. ….Also Keiths huge pass to Hossa and on to Richards, which as Tab has pointed out, was the same goal scored by Kane for the Cup. Maybe Richards got lucky there but I,ve seen this done several times now. Leafs had one just like it last season.

  6. Who do you guys blame more for the higher scoring (3+ goals) the last two weeks or so? Crawford or the defense?

    Right now, I’m leaning towards the D but that’s just me. We’re still finding ways to win, but I would feel a lot more comfortable going into the playoffs with Crawford only allowing 2 or fewer goals a game (like the first two months of the season)

  7. The whole team. That’s what makes rare teams that are top5 off. and top5 def. really good. Not going to score 4or more or give up 2or less every game, but we can win high and low scoring games when we have to.

    We done this a few times now (like the redwings did)(before cap) since weve had our team. It just goes with the territory of being that rare team.

  8. Lots of high scoring games going on throughout the league lately..Nashville 7 LA 6, what up with that? Oilers pot 5 tonite…6 for Rangers and 5 for Devils….it just happens ..after holidays responses…Morrison is right, the better teams respond in kind and compete for the win.

    Frolik Navidad…based on pure observation and speculation I would hazard to guess 35% Crawford, 65% Defense lapse. Just a weighted guess. I do think something is bugging Crawford. Aw hell, what do I know.

  9. I am not sure that it is as easy as simply saying, Hawks win, so who cares.

    Crawford is bringing home an epic amount of cash, the kind of cash that could buy a lot of goals in a season.

  10. I found it interesting that Q used Nordstrom AND TT and let Carcillo sit this game out. AND both got more than 10 minutes.

    I believe the D, in an effort to create more offense, is the reason for more goals against. A natural reaction to playing from behind. The Hawks have given up more shots against lately and that usually results from pinching defensemen.

  11. Crawford has been average the past few weeks and it’s a problem that we better hope gets turned around sooner than later. Playing catchup after soft-ish goals drains a team and is no way to enter the playoffs. Been this way since his return, and yes, we’re getting away with it, and yes, there’s plenty of time to get back on track. BUT, if this is the goaltending we’re going to get from CC I’d rather save $5/6M and go with Darling/Raanta in ’15-16.. I know I know I know, he’s won a cup, etc (to all the Crawford defenders). I am not proposing a change for this year, I am simply looking at the future with respect to current performance. Bottom line, we’re 4-3 in past 7 games and the goaltending has not been great.

    How good does the Richards acquisition look? Great piece to the puzzle.

    TT still looks like he’s not ready. Was it 1st game jitters? Was it wrong line? (he’s obviously not a 4th line grinder type.) Dunno…

    Get ready for the Q blender routine now that 23 is out. Now’s his chance to experiment again. Not that I’m looking forward to that…

  12. Two and perhaps three goals last night came because forwards did not skate back into the zone to cover a trailer/D man on the rush. Watch the replays; our forwards were way late getting back in the zone and left a trailer alone multiple times. I would not blame it on the D last night, even though there were way too many turnovers by the D.

  13. re: the Q blender – I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we saw a lot of 10-91-81 on Tuesday night vs Colorado. They looked good in the third period. Whether or not Q keeps Toews & Kane together largely depends on what he wants to do w/ Teravainen (seems counterintuitive, but…). He clearly wants to find a spot where Teravainen feels more comfortable, and I’m not sure Smith & Nordstrom are the guys to do that. As I said before the game, I’d love to see a few shifts of 20-86-81 to see what the kid can do between a couple Ferraris… slot Toews between 10 & 88 and Richards w/ 65 & 29.

  14. Agree that 86 is not going to show well in 3/4th line role.. Not excited to see 91 moved down for any substantial period of time, but would be more informative and interesting to see how TT looks w/ offensive complements.

  15. Hawks made terrible mistakes all over the ice, bad passes, turnovers, too many odd man breaks………but in the end, they pulled it out.

    Hockey is a game of attrition and the Hawks find a way to pounce on the opposing teams mistakes more often than not. Call it “will”, “determination”, “heart”, “resiliency”, or maybe sometimes just plain old “good luck”, but they find a way to win. I love watching this team!!

  16. AJ- Get real dude, this team has also won a cup with Niemi and made Emery look like a HOFr.. The question is resource allocation and what tools you need most to win a cup with a cap. If you can’t get that it’s ok..

  17. Good Game . . . Stars sort of took the “middle ice away” clogged it up, most teams try to tie up the small hawks defensemen in our zone on the boards but OWNING THE MIDDLE is GOLD! Most teams like get in the corner and beat us up, Stars figured it out, all you gotta do is slow the hawks down and pray. Crawford was okay . . . .
    Teuvo Teravainen looked horrible, he looked lost, he’s defense a la back check is non-existent and Hawks don’t like that. His size “tiny” may also work against him because he winds up laying with other “under sized or average” players Put him in BOSTON he’s be a rock star but here i think it will be a long time coming. He’s got skill for sure but he needs open ice and can not create open ice like Kane or Towes that the difference creating your own space . . . When is TVR coming back we need him
    !

  18. Other than a big turnover in the first period TT looked ok to me. The kid sure has some serious speed and quickness. The fact that he was a little tentative is not surprising in his first game this year. I agree with the posts that he needs to be playing with some skilled guys. Good to see the minutes spread around as everybody skated over 10 minutes.

  19. I was at the game last night and a guy with the worlds largest head (which is saying something because my head is also gigantic) was sitting right in front of me and leaning forward. I pretty much couldn’t see half of the neutral zone without standing up and I wasn’t about to do that to the poor soul behind me. So the lesson here is to not lean forward if you have a gigantic head because you ruin the experience of those behind you.

    TT looked hesitant to me, which is weird because it’s obvious that he diagnoses plays quickly, but last night he was just slow to act when the puck was on his stick. His movement away from the puck was fantastic.

    I heard Troy Murray talking about Crawford letting in some softies after the game, not really sure which ones he considered soft. The defense left Crow out to dry numerous times and he didn’t have much of a chance at stopping any of the goals. Still, since coming back from the injury, Crawford has not been lights out like he was before the injury.

  20. I think it was ER that posted the Hawks early game “tell” is whether their passes are crisp and tape to tape. Have not seen much of that the past 2 weeks as opponnets are reading some of the cneter ice passing lanes the hawks typically leverage to spread the ice. Bottom line, our boys wwent through an impressive hot streak that makes them a one of 3-4 Cup favorites, but lots of hockey left to play untill the PO’s.

    Although this is a team game and we have seen plenty of bad plays on D the past 2 weeks (bad givaways by 2, 27, 5, 7, etc), and have also seen some back checking problems of late, here’s Crawford’s number pre and post the concert stumble numbers:
    * Pre: 1.87 goals-against average and .929 save percentage through 18 starts
    * Post: 3.00 GAA (18 goals in 6 games), and a .892 save percentage

  21. I think you also have to credit the opposing coaches for their game plans. Regardless of the 4 goals, Stars could have had 2 or 3 more. Approaches from coaches playing teams like the Hawks evolves over the season. Dallas last night clogged up the neutral zone better than last time. Scored first and had our pinching D on their heels for several of their breakouts.

    You also have to give Q some credit. When your on top, it is a very tough job for a coach to stay ahead of the opponents counter moves. Sitting Carcillo in favor of speed in either 42 or 86 shows that Q is willing to address the competition and situation. I doubt if Carcillo sits if the game was in Dallas.

  22. CC’s save percentage is dramatically down since he came back from the injury. Part of that is probably due to getting back up to game speed and “finding his groove”. Another factor is the team defense hasn’t been as good and there have been more quality shots directed him. And lastly, sometimes puck luck is a factor. The opponents have gotten some fortunate bounces and deflections where CC really didn’t have a chance at stopping it. The anti-CC bias is strong among many Hawks fans. Don’t count me among them – I’ve got confidence that Crow will get the job done when it matters most which I do not have in the guys that have never been there or done that.

  23. Typical January / February sloppy play.

    I wouldn’t hand Raanta the keys after 34 total NHL games and an underwhelming year last year. The Hawks D had trouble making him look like a HOFer FWIW that time around.

    And Darling after 7 NHL games seems a little preposterous as well.

    In terms of SA\G this really isn’t the same defensively dominant team that won in 2010 and 2013 so there’s that.

    A lot of this years success has been a direct result of good goaltending and I’d rather have a proven winner then start the dice rolling. There’s something to be said about the devil you know. Especially in that regard.

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

  24. “As I said before the game, I’d love to see a few shifts of 20-86-81 to see what the kid can do between a couple Ferraris… slot Toews between 10 & 88 and Richards w/ 65 & 29.”

    NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

    Why is Q so antsy to move 10. His low shot % and high shot volume makes him the perfect fit with 65 & 29. As good a player as he can be, he’s a total production drag on either of the top lines. At least on this line, the shot volume is warranted because of the style of the other two guys.

    Why mess with the top line. Saad is quickly becoming one of the best 2-way players in the game. Enough with the blender.

