Blackhawks Come Back, Beat Blues In OT

The Blackhawks returned to the United Center after splitting a four-game road trip. This game was supposed to be the Thanksgiving Showdown on ABC, but the Blackhawks being a trainwreck on and off the ice early this season saw it flexed to the mid-afternoon ESPN+ only broadcast. Good times.

The Blues, on the other hand, came in with seven defensemen in the lineup. They had lost six of their previous eight games. So this game didn’t shape up as the top-shelf rivalry matchup the network hoped for when they saw it on the schedule.

Making matters worse for Hawks fans was many finally remembering the game was only available on their phones/tablets only to find the Blackhawks down 1-0 less than one minute into the game. Pavel Buchnevich, who is going to be a headache for years now that he’s in St. Louis, scored 59 seconds into the game.

The Blues added a power play goal from Ivan Barbashev at 16:39 and took a two-goal lead to the room after 20 minutes. St. Louis out-shot the Hawks 16-10 in the first period and was the more physical team.

However, St. Louis only got four shifts from David Perron in the first period and he was done for the day. He was hit cleanly in the early stages of the first period, but it appeared he hit his head on the glass as a result of the hit and went straight to the room.

Chicago needed a spark so defenseman Jake McCabe decided to drop the gloves with Brayden Schenn. McCabe got his lunch handed to him but the Blackhawks responded surprisingly well from the fight. Six seconds after the fight, Jujhar Khaira got the Hawks on the board.

Khaira’s goal came with assists from Reese Johnson and Mike Hardman.

The Blackhawks did a nice job of controlling the puck for a majority of the second period, but the Blues kept the puck outside and limited the number of actual shots on net the Hawks were able to generate. Chicago and St. Louis were credited with six shots each in the second period, and the Blues started the third period with a one-goal lead.

Unfortunately the start of the third period was a gong show for the Hawks. Chicago got an early power play that saw a good cycle end when Patrick Kane lost an edge and the second PP unit look like absolute crap. From there, the Hawks offense disappeared.

The Blackhawks were trying to create some momentum and were doing a great job shutting down the Blues’ offense. Kevin Lankinen kept the puck out and the Hawks just needed one break. And they got one when a shot directed at the net was redirected by Brandon Hagel and slipped in for a game-tying goal.

Seth Jones and Jonathan Toews picked up the assists on Hagel’s seventh goal of the season; this is his third straight game lighting the lamp.

St. Louis had one shot on net in the opening 15 minutes of the third period.

The Blues got a few more good looks and put some pressure on the Hawks in the closing minutes but Chicago was able to hang on to secure overtime.

Lankinen stopped 22 of 24 in regulation. Seth Jones skated 26:52 before the overtime started and two Hawks forwards – Khaira and Alex DeBrincat – led the team with three shots on goal each. The Hawks out-shot the Blues 10-2 in the third.

Chicago started overtime with Seth Jones, Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews on the ice. Kane came on for Dach but Toews and Jone sremained on for more than 70 seconds each. Toews went off for DeBrincat and the Hawks immediately got a 2-on-1 with DeBrincat and Kane attacking. Kane set up DeBrincat and the game was over. OT GWG for the Cat and the Blackhawks came back from a two-goal, first period deficit to beat the Blues.

This was a good win. The Blackhawks did not start well but slowly crept back into the game and Lankinen held them at two goals.

48 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Back, Beat Blues In OT

  • November 26, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Hawks find a way Again to win that game from a 0-2 to a nice 3-2 overtime goal
    Hagel was Equal to himself and score another goal .what a player to have on our team he does everything on the ice . I said at the beginning of the year that he could score 25-30 goals iff not hurt . Now he has 7 with missing 3 games.
    DCat is always a treat when he his on the ice and we might have a 45- goal scorer on our team this year .he also had 5 yes 5 hits in the game ..
    Lankinen was good in goal and they have another 2 pts

  • November 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    OK, be honest. Did anyone think ‘here we go again’ when the 1st goal was scored in the opening minutes? Was The Who’s ‘We Don’t Get Fooled Again’ playing in your head as you sang ‘meet the new boss – same as the old boss’?

    I can honestly say, I did not (only because I did not follow the game).

  • November 26, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Nice backup goalie win, never quit, hung in, played solid defense and results, great team win. WJ have to admit was hoping the wheels don’ t come off early when they scored the first one in the first minute.

