At the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday evening, the Blackhawks looked to bounce back from their Winter Classic loss. They went back to Collin Delia between the pipes, and he took another step in securing his spot in the NHL.
Dominik Kahun got the scoring started for Chicago three minutes into the game.
Kahun’s sixth of the season came with assists credited to Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad.
The 37 minutes that followed were overwhelmingly in favor of the Islanders.
Matthew Barzal scored 6:47 into the first and 18:56 into the second (a power play goal) to give the Isles a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The game could have been a blowout by that point if not for Delia. New York out-shot Chicago 14-3 in the first period and 16-13 in the second period for a 30-16 advantage after two periods.
But Delia continued to be terrific between the pipes.
After putting up 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 15 games in December, Patrick Kane picked up where he left off after a pointless Winter Classic. When the Blackhawks got a power play early in the third period, Kane tied the game at two.
Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson were credited with assists on Kane’s goal.
Duncan Keith took a penalty with 3:11 left in regulation that the Hawks did a good job of killing, but the rest of the third period beyond Kane’s goal was, again, completely in favor of the Islanders. New York had an 18-3 shot advantage in the third period, making the total shots 48-19.
But, thanks to Delia, the Hawks got a point and headed to overtime. With 44 saves in regulation, Delia’s save percentage actually dropped from .957 to .956 on the season.
Devon Toews, in his fifth NHL game, slammed home a big rebound off Delia in overtime for his first career NHL goal – a game-winner against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The final shot total was 50-21. Kane led Chicago with four shots on net. Five Chicago forwards, including Alex DeBrincat (who skated 18:30) failed to register a single shot on net.
Brent Seabrook once again led Chicago in blocked shots (four) while skating the least amount of ice time (16:41) among Hawks defensemen. Three Hawks defensemen skated more than 20 minutes in the game: Gustafsson (23:56), Carl Dahlstrom (20:53) and Connor Murphy (20:07).
Dylan Sikura was stapled to the bench in the third period and overtime. John Hayden, Brendan Perlini and Marcus Kruger all skated less than he did in the game, however.
Kane skated 23:05 and no other Chicago forward was on the ice more than Dylan Strome (19:35), who had a rough night. He was minus-two and won three of 13 faceoffs.