    A few shifts of 86 with 88 & 91 would be fun. He can play the 2nd dangler ala Versteeg with those skills and develop into a key puck possession guy. He’s also already getting time on the #2 PP unit, so he should develop there as well.

  25. All Goalies have ups and downs, its impossible to expect All Star level goaltending every game. I’d rather have a goalie that has a few clunkers in the regular season then a guy that can’t put it together in the playoffs (think Varlamov or Ryan Miller). Crow has been pretty average lately but so has the team in front of him.

    Crow will probably go down to have most reg season wins as a Hawk & most playoff wins. In a year or two his contract will look down right affordable so I would not be interested in moving Crow for anything.

  26. Crawford is the same guy who was MVP of this team before he went down with the injury. So he’s come back from that injury and admittedly struggled. So what…give him some time to round back into shape and get his game back to where it was. He is a very significant piece of this team and we don’t win a Cup without him in goal. Raanta and Darling get this team no where if they are option 1 / 1a in goal. So lets just stop that silliness.

  27. OBD- What’s “silliness” is some posters inability to read and/or comprehend valid points that consider moving CC next year. So, you’re positive CC comes back to top form this year? Good, I hope so too as it adds to his value and helps contribute to another Cup run. Whether he stays for the full 6 years or goes next- noone posted anything different than that goal for ’14-15.

    In the meantime, during the teams dominant run both Darling and Raanta put up virtually identical numbers as CC. Are they proven in the payoffs? No, and neither was Crawford up to and including and following his Phoenix performances.

    Regardless, it’s not the point here. It comes down to tough choices and how is the team better positioned to win another cup in ’15-16 and beyond? Is it easier to replace CC or Seabrook? (I’d keep 7.) How bout CC vs 10? Do we have similarly talented forwards to Sharp in the pipeline? (I’d keep 10.) You want to keep 20? (I do). if so, someone with a big $$ has to go to make the cap and keep the team competitive. Evaluating tough choices is not “silly”, like it or not they have to be evaluated and made on merits without sticking your head in the sand..

  28. Sidebar: Capgeek is no longer operating as the founder apparently is having health issues (per the site.) Sorry to see this hockey fan and resource going through tough times…

  29. Jez lots of comments all over the place today . . . Hawks could be the best team in the NHL exhale. Talent wise they have developed a team built on speed, stick skills and hockey IQ, back checkers and very easy to coach. Crawford is about as good as anyone, the Hawks Defense is so good WE will never know how great he can be, remember Pippen All World Year when Jordan left remember loser Jimmy Hardballs year with Colts with a good front line after leaving the Bears? Anyway, it’s sort of an art and science to critic thoughtfully. Number 10 SHARP is on so many different lines because he is the most flexible and dependable Hawk and his production does not depend on his line mates! Kane and Towes together is only an option of desperation.

  30. Let’s give the Stars some credit – they have high-end team speed and some very talented forwards. Their transition game was as strong as any team I have seen recently. As someone who called out Runblad earlier in the year, he seems much more comfortable of late and Q seems to have some confidence in him as well. Thought last night was Bickell’s best game. In addition to getting to the front of the net he was skating hard all night. TT seems a bit weighed down by massive expectations. He is tentative in the offensive zone as it appears he is scared of being caught up ice. Playing with a bunch of different teammates last night didn’t help. There is no question about his skill level – hopefully he will get a goal or a few assists in the next few games and start to settle in.

  31. Regarding the goaltending I am very interested to see how the Hawks decide on the future back-up. I bet they have received multiple inquiries about Darling given his performance this year. I believe both Darling and Raanta are only signed through this year and I can’t see Darling re-signing on a two-way deal.

  32. Negzz- Re: Moving Crow next year/paying/skating better players in front of Goalie…you are preaching to the Choir here!!!

    I agree 100%…

    I just watched game DVR… I was out of town on long golf trip…
    Can’t blame Crow for most of the goals… BUT- Crow was Bad (and not on the goals)…
    JS- Always points out how Raanta makes him nervous (and rightfully so- sometimes)… Crow looked like Bennie Hill out there… dropping pucks, looking left for loose rebounds and scrambling when puck was right, then the Spin-o-rama pass to Stars in OT… He was bad!!!

    Another joke- was watching 88 in slow-mo on Stars 3rd goal… Coasted all the way thru center ice (Not one leg pump/stride)… the shot goes in … bounces out to the slot… Kane comes in and grabs it turns up ice (legs spinning like the RoadRunner)..cuz he thinks he is going to have a break-away… (he must of grabbed a power bar from the Hawks bench- when he cruised back on D)…

    3 years ago I would have called for him to be traded tomorrow… now I just accept it as Kane being Kane….

