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Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime win over Maple Leafs

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime win over Maple Leafs

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night:

1. Auston Matthews snaps point drought.

It had been seven consecutive games that the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 went without recording a point, the longest drought of his young NHL career. He ended that 8:25 into the game by burying a pass from William Nylander for his 32nd of the season, putting Toronto up 1-0.

It was a big goal for the most important player on the Maple Leafs as they continue their quest for a playoff spot. They need him to be on top of his game to have a chance at holding down the No. 2 wild-card position in the Eastern Conference.

2. John Hayden tallies first career NHL goal.

What a week it's been for Hayden. His four-year collegiate career wrapped up at Yale University, he signed his first professional contract, played in his first career NHL game with Jonathan Toews as his linemate, and in his second, scored his first career goal. He made a terrific reception with his skate on a 2-on-1 pass from Toews, then ripped one past Frederik Andersen's glove to tie the game up at 1-1 in the second period. He also registered 15:29 of ice time, a game-high seven hits, and four shots on goal.

Hayden became the seventh Blackhawks player this season to record their first career NHL goal, joining Gustav Forsling, Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza, Michal Kempny, Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz. It's also the first time the Blackhawks have had multiple Illinois-born players (Hayden and Hinostroza) score in the same season since 1998-99 (Eddie Olczyk and Chris Chelios), according to Elias.

3. Ryan Hartman rewarded, scores overtime winner.

Hartman was noticeable all night, and was rewarded for it by getting a late shift in overtime and ending it by faking out Andersen and slipping one five-hole for his 16th goal of the campaign. All 16 of those have come at even strength; only Auston Matthews (27) and Patrik Laine (25) have more.

Hartman finished with a game-high nine shot attempts (six on goal), three hits and was on the ice for 20 shot attempts for and only 10 against at even strength, which was tied for the best Corsi rating on the team.

4. Corey Crawford pitches in on offense.

On Hartman's overtime winner, Crawford registered a secondary assist, the fifth of his career and first this season, making it the fourth straight year he's recorded an assist.

He wasn't too shabby in goal, either. He stopped 25 of 26 shots en route to his third straight victory, and bumped his save percentage to .955 during that streak.

5. Tomas Jurco turns in solid effort in return to lineup.

Marian Hossa participated in morning skate, but was ruled out due to a lower-body injury that Quenneville said he suffered during Thursday's game, and deemed "not serious." Jurco had initially been slotted in on the fourth line, but was promoted to the third in Hossa's spot at right wing along with Hartman and Marcus Kruger.

After being a healthy scratch for three straight games with zero points in his first six games since being acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 24, Jurco showed flashes and more consistency against the Maple Leafs. He had 12:09 of ice time, his second-highest total since joining the team, to go along with six shot attempts (three on goal), two hits, and was a team-high plus-10 Corsi.

His best shift came at the beginning of the third period when he generated a flurry of chances, the last one bouncing off a Maple Leafs defender and hit the post.

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

After the No. 1 pick went to a placeholder team — that would be eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in the NHL's 24-team postseason under the Return to Play program — in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery in June, the top pick for the 2020 NHL Draft was awarded to an actual team in Phase 2 of the lottery on Monday. 

The New York Rangers won the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft on Monday during Phase 2 of the lottery.

The Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets were also in the running and all had a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick along with the Rangers in Phase 2 of the Draft Lottery.

The No. 1 pick of this year's draft is expected to be forward Alexis Lafrenière, who registered 35 goals and 77 assists for a league-leading 112 points in 52 games this season with the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL, where he also served as the team captain. 

No team has held the No. 1 pick finishing better than 26th in the standings since the 1995 NHL Draft, and no team made the top pick after playing in a postseason series since the Minnesota North Stars in the 1983 NHL Draft.

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10. It was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which paused the NHL on March 12.

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How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

There's nothing like playoff hockey. 

After defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round, the Blackhawks are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season. 

In the first round, the Hawks will go up against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights. 

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We have all the details on how to watch and stream the games. 

Game 1
When:
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 9:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 2
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 13
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 4:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 3
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 15
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 7 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC 
Note: NBC Sports Chicago will have Blackhawks Pregame at 6:30 p.m. CT before puck drop, and Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game. 

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Game 4
When:
 Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 5:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 5
When:
 Tuesday, Aug. 18
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 6
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 20
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 7
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 22
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Throughout the entire series, Blackhawks Pregame Live will air 30 minutes before puck drop on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming on the MyTeams app. Blackhawks Postgame Live will air immediately after each game. 

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