EDMONTON, Alberta – Ah, Rexall Place: the Blackhawks have had their share of interesting games in the Edmonton Oilers’ home.
There were the blowout victories. There were the lopsided losses, too, including one night when an Edmonton forward did his best Wayne Gretzky impression with an eight-point night.
For the most part, however, the Blackhawks have fared well here in recent times. And in what was likely their last game ever at Rexall Place, the Blackhawks took one more. So as the Circus Trip takes us a few hours south, let’s salute Rexall and look at the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Oilers.
1. Big save! OK, it’s hard to do a Pat Foley impression through copy. But there’s no doubt Corey Crawford’s overtime save on Taylor Hall was tremendous, and it gave the Blackhawks a chance to win, which they would do shortly after that. “He came up and he had a good chance to shoot. I just had to challenge him,” Crawford said of Hall. “He fed it across pretty quick. I didn’t really have time to slide over so I just was reaching out and trying to read where it was going.”
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2. Marian Hossa wins it. Hossa said he didn’t lose too much confidence as he struggled to get points in the early season. Still, getting a timely goal always helps even the most seasoned scorers, and Hossa got that with his overtime winner on Wednesday night. Hossa now has two goals in as many games; prior to his goal against Calgary, Hossa hadn’t scored since mid-October.
3. Patrick Kane does it again. Kane entered Wednesday’s game on a 13-game point streak, one shy of his career best. He equaled that, recording two assists against the Oilers. “Can’t say enough about him, or the line,” Quenneville said of Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov, who dotted the score sheet once again on Wednesday.
4. Eking one out. The Blackhawks probably would’ve liked a sharper game as they hit the road. But sometimes you come out playing so-so hockey and still win. The Blackhawks got enough out of everyone in this one, especially when they had to shorten the bench after Teuvo Teravainen’s injury.
5. Goodbye, Rexall Place. It may not be the prettiest building from the outside but from this scribe’s standpoint, it was a wonderful place to watch a game. The catwalk overhanging the rink supplies great views and even though the ice isn’t as outstanding as it used to be back in the day, it’s still better than a lot of places in the league. Take care, Rexall. We’ll check out the new digs next season.