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.”

Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown


Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown

In honor of the late executive Jim Johannson, who died unexpectedly in his sleep in January at the age of 53, USA Hockey is hosting a Stars and Stripes Showdown at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 26 and three Blackhawks will be participating in it: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy.

Kane served as USA's captain at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark this past May and set a new American record with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 10 tournament contests, which earned him MVP honors. DeBrincat had one goal and eight assists while Murphy led USA with a plus-7 rating.

Other star-studded headliners participating: Connor Hellebuyck, Seth Jones, Dylan Larkin, Auston Matthews, Charlie McAvoy, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, James van Riemsdyk and Zach Werenski. It's a great group getting together to celebrate the life of Johannson, who was an instrumental part of USA Hockey's program for the last 18 years.

Tickets are being sold for $10 and $15, which you can purchase here. Doors open at 1 p.m. ET with the game starting at 2 p.m.

A few events that will occur throughout the game: a ceremonial puck drop, a live game-worn jersey auction, an online auction featuring game-worn jerseys and autographed NHL memorabilia, special raffles and an opportunity postgame to meet and greet select players and coaches. All proceeds will benefit both the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.

Five games to circle: Blackhawks to appear on national TV a league-high 19 times in 2018-19


Five games to circle: Blackhawks to appear on national TV a league-high 19 times in 2018-19

Despite missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, the Blackhawks will appear on national television a league-high 19 times during the 2018-19 season, NBC Sports announced on Monday. Eleven of them will appear exclusively on NBC or NBCSN, with the other eight on NBC Sports Chicago in the Chicago area.

Eight of the 19 games will also land on "Wednesday Night Hockey," which will replace "Wednesday Night Rivalry" as part of NBC Sports' most diverse exclusive schedule to date that will include a total of 109 games. 

Here are five games to circle from the 11 games that will be aired exclusively on national TV, in order of how they appear on the schedule:

1. The new-look Blues — Nov. 14 vs. St. Louis at 7 p.m. on NBCSN

There might not have been a team in the Central Division that had a stronger offseason than the Blues. After failing to secure a postseason berth for the first time since 2010-11, they went out a traded for top-six center Ryan O'Reilly, signed Tyler Bozak to ensure even more depth down the middle, and added power forwards Patrick Maroon and David Perron to round out their top-nine. Not to mention the offensively skilled Robby Fabbri will be returning to the lineup after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign with an ACL injury. It'll be a nice early test for the Blackhawks.

2. Three Cups vs. three Cups — Dec. 12 vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on NBCSN

Whenever the Blackhawks and Penguins get together it's always a fun battle to watch because there's so much firepower sharing the same sheet of ice: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews. That's five future Hall of Famers right there. There's also the fact that they are tied for most Stanley Cups in the salary cap era with three, adding some extra juice between two teams that don't often see each other.

3. Winter Classic — Jan. 1 vs. Boston at 12 p.m. on NBC at Notre Dame Stadium

For the sixth time in franchise history, the Blackhawks will appear in an outdoor game. But they haven't had much luck in those games, losing four of the previous five, including all three of their Winter Classic appearances. The Bruins are 1-1 in outdoor games and will look to break the .500 mark in a rematch of the memorable 2013 Stanley Cup Final — at least for the city of Chicago — and Original Six showdown.

4. The defending champion Capitals come to town — Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. on NBC

Any time the reigning champions visit your city, it's a game you know you can't take off. Especially since it's the Game of the Week. Alex Ovechkin fell one goal shy of hitting the 50-goal mark for the eighth time in his NHL career at age 32 last season, but it was still good enough to win his seventh "Rocket" Richard Trophy. More importantly, he scored 15 goals and added 12 assists in 24 postseason contests to help lead the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup and took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs while doing so. He's still the greatest goal scorer in hockey — perhaps even of all time — and that's a reason in and of itself why it's a must-watch, even though in his last game against Chicago he was held without a shot attempt for the first time in his NHL career.

5. Rekindling an old rivalry with Red Wings — Feb. 20 at Detroit at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN

Ever since the NHL realigned the divisions in 2013-14, the Blackhawks and Red Wings get to see each other only twice per season — once at home and once on the road. No two teams in NHL history have squared off more than these two, so it's certainly been an adjustment. But fans know how deep this rivalry goes, and every time they do clash, there's a playoff-like atmosphere in the building and you can feel it through your television screen as well. This will likely be no different.

Check out the Blackhawks' full national television schedule here: