Blackhawks Storm Back, Fall To Canucks In OT

Stop us if you’ve read this story before: Blackhawks host a terrible team, play like absolute crap for 40 minutes, explode for a massive comeback in the third period.

Sound like Sunday night against Colorado?

The script was repeated on Tuesday against Vancouver.

Corey Crawford had a rough night. The skaters in front of him didn’t do much to help him out, but Chicago’s starter allowed three goals in the first five shots he faced. What’s worse: it took until 7:45 into the second period for the Canucks to get to five shots.

Chicago outshot Vancouver 7-3 in the first period but were down 1-0 through 20 minutes. Henrik Sedin scored with 1:00 left in the first to give the Canucks a lead in spite of the Blackhawks having overwhelming control of the puck.

The second started with the Blackhawks controlling the puck and seemingly every shot beating Crawford. Brandon Sutter extended the Vancouver lead to 2-0 only 93 seconds into the middle period.

The Blackhawks got a power play 16 seconds after the Sutter goal and took advantage.

Hartman’s 17th of the season appeared to maybe give the Blackhawks some momentum, finally beating Ryan Miller. But Reid Boucher pushed the lead back to two when he scored at 7:45 into the second period. The Hawks had two more power plays in the second period but failed to do anything with them.

Chicago held a 21-8 shot advantage through 40 minutes. They trailed 3-1.

Coach Joel Quenneville threw out some intriguing lines to open the third period. Hartman was at center between Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin and Nick Schmaltz was on the third line with Hossa and a combination of Tanner Kero and Tomas Jurco.

When Sutter scored his second of the night 2:15 into the third, Quenneville had seen enough. Crawford was removed and Scott Darling entered with the Hawks chasing three goals. Crawford’s final line: six saves against 10 shots.

The Blackhawks fifth power play of the night earned the fans in attendance a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich, and got the Hawks’ offense going. This time, it was Marian Hossa making the delivery.

A little more than two minutes later, Richard Panik joined the 20 Goal Club.

Panik’s tally makes him the sixth Blackhawks skater to score 20 goals this season.

Chicago kept attacking and pulled Darling for the extra attacker. It appeared John Hayden tied the game with a redirect, but a video review showed Panik was offside before the score took place and the officials wiped out the would-be tying goal.

Moments later, Kane retrieved a dump-in and made a terrific play to set up Hartman for his 18th of the season and the game was tied with 63 seconds left in regulation.

The third period ended with the score tied, and the Blackhawks somehow escaped regulation with one point in the standings to give them an even 100 on the season. Darling didn’t see a heavy volume of shots in the third period, but made some good saves in relief of Crawford.

In overtime, Alexander Edler shoved Toews into Ryan Miller and Chicago was somehow short-handed. On the power play, Daniel Sedin ended the game and the Hawks’ valiant comeback earned them only one point.

When the dust settled after the game-winning goal was reviewed (Daniel interfered with Darling but it wasn’t called), Chicago had out-shot Vancouver 44-15. Darling stopped four of five shots.

Miller had a very good night for the Canucks, stopping 40. The skaters in front of Miller blocked another 20 shots as well.

Toews had a massive night in the box score. He won 25 of 33 faceoffs in 22:11 and finished tied with Panarin and Brent Seabrook for the team lead with five shots on net. He also had an assist on the Panik goal.

Hossa returned to the lineup to skate 18:27. He had one goal, one assist, two hits and a team-leading two blocked shots. His line was the best on the ice for the Hawks in the first two periods.

Hartman won three of seven faceoffs during his brief time at center and scored twice. Hayden led the Hawks with three hits in 13 minutes on the ice. And Schmaltz won six of 13 faceoffs, had one assist and led Chicago with three takeaways.

Jurco (6:58) and Dennis Rasmussen (6:43) were buried for a lot of the game. Rasmussen was credited with one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway in his limited action and Jurco had a couple decent shifts in the third.

Duncan Keith led the Hawks with 26:32 on the ice… and six giveaways. The Canucks were credited with five takeaways as a team.

Before the game, the Blackhawks held a moment of silence for the late Jerry Krause, who passed away on Tuesday.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Storm Back, Fall To Canucks In OT

  • March 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Vancouver had no business winning this game and they know it. The call on Toews for goalie interference was a complete joke. He was pushed from behind, tried to avoid the goalie and even then barely hit him. That penalty can’t be called especially in overtime at home.

