Blackhawks start Circus Trip with OT win over Oilers


Blackhawks start Circus Trip with OT win over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta – Marian Hossa has had his share of breakaway opportunities this season, including one in the first period on Wednesday night.

He failed to convert on that one. He didn’t fail to capitalize in overtime.

Hossa scored the winner with 1:08 remaining in 3-on-3 and Patrick Kane ran his point streak to 14 games as the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Rexall Place. The Blackhawks have now won three in a row, including their last two games on the road.

Teuvo Teravainen left the second period with an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen’s injury is not serious, and the forward is listed as day-to-day. Asked if Teravainen could play vs. Calgary on Friday, Quenneville said, “we’ll see.”

Corey Crawford stopped 34 of 37 shots, including a dazzling save on Taylor Hall in overtime. Kane had two assists; he now has points in 14 games, tying a career best set from Nov. 30-Dec. 28, 2013. Artemi Panarin scored his seventh goal of the season while Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw each added their second of the season.

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Hossa now has points in three consecutive games and two goals in as many games. The veteran said he’s felt good through most of the season, even when the points weren’t coming. Still, he feels better now that they are.

“It definitely helps when you’re getting offensively on the sheet, definitely gives you more confidence,” Hossa said. “I had lots of great chances I felt good, my legs were going and I wasn’t getting the points. But it’s definitely nicer when you help the team offensively.”

The Blackhawks squandered two leads in regulation; they were up 2-0 and then 3-2, with Edmonton erasing all of those. And it looked like the Oilers would get the second point when Taylor Hall fired about 30 seconds into overtime. But Crawford reached out to make the glove save. There was a momentary question as to whether Crawford’s glove may have crossed the line but replays clearly showed it didn’t.

“Great save,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes the second opportunity can be better. Great push, great anticipation by Crow. Got us an extra point.”

Indeed that kept the Blackhawks alive, with Hossa’s snap shot sealing it about 40 seconds after that stop.

“On the first breakaway I tired to make room for myself to go blocker side. [Edmonton goalie Anders Nilsson] got a piece of it. My goal was to try to take off a little bit, get a little cushion,” Hossa said of the overtime breakaway. “I saw a little opening… this time I hit it.”

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Crawford figured it was only a matter of time before Hossa startedgetting rewarded.

“Every skill player, every guy goes through a short period where the puck’s just not going in. No one’s worried about that in this room,” he said. “Those guys are still creating scoring chances and moving the puck and creating a lot on the ice. Really, it’s no worries when you’re able to make plays and do stuff out there. It’s a different story if nothing’s happening.”

The Blackhawks didn’t play their best hockey on Wednesday – the Oilers were the better team through a good deal of this one. But Crawford gave them a massive save at a critical time. And when given a second breakaway chance, Hossa didn’t miss. 

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: