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Blackhawks overcome three-goal deficit to stun Canucks in overtime

Blackhawks overcome three-goal deficit to stun Canucks in overtime

VANCOUVER – Considering their first 40 minutes, which they finished trailing 3-0 to the Vancouver Canucks, you would’ve figured the Blackhawks would’ve been seething, perhaps even using a few choice words during that second intermission.

Apparently, it wasn’t that at all.

“Believe it or not, it was a lot of positivity,” Ryan Hartman said. “We knew we could come back. We knew it started with one goal.”

Sure enough, it started with a goal 2:53 into the third period. It ended with Marian Hossa once again having the final say.

Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first career NHL goal and Hossa scored his second game winner in as many nights as the Blackhawks came back to beat the Canucks 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night. The Blackhawks took four points on this back-to-back and are now 2-1-0 on the Circus Trip.

Scott Darling stopped 24 of 27 shots. He saved his best for overtime, stymieing all five of the Canucks’ opportunities. Artemi Panarin scored his seventh of the season and Hartman scored his second goal in as many nights.

The Blackhawks looked listless through the first two periods, especially the second one. During that frame the Canucks turned a 1-0 lead into a 3-0 one, thanks to Bo Horvat’s short-handed goal and Brandon Sutter’s even-strength one. But the Blackhawks stayed positive entering the third.

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“We didn’t panic. We knew there was still 20 minutes and this team’s able to score three goals in a period,” Hossa said. “We just had to get step by step, one by one.”

Step one was immediately after the Blackhawks’ early third-period power play, when Panarin scored. A little more than a minute later it was Hinostroza, who just came back from a concussion, scoring off his own rebound.

“Really happy for him. He’s been dying for that first one,” Hartman said of Hinostroza. “He had a few chances, had a few close calls. It was about time and a really good goal. Lot of speed, play at the net and finished it off.”

Speaking of finish, the Blackhawks thought they had finished this one about 30 seconds into overtime, courtesy of Jonathan Toews. But the goal was reviewed, deemed offside, and the game continued. Darling was stellar in that time, coming up with several dazzling stops.

“He was battling there, losing his glove and one hand behind his back. One more save he had to make,” coach Joel Quenneville said “He was great. Our goaltending’s been the reason we’re doing this year.”

The Blackhawks weren’t looking too good through the first two periods on Saturday night. But they’ve been through these deficits before and have enough veterans who knew panicking wasn’t going to get them anywhere. The first 40 minutes weren’t great. The final 20 and change was fantastic.

“Tremendous comeback,” Quenneville said. “Crazy overtime. It could’ve gone either way and I thought we won earlier. But thrills and excitement of that overtime, I don’t know how many A-plus chances against both ways. It was pretty amazing.”

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. This will be his fourth start in six games.

Crawford is coming off a game in which he stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964, which earned him the No. 1 star of the game in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He stopped 10 of 11 shots and six of seven inner slot shots, saving his team an extra 2.43 goals above average, according to The Point. It was a fantastic performance.

Crawford is 3-5-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 10 career starts against the Capitals.

The Blackhawks are on the second game of a seven-games-in-12-days stretch, so expect Crawford and Lehner to both get consistent reps over the next two weeks.

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

It's official: Kirby Dach is slated to make his NHL debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals. He found out the news when he got to the rink in the morning.

"It's pretty exciting," Dach said. "Grew up my whole life wanting to do this, so for me to get this opportunity now, it's awesome. Kind of speechless and at a loss for words. I've just got to go out there and play my game and focus on all the little things that the coaching staff wants me to do."

Coach Jeremy Colliton said who Dach draws in for and where he will slot into the lineup will be determined during warmups, but don't be surprised if he starts on the wing.

"I think he can play either one, which is a big benefit for us," Colliton said. "Probably long term he’s a center, but it’s only a benefit to be versatile."

Dach, who was taken No. 3 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, missed the start of training camp with a concussion and appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before getting recalled on Friday. His mom, dad and sister will be in attendance for his debut.

"It's a pretty surreal feeling," Dach said. "It's kind of a whirlwind. You're just kind of getting thrown in right away and you don't really have time to react. You just got to focus on the game and not really sit back and realize what's going on. You've got to be pretty mentally dialed in and ready to play.

"There's going to be a little bit of nerves with it, but I'm excited to get out there and have fun."

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