  • March 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Pete, I respectfully disagree, it was the Hawks that didn’t deserve to win this game and in the end they were lucky to scratch out a point. The lackluster play in the first 2 periods led to yet another claw from behind effort in the 3rd period. They had the puck a lot but they were bobbling it and missing passes and waving their sticks on defense instead of playing with a purpose. The fact Crawford gave up 4 goals on 10 shots speaks to not only how bad he played but also the team in front of him for playing lousy uninspired defense.

    They were lucky to get a point. This trend of not starting the game with focus and energy and then expecting to turn on the jets and come back and win it in the third is a recipe for sloppy habits that will eventually cost them more than just 1 point in the standings.


  • March 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    It was a bullshit goalie interference because he was pushing into goalie and bullshit they didn’t call interference on Darls arm. The goalie wasn’t allowed to play his position and that’s what the rule is. Even though the amount of contact was a little as possible could be. Whatever, Darls was exactly right in how he described it after the game.

    What matters is we came back when we were down and got the tie. We played better then the other game that was like this. We outchanced them by a lot, they got more breaks and we got how ever many posts. It happens, its hard to goalie a 44-15/what ever the chances were at game like that. What we were lucky on was Bread Man not getting any assists or pts which is good for player bonuses. Getting this tie might be the point that we win the division with.

  • March 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Anyone who thinks that the Knuckleheads deserved to win this game is an idiot.

  • March 22, 2017 at 12:58 am

    @HAWKSAREINFIRST – to be clear, I didn’t say the Canucks deserved to win this game – they didn’t – but I did say the Hawks deserved to lose this game. Whether I’m an idiot or not is up for debate, but don’t misrepresent what I posted.

  • March 22, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Lately, they’re a better team on the road then they are at home.

  • March 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I’m with ER here…

    The Hawks probably shouldn’t have won that game. Agreed that the Nucks didnt do much to deserve a win either, but the fact we got a point is good. Still up 6 points on Minny.

    We get Dal/Fla/TB/Pit
    Minny has Phi/Van/Det/Wsh

    the next 2 weeks will be a roller coaster… Just NO INJURIES!….

  • March 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Results-based analysis can suck it. We were down 4-1, but the Hawks were freaking dangerous up to that point. We were off during the first period, but the second and third? Wow. Absolutely dominant. All four lines. After years of sliding in possession, what a welcome sight. I couldn’t care less what the score was.

    Panik is a revelation. Rasmussen was eye-opening. Jurco’s best game as a Hawk. Hayden looked like he belongs. Kruger was unbelievable. Kero impressed. Hossa does what he wants. The forward depth, which I thought was our biggest weakness, was extremely impressive last night. That’s without Anisimov, and Kane uncharacteristically struggling.

    Campbell and TVR are starting to impress. They made aggressive, good decisions. The only Hawk with a “bad game” was Oduya.

    What was once a one-line team has become a deep, aggressive, balanced, fast, attacking powerhouse.


  • March 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Junco’s bad play recognition of his own pinching defenseman cost us on the 4th goal. Team likes playing in front of Darling is very obvious.

  • March 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The referees were Tim Peel & Kevin Pollock. It was a horrendously officiated game. Crawford was nearly as bad as the refs, we’ll give him a pass he has won more than his fair share of games this year.

    As for the alleged refs, they let Vancouver clutch and grab the entire 3rd period while the Hawks made their comeback; no calls. Further, Toews was high-sticked in the mouth, one of the refs checked his mouth/face for blood, there was none found, so no call. What if he was bleeding, would there have been a penalty? A high stick is a high stick, the only difference is no blood = 2 minutes, and blood = 4 minutes. Stunningly bad.

    Deserve to win not to deserve to win blah blah blah, the Hawks came back and tied the game, and this was a point they lost directly attributable to the two jamokes parading around as the referees last night. I am not one to pile on/criticize the refs very often, maybe once or twice a year. This is one of those times.

  • March 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

    16 wins from mid april to mid june the main concern now and getting 15 healthy. Everything from now to then gravy but agree goalie interference calls do lack consistency, would like to see coaches challenges scrapped altogether.

  • March 22, 2017 at 11:46 am

    You would think they would prefer to bring the energy at the beginning of a game and play with the lead. That being said, regardless of when they turn it on, the hawks can’t be reckoned with when firing on all cylinders, which they will likely be doing most of the playoffs. This is perhaps the most primed for the playoffs I’ve can remember them ever being….Q has multiple GOOD line combinations at his disposal, he’s letting players get the rest they need, and there are some weak links, but at least no broken ones. All things considered, we’re in a good spot right now.

    I do wonder if they let Darling take the next couple starts? Did crow’s performance have anything to do with the weber rocket he took to the skull?

  • March 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Also, PANIK.

    He’s one of the better players on the ice for a while now and deserves some credit. He’s absolutely dominant on the ice, using the body to block out opponents to retain puck possession. Seems to bring grit, skill, and tons of energy every game. Probably one of the better sneaky pick ups in stan’s history.

  • March 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    One of the mysteries of sport – what motivates players and how that manifests into athletic performance. The Hawks just played two of the worst teams in the league and probably should have lost both games. I doubt anyone would pick either the Avs or Canucks to beat the Hawks in a 7-game series, but two regular season games close to the end of the season after the Hawks have all but assured themselves a favorable playoff spot and the Hawks come out and play sloppy uninspired hockey for the first two period of each game.

    Is the motivation to win less in some games than it is in others? It certainly seems the focus is less in some games than it is in others. Is it just human nature to not be as focused against lesser teams?

    I supposed sometimes we think athletes should perform like a machine – the same peak performance and mental focus game after game. Just doesn’t work that way. But even knowing that doesn’t make it less frustrating to watch as a fan. We hold our pro athletes to a very high standard, unreasonable, and certainly a standard none of us could ever achieve. But we’re fans and that’s what fans do. We expect our team to beat the snot out of the other team each and every game and when they don’t we feel let down and we look for the most obvious perpetrators to blame.

    Man … it’s tough being a fan :)

  • March 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I’ll take the spoken word of Q after the game. There was a lot about that game to like.
    The unspoken — The 4 regulation Canuck goals were a result of:
    Two unforced, terrible turnovers by Seabrook
    A bad clearing sequence by Duncs/Hammer
    An irresponsible pinch by TVR
    A slower than normal Crow.

    Seabrook, of course, is having his worst year in the last 5. On a team of pretty stout defensemen, here are the +/- (yes I know it’s not the only stat)

    Seabrook +2
    Keith +19
    Campbell +22
    TVR +19
    Hjalmarsson +15
    Every Hawk yesterday crushed their Canuck counterparts in Corsi, shots, etc. except one – Seabrook . Let’s hope he’s saving it for the playoffs (he does tend to do that)

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I agree Iceman, the refs were terrible. Toews was clearly pushed into Miller by the Canuck player. That penalty should never have been called. I like Pat Foley but I wish he would quit saying “there’s Daniel, where’s Henrik.”
    I would rather hear “not so fast Kowalski.”

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    SEABS 5-29-13 game 7 OT/series clinching goal versus Red Wings. I’ll never forget (it was also my 50th birthday). Afterwards my sons and their friend proceeded to spell a giant letter “H” with fire works canisters in the middle of the street (we live in PA so needless to say we were the only ones celebrating). Thankfully no one called the police as it was loud and pretty late on a school night.

    Seabs will come around….

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Overall my thoughts about this game was Meh, they lost but oh well. Toews line with Hayden and Panik played well.


    Seabrook had one of his “Seabrook” games, he is good for a clunker every so often. Its just kinda what he does. These guys probably had a hard time getting up for the Avs, and Nucks lets be honest. Honestly, I’m more concerned this group goes into the playoffs healthy and curious about their match up.

  • March 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    EbonyRaptor. The first step toward fixing a problem is recognizing you have one. Congrats!

    Let’s see should I listen to you or Coach Q. The coach said the hawks would win 90 percent of the time if they played like they did against the Knuckleheads. He was pleased so I think I’ll take his view of the team’s play and not yours!

  • March 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Nicely done, ER!

  • March 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Hawkfacts- interesting Seabrook/observations…

  • March 23, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Ebonyraptor – not an idiot, not debatable. He has proved that with his posts here over an extended period of time and is one of the posters I most respect the opinion of and enjoy the insight, questions, and analysis he provides. Pvr’d canucks game. Can’t wait to watch and be frustrated and entertained as often is the case with Nucks/Hawks games in the last decade…most often because I attend the Vancouver home ones and the Hawks seem to always be on the 3rd in 4th nigjt or 2nd back to back while canucks are rest3d and waiting chomping at the bit to take a bite out of a team that often doesnt respect the nucks back enough to play more than a period of focused hockey against them (be that as it may the honest truth that the canucks have not earn3d the hawk’s respect).

  • March 23, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Good post, a lot of the times we play good/good results when were in back to back or how ever many games in days and every once in awhile we donot. It happens theres nothing to it more then that its a sch thing and we just do not go full out against every team/period. We pick a choose our spots when to go full out/go extra. Kaner mentioned this back in the 1st 40 games.

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