  • November 26, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    I sure hope this is not fools gold and this stretch does not result in Davidson and King becoming the GM/Coach pair.
    I like King and get the fact the players like and respect him because he has NHL street cred. It seems it’s really more of a King-Marc Crawford Co-coaching situation.

    However, we cannot have a beginner as a GM. There’s too much at stake. Too many big decisions. Need an established builder.

  • November 26, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Decent 1st game back from the coast. This team seems to weather storms much better under King. Debrincat and Hagel are developing a reliable consistency. It was good to see Reese play a full game at Center. He looks good with Hardman and Khaira. It would be nice if Kubalik,Kurashev,Borgstrom,Dach,or Toews and Carpenter could provide some points. It’s too bad Toews goal got called back in the 1st but we need more on every shift.

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Craig, I agree on being cautious nor only for the G.M coaching repricussions but the fact that the Blues have been really bad by their standards the last 3 weeks. When is the last time that you saw them outshot 11-2 in a 3rd period with the game on the line? O’Reilly looks to be aging quickly and Tarasenko reportedly is still unhappy. Something is not quite right there. They are too loaded and talented to be playing so poorly.

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    An old rivalry about 700 games old plus I think ! Maybe someone could provide the exact number of games the 2 clubs have played ! It’s always great to beat the Blues ! Seems like Hawks have turned the corner to more wins this year ! POPS 4

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    In my opinion, this game illuminated the difference between King (or any competent coach) and Colliton. Colliton shits his pants, throw the lines in a blender (guessing) and plays Kane and DeBrincat on every other shift.

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    This game went through the gamut. Started poorly, tying goal was correctly overturned. Sorry Cap’n. Hagel brought that energy game and was rewarded. The 4th line was showing everyone else how to do it and scored. DeBrincat and Kane are an OT nightmare for opposing teams. They are just dominant. Kudo’s to S. Jones for Assists on 2 of the 3 goals.
    Here’s some observations…Dach should be moved to the wing. He’s not winning faceoffs. I know he’s young but it’s costing too much offensive zone time. King broke up the lines and it kinda worked. That 1st line of Hagel-Toews-Kane was good. Let’s start a 2nd line of DeBrincat-Strome-Dach. 3rd line of Kubalik-Borgstrom-Carpenter. 4th line of Khaira-R. Johnson-Hardman. I wouldn’t change the 1st or 4th lines. It’s the 2nd and 3rd lines that need to be tinkered with.
    I’m not a fan of Kurashev. I’ve posted that several times. He just does nothing out there. Give him time at Rockford. Am I wrong about this?
    Defensively, Kalynuk was nursed into the game. Maybe the 1st few games is good. Eventually, he should get more time. I am surprised that Gustafsson has not been a defensive issue. Late bloomer? If so, then the team will benefit.
    Lankinen gave up that 1st goal and I thought…”Oh lawdy. Here we go”. But, the kid is mentally tough. He was tough last year and, in a backup role this year, he is proving his mental toughness is not a fluke.
    This win should do a lot to bring the young guys the confidence to fight through adversity. NEXT GAME!!!

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Really happy the Hawks got the two points, but to be honest, by the end of the second, I was just hoping of getting one…

    It was really nice to see the Hawks fight through the bad start and the overturned goal and not let that become an excuse to not try to win.

    Not sure how much this was St Louis being undermanned today, but I thought the Hawks did a much better job defensively. I thought the Hawks forwards were much more effective back checking and tying up sticks to prevent grade A scoring chances. It was nice to see.

    For the first time since he came back from Covid, I thought Borgstrom had a real strong game. I thought he was noticeable at both ends of the ice as well in transition both ways. I hope this becomes a trend, the Hawks could use someone like him to offer secondary scoring.

    Not sure why I think this, but I honestly feel like it is inevitable that guys like Toews and Kubalik bounce back in the second half of this season. It feels like they are making plays but just not scoring. A break out feels inevitable, if not imminent, for both of these guys.

    Brandon Hagel is turning into the player everyone wanted Bolland and Shaw to be. He is a disruptor without being out of control. He forces the other team to work much harder than they want to. He causes turnovers. And now, he is starting to finish with scary regularity (and in a variety of ways.) More of this please.

    I thought Seth had an exceptional game. His skating allows him to take chances on offense and still have time to recover in transition. In the second period, he led one rush out of his zone where he got possession in the corner and made a couple guys look silly trying to him him all without slowing his acceleration up the ice. I caught myself thinking how silky his skating is with the puck on his stick. He is such a joy to watch play.

    It was really encouraging to see this team have the intestinal fortitude to overcome some bad play and the overturned goal early. Looking forward to see the Sharks come to town Sunday.

  • November 26, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    *hit him

  • November 26, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    The Seth Jones backhand spinorama pass to Kane on the OT winner was inspired

    I’m not sure what the Seth critics are seeing but I’m seeing a great player and this is what I expected from him because he did it before in CBJ

    A great character win for the Hawks – to up their intensity after a pretty brutal first period and slowly work their way back into the game was impressive

    Some great defensive plays from Hardman and Dach and good work from Lank

    McCabe is good in front of the net and on the boards – he competes but he handles the puck like a hand grenade

    Kurashev I agree hasn’t been good but I don’t know if Strome is the answer – I’d give all those lines another game at least

    Hats off to the 4th line – they more than did their job

  • November 26, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Please, no more Strome. Just move him. Maybe the interm G.M. can find a deal to move some unproductive parts for some physical fast twitch players. I think Kubalik is about to be on the clock also. Everyone should be contributing something. Let’s put an end to the blank Stat lines with 0s across the board. Everybody can throw a check on their shift and get that odd shot on net at the very least.

  • November 26, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    I don’t know why King can’t give Gaudette a chance in Kurashev’s spot

    King says he doesn’t really know him as a player so they’re doing Gaudette a solid by waiving him

    Seems to me they should find out what he is as a player before giving him away

    I think they’ll regret not giving him a proper opportunity

  • November 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I think Ian was on the right track with the Gaudette situation. Something is there that teams just don’t like. If he isn’t miles better than Strome or the other non contributors just waive him or outright release him. I personally have always liked him and thought he had a high quality game. Just would have liked to see him play about 10 games in a row. I guess they know best. We will see.

  • November 26, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    They put Gaudette on wavers today alas that’s why King won’t give him a shot for Kurashev’s spot. But some people can still hope I guess.

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Wrap i’m assuming when TJ is ready and likely that played into the waiving of Gaudette today, that he likely slots into 3rd line, maybe in Kurashevs spot. Think he’ll be back in lineup on DC-NYC swing next week if not on Sunday.

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Ian – yeah that makes sense although I don’t like the fact that King admitted he doesn’t know him well and doesn’t want to find any room to find out

    If they’re lucky he’ll clear and get game action in RKF and maybe be useful yet in CHI on a recall but I don’t think they’ll be lucky

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Ian – is that solid intel on TJ being back soon – they could use him

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Nothing definite Wrap, just seems like TJ is close, been on ice during practices.
    Agree hard to imagine somebody wouldn’t pick Gaudette up, caphit no issue.

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    The Hawks PP I think is getting stuck
    by Kane holding the puck too long – at the start of the year they were constantly moving it – now everyone seems to play as though the object is to get Kane the puck and then Kane seems to think at that point he has to make a magical pass and he waits too long – move the puck quickly get the PKers guessing

  • November 26, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Philip they played 384 games against each other:
    Bkackhawks lead overall series
    188-150- 35ties-11 otl
    Blackhawks lead in regular season. 153-122-35T-11otl
    Blackhawks lead in playoffs 35-28

  • November 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Wrap they throw Carpenter out on the no.1 pp at times, why not throw him out on the 2nd unit to see if can help them forecheck and get puck for them, that units pissession time in ozone is terrible.

  • November 26, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Sorry guys but King,s comments on Gaudette were nonsense. Didn’t know him???? Not enough room on this team to get him in the lineuo???? Anybody that remotely knows any NHL hockey knows who Gaudette is let alone a coach that is coaching potential NHL players at any level. Yes Coach King, you have such an offensive juggernaut here with all of your forwards pumping in goals so you really don’t need an offensive forward who can put the puck in the net. You have 7 forwards that don’t have an even strength goal for Christ sake. Just tell the truth. If you are demanding 2 way players that are better fitted to your system than just say that. Don’t give us that nonsense you spewed today. Disappointing.

  • November 27, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Agree with you TW. The one play that is stuck in my head is when Gaudette got the pick by the defensive circle and shot up the side board with a Payton stutter step through a line change all the way to the goalie. Can’t rember if he scored, I think he did. That’s where you saw the talent he had. When someone picks him up he will become a Daunalt 2.0.

    If we are counting all the good and bad moves of the Davidson tenure or era I count this one bad. So 1-1. I’ll count the Crevier signing good.

  • November 27, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Ian – I thought Powers or one of the other writers had said TJ was not going to back anytime soon

  • November 27, 2021 at 8:06 am

    I’ll go with the opinions of 3 different head coaches on Gaudette as probably right, until he actually shows he can show enough consistency that he can stay in an Nhl lineup.

    If going to keep Kane with Toews and Hagel, wonder if King would put TJ with Cat and Dach, give them someone who can maybe create a Hagel type presence on that line, plus win some fos too there. That would move Kubalik back with Borgstrom, sniper/playmaker combo with Khaira fine for now. Leaves RJ between Carpenter and Hardman. Kurashev who King obviously knows and trusts from Rfd. as the 13th guy who can play up and down or C, Wing if needed. Strome you have to wonder about how long he remains.

  • November 27, 2021 at 8:15 am

    As much as I`d like to see Gaudette succeed for both him and the hawks, from the games I`ve seen Gaudette play this year, my only complaint is perhaps his skating. He looks a little slow moving up the ice with the puck and too slow to disrupt on the forecheck. It`s not Strome slow, but to me it was noticeable that he was the slowest player on his line. Slower than I expected so I was surprised when I saw it. Perhaps they`ve seen that too in him and realize it`s more important for their players to be able to push the pace of the game in hopes that the goals will come.

  • November 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Agree Tim W. not giving Gaudette a chance on this offensive juggernaut of a team makes no sense and it might even show that King’s in over his head. It just might be King is the figurehead while Crawford who knows Gaudette better is making the decisions, pure speculating but still not totally out in left field.

    The 4th line was quite noticeable, let’s see how long they last together.

    Carpenter shouldn’t be on the PP eos.

  • November 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Gaudette will have ice time in Rockford then iff he plays like he is supposed to he will be recall and King will say now I have a spot for him because injury to someone.
    Yesterday Quebec Dman Louis Crevier finish the night with +4 in a 4-1 win he has 4goals 8 pts +5 in 18 games
    Nolan Allan is having his best year in WHL with one off the worst team in the league.
    2goals 9pts in 16 games for a defensive Dman previously he had 3 goals 11 pts in 81 games with the same team . He is now playing on the first unit on PP . According to Elite Prospect ((last year )).they say <>
    So maybe we have a new kind of Dman coming in our way in a few years .the kid just turn 18 5months ago . For me he his the top Dman coming to the team in maybe 3 years or less .at 1.88 meter and 84 kilos he still have time to get to 90 kilos ( 200 pounds) probably a steal at number 32 in first round last year. Already sign with the Hawks .( they know what he did with team Canada last year) nobody notice this guy but someone in the organization saw him .

  • November 27, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Gaudette will have ice time in Rockford then iff he plays like he is supposed to he will be recall and King will say now I have a spot for him because injury to someone.
    Yesterday Quebec Dman Louis Crevier finish the night with +4 in a 4-1 win he has 4goals 8 pts +5 in 18 games
    Nolan Allan is having his best year in WHL with one off the worst team in the league.
    2goals 9pts in 16 games for a defensive Dman previously he had 3 goals 11 pts in 81 games with the same team . He is now playing on the first unit on PP . According to Elite Prospect ((last year )).they say . He’s already a NHL caliber Skater and He defend the rush with NHL- ready fundamentals and a suffocating mentally .
    So maybe we have a new kind of Dman coming in our way in a few years .the kid just turn 18 5months ago . For me he his the top Dman coming to the team in maybe 3 years or less .at 1.88 meter and 84 kilos he still have time to get to 90 kilos ( 200 pounds) probably a steal at number 32 in first round last year. Already sign with the Hawks .( they know what he did with team Canada last year) nobody notice this guy but someone in the organization saw him .

  • November 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Six wins under King. Three have been in OT or SO, and in the other three we have edged weak competition without carrying much of the play. Not pretty, but all good – we’re not just going to flip the switch and become a good team as we just don’t have the talent. As long as we play hard and stay disciplined I’m happy.

    So far 5,6, and 44 have combined for a grand total of four (4) points. They are like three Plymouths – slow, boxy, and often hard to look at. If we want to tweak the formula (i.e. score more goals) then we need the defense (other than SJ) to contribute. The Plymouths simply cannot get up the ice to do that nor are the especially good with the puck. Kalynuk is the only one who can help fix this (forget Gus, he’s no more than a placeholder).