    TT- played well on a few shifts,,, muffed a couple… I think ER has pointed it out before… He is a slow starter… cerebral to a fault… once he figures out guys tendencies… he will be quicker/smoother/better… He really needs to learn how to keep his skates on boards/contact… they Taught 25 and 5 (both were terrible initially)… He looked MUCH faster/smarter by game 30 for Hogs vs. game 4!!!
    Majority of his points in Liiga came in 2nd half of season…

  33. Crawford has not been the same since he has come back letting in 1-2 weak goals a game (third Caps goal over his glove hand and short side goal against Dallas). Whether he will rebound to his stellar pre injury state remains to be seen (hope so). With all that said to say a goalie can be replaced to keep a forward is not to understand play off hockey. Goalies win cups just as pitchers win world series. A great team with a mediocre goalie will not win while a mediocre team with a great goalie may win(think rookie Patrick Roy’s Conn Smythe performance to win the cup for Montreal his rookie year). while Crawford is no Roy and makes us all cringe from time to time we certainly have no clue how Dahrling or Raanta would perform during the series known as the cup.

  34. Stoked to be able to get another game to watch here in San Diego, way to go nhl, I’m getting way more Hawks games than Bulls games out here and they’re both competing at similar levels. It did look like the Stars were getting a little more puck luck than the Hawks as far as bounces in the open ice leading to breakaways and rebounds, but not a huge advantage, and the refs might have been a little kinder to the Hawks. Crow had very bad and very good moments. He’s Not doing a great job statistically since coming back, but points are points. I seem to notice the Hawks often not having 5 players in the Defensive zone often, not sure if it’s just that the Hawks are in the offensive zone so much or their forwards are just chronically late getting back on D (even Kruger this game, he seemed out of the action when he was centering the 2nd line I think it was), maybe I’m just looking up during line changes, I dunno. Anyone else notice that?

  35. On the third Dallas goal Kane made no attempt to get back and Richards tried to get back but was too slow. Give some credit to Dallas as they have excellent team speed. Crawford has looked uncomfortable since his return but I am confident he will get it together prior to the playoffs. Runblad had a few Leddy like moves skating out of the D zone. The kid is making progress.

  36. Nick- I did notice the 16 not getting back… caught to deep… I just assumed he had the mentality of being on the “scoring line” instead of the “checking 4th”… so it is…

    Hawks1961… I was going to comment on Runbad… thought he was really good…
    5 has been solid for a couple … than makes a big mistake and stinks it up for a game… but overall- way better growth than I ever thought possible from him… especially on the boards… he no longer is falling down every other contact… he is beating guys to the puck or “boxing out- like TvR did so well- and chipping the puck”… without being physical or falling down… Kudos to the Hawks coaches and players for helping/teaching him. Hope he can continue.

  37. Negzz, Wall, I agree with you. I am not advocating the Hawks start shopping Crow now but at his Cap hit, he must be considered expendable. The Hawks have 2 promising young goal tenders and a veteran goalie in the system. SB may have no choice and needs a trading partner, of course. But if you put up 7, 10, 20 and 50 and said you have to lose one of these guys, 50 MUST be a consideration

  38. Additionally, If Crow and the Hawks get bounced in the first round or Crow just plays an average game, finding a trade partner may be tough.

  39. I think Sharp has to be the 1st guy on the list to go this summer, age and $$ make him the most logical choice.
    What we would get for Crow if he went, if we could get a #1 from one of the weakest teams it might be worth it for the cap relief considering our net minding situation. McDavid, Eichel, or even Zacha could be in the NHL quickly but would Carolina or Edmonton give up that pick for one of the elite goaltenders in hockey?

  40. next season in my eyes isn’t the most problem. Wouldn’t the season after that be more of a problem since Seabrook, Shaw, and Smiths contracts are up? Next season it’s Saad, Darling, and Kruger for sure keeping. We have over a mil right now. We let go of both Rozsival and Oduya that’s a combined 5 mil and IF and I hope so if the cap goes up 3 or 4 mil wouldn’t that be all together 9 or 10 mil right there in cap space? I agree one of the goalies will be up for a possibility of going bye bye but since I doubt it’s darling it’s one of the other 2. So I’m asking am I right in all of this? Am I missing a huge key fact? Besides the fact of not knowing the rookies in rockford coming up thing. Jw what’s up u know? Thanks!

  41. Veronica: The Hawks will be at 69 mildo with 11 forwards and 4 defenders on the books. Cap should be between 72-76 million. Some decision or another will need to be made salary wise to retain Saad and sign Seabrook after the following year as well as carry a full roster.

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