Blackhawks score thrice in last four minutes to beat Ducks in OT


Blackhawks score thrice in last four minutes to beat Ducks in OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Blackhawks weren’t playing their best against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, and with two minutes remaining in regulation, it looked like they were headed to a loss.

But much like they did last spring, the Blackhawks found a way to break the Ducks late.

Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored within the final 1:41 of regulation and Artem Anisimov had the winner in overtime as the Blackhawks came back to beat the Ducks, 3-2, on Friday afternoon. The Blackhawks have now won two in a row, with their final game of the Circus Trip coming Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Patrick Kane, who got a secondary assist on Keith’s goal, is now on a career-high 18-game point streak. He tied the record for a U.S.-born player for that streak, held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel.

“I mean, you look at the players, the two guys who are part of that record, that’s some pretty elite company,” Kane said. “It’s been a fun little ride here. It seems like I’m kind of making it difficult on myself with the last few games, but it’s something you try not to think about. Play the game, and if you’re playing the right way, usually good things will happen.”

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Brent Seabrook had three assists. Keith also had an assist. Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 25 shots for the victory.

The Blackhawks were down 2-0 when they pulled Crawford with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Just 50 seconds later, Ryan Getzlaf was whistled for tripping. Twenty-six seconds into that power play, Hossa scored, cutting the Ducks’ lead to 2-1. The Blackhawks kept the pressure on and, with 26.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Keith scored his fourth of the season to tie it.

After some close calls on both sides in the first minute or so of 3-on-3, Anisimov, taking the feed from Seabrook, scored his 10th goal of the season 1:53 into overtime.

“Well, I don’t think that’s the way we’d like to draw it up, but we’ll take the win,” Keith said. “They outworked us most of the game, we just found a way at the end and snuck out the two points. We have to give ourselves credit, as well. I’m not taking anything away from our win; we dug down there at the end. But for the most part they outworked us a little bit.”

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Yes, the Ducks did outwork the Blackhawks for most of this. Anaheim was especially strong early, taking advantage of a Blackhawks team that looked like it wasn’t ready for the afternoon outing. Andrew Cogliano scored just 62 seconds into this one and was part of a 2-on-0 when he did it. Crawford came up with big saves the rest of that period, when the Ducks had a few more prime opportunities of Blackhawks miscues.

The Blackhawks showed more life in the second but it didn’t matter, as Chris Stewart put the Ducks up 2-0.

And then there were those final two minutes of regulation and first two minutes of overtime. The Blackhawks had nearly stole Game 5 of the Western Conference final last spring in a similar way — Jonathan Toews scored twice late in regulation before the Ducks won in overtime. Today, they finished this game the way they did that series.

“It’s kind of a thrilling win, obviously, the way it was 2-0 with two minutes left. To be able to do that is a good feeling,” Keith said. “At the same time, we know we could’ve started better, points throughout the game we could’ve been better. But sometimes at the end of the day you just want to get those two points in a tough building against a tough team.”

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?