Blackhawks shake off rust in preseason win over Red Wings


Blackhawks shake off rust in preseason win over Red Wings

Trevor Daley's welcome to Chicago moment came in his Blackhawks debut — albeit preseason — after he registered the game-winning goal in a 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center.

"It was pretty special," Daley, who finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov in overtime, said after the game. "I've never had an exhibition game like this before. Even last night was a little overwhelming too. These fans are awesome. It's a fun atmosphere to be in."

It's the first time the Blackhawks experienced a 3-on-3 overtime situation, which was implemented to help reduce the amount of games ending in a shootout.

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And it ended up in their favor on Tuesday.

"I think it's great," Jonathan Toews, who registered a goal and an assist in the win, said of the new overtime format. "It gives us a chance to finish it with the players on the ice. ... It's a new element of the game that we're gonna have to get used to, but it was a lot of fun for sure."

The Blackhawks picked up right where they left off the last time they played a game on home ice jumping out to a three-goal lead.

Kyle Baun opened the scoring 7:16 into the game, showing impressive concentration by swatting the puck from mid-air while falling down near the top of the crease.

Less than a minute later, Toews, who already looks to be in regular-season form, gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with a wrister that beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard short side.

Teuvo Teravainen added to the scoring early in the second, but the Red Wings went on to score four of the next five goals, sending the game to overtime, which the Blackhawks went on to win.

“I thought we had a real good start to the game, good pace, good energy," Coach Joel Quenneville said. "They had a good third period, got themselves back into it. Great finish.”

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Ryan Garbutt registered his first goal in a Blackhawks uniform early in the third, while Anthony Mantha, Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Luke Glendening each scored for the Red Wings.

Scott Darling showed no signs of rust, stopping all 22 shots — many of them high-quality — he faced in nearly 30 minutes of action.

"A little shaky at first, but the more the shots came, I felt a little bit better," Darling said. "Slowly but surely getting back into it. Those scrimmages down at Notre Dame were nice to shake the rust off and get used to real hockey plays, not just goalie training."

Many of the Red Wings' top players — including former Blackhawks center Brad Richards — did not play and will likely do so Wednesday night when the Blackhawks travel to Joe Louis Arena.

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?