  • November 27, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    King saying that TJ not as far along as they thought – seems like it’ll be a while yet before he’s back

  • November 27, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Dollar Bill you are only as strong as your weakest link. Right now pp2 has no possession time in Ozone, weak on winning battles to get pucks back, how do you suggest they address that then. With Hagel on pp1 now, Carpenter is best forechecker and can give them some possession and ultimately scoring opportunities. Ideally Carpenter shouldn’t be on any pp, but right now the pp is far from ideal.

    2010 agree, the blueline was terrible for a couple of years, some improvements have been made and Jones solidifies the no.1 spot, with what is in the system, the blueline should continue show improvement in the next few years addressing more weaknesses.

  • November 27, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Sens claimed Gaudette.

  • November 27, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Ian, No sweat on PP2. Coach King says there is no room for anyone ,so theoretically we are loaded. Just pay no attention to all those 0s that several forwards are posting in the Goals column. On a sidenote,there is a good opportunity to get a look at Reichel,Mitchell, and company on channel 50 tonight at 7pm as they battle the Wolves.

  • November 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe just put all the forwards that have 0 even strength goals out there. Puck my hit a rear-end or shin pad. Here is to hoping Gaudette goes on a roll with the Sens so Coach King can find out who he is.

  • November 27, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Wonder if he knows who McDavid,Mackinnon,or Draisaital are?

  • November 27, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    TimW obviously King didn’t see alot of good things in Gaudette, but he chose not say anything bad about him and even left it at he didn’t know him will enough maybe he will succeed elsewhere. Coulda went full Torts and trashed him, blamed Gaudette for everything, while hoping to blackball from the league, little classier than that though. I’m glad he demands a little from his players, not just give soft one dimensional players a pass, thought you would too.

  • November 27, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Ian, Sorry , I need to see someone in a few games taking regular shifts before I jettison him for nothing. I standby his statement on Gaudette being dumb given what the Hawks are rolling out there at forwards. But , I have been wrong before. We shall see. Bet the Senators give him a little ice time before claiming they didn’t know him though.

  • November 27, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Wrap, Are we betting on who gets the next NHL even strength Goal, Gaudette,Toews,or Kubalik?

  • November 27, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    TW – in order Kub Gaudette then Toews

  • November 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I see Gaudette was claimed by Ottawa. I`m glad for him to get a new start. I was very hopeful he would turn into something of a useful middle six forward for the hawks and even though he showed some good hands at times, I think his foot speed held him back. I noticed him in a few games this year and he looked slow moving up the ice with the puck and couldn`t disrupt on the forecheck. It wasn`t Strome slow but slower than I thought he was. It was noticeable to me and most likely to the hawks as well.
    At least he gets another chance.

  • November 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Wrap, I gotta stick to my gut on this one and go Gaudette, rhen Kubalik, and finally Toews with an empty net goal before he gets 1 at even strength.

  • November 27, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    TimW not every player has 3 nhl coaches give up on him in last year that your trying to decide about. See Borgstrom who had half the games with Blackhawks that Gaudette did, a few here were deciding he was useless and should be gone. That said i hope it works for Gaudette in Ottawa, he wouldn’t be the first to find his niche after a few stops.

  • November 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Ian neither PP units are working at this time, maybe put Kubs in at the bumper
    on the 1st unit and use Gus as the bumper on the 2nd unit while using Kalynuk on

    19-12-88-4-8 or have 77 instead of 19

    48-56-23-77-13 or have 19 instead of 77

    As of now the Hawks are averaging 2.11 goals p/game or somewhere in that neighborhood
    which makes it one nasty neighborhood to be in. 43 goals in 20 games doesn’t cut it.

  • November 27, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Dollar Bill that was what we saying there, Wrap commented first pp unit was not moving and creating like earlier in season, instead defaulting to Kane now and waiting for his pass. The 2nd unit was scoring a bit too earlier and getting alot of Ozone possession, that now is non existant. Really don’t see Gus in bumper helping there. A Carpenter type can forecheck, win fos which on pps are very important, plus forecheck and battle for the puck in Ozone and defensive zone where they have trouble also. As time goes on and pp starts getting hot again, tweaks can be made, keep it simple for now.

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