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Five Things: Overtime doesn’t go the Blackhawks’ way

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Five Things: Overtime doesn’t go the Blackhawks’ way

When you score five goals in 20 the first minutes, you should probably win that game.

The Blackhawks looked on their way to doing that on Wednesday night against a Blues team that lost on Tuesday and had some hellacious travel overnight. But the Blues apparently got great naps and the Blackhawks and Corey Crawford had some forgettable moments in St. Louis’ comeback victory. The Blackhawks weren’t happy with the outcome, especially considering the start, but there it is nonetheless.

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So before we call it a night, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 6-5 loss to the Blues.

1. Not one of Corey Crawford’s finest. Crawford already has two shutouts this season and was great, especially in the third period, against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. But he was not at his best on Wednesday. There were some fluky goals, for sure — Alex Steen’s first one, which took one heck of a bounce over Crawford, was one. But there were stops Crawford should have made and tonight, he didn’t. Crawford said, “it felt like one of those nights. Tried to battle through it but when your team scores five goals you have to find a way and it’s just a tough one I guess.”

2. Marko Dano scores his first with his new team. Dano, who was recalled on Monday, scored off a Blues turnover to give the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead. Dano had a big smile on his face not long after scoring that goal. But given the game outcome, his post-game euphoria was tempered. “It’s a good feeling for me,” he said. “But I would rather take the win for the team.”

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3. Blues battle fatigue and win. St. Louis had to be a tired group heading into Chicago. Their flight, following their home game on Tuesday night, was diverted to Milwaukee due to heavy fog here. The Blues bused to Chicago, getting in around 4 a.m. But the Blues had the necessary energy in the second period when they came back to tie a game they looked out of after the first period.

4. Teuvo Teravainen fitting in on the second line. Teravainen seems to be working well with new linemates Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane. Teravainen had four shots on goal, one becoming his fourth goal of the season when he capitalized on a Trevor Daley rebound. Said Joel Quenneville of Teravainen getting to the net on that one, “I think against that team, it’s kind of comparable to [playing against] L.A., traffic, second opportunities and the finish was there. You have to get there to get rewarded.”

5. OT doesn’t go the Blackhawks’ way. The Blackhawks were 3-0 in 3-on-3 entering Wednesday night’s game. Pretty sure they played more 3-on-3 against the Blues tonight than they did the previous three overtimes this season. Defending, knowing when to change and perhaps fighting fatigue during a long shift are going to be critical in this new format. “Clearly there are situations that, instead of changing and giving your team a 3-on-2 look in your own zone, it’s something that you have to fight and hang in there and even if they have the puck for another minute,” Jonathan Toews said. “You’ve got to stick it out and obviously not let them have an easy chance the way they had there, so obviously a mistake on my part there.”

 

 

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year.

But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by the Erie Otters of the OHL and there could've been a moment where he played with Connor McDavid and current teammates Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome all at the same time.

“I remember telling Sherry Bassin, the GM of Erie, how I was going to go to college," Caggiula said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "He kept reiterating that, 'at 16 years old, we’re not going to be that great. But at 17, we’re going to be a little bit better, but not great. But at 18 and 19, those are going to be your big years and we’re going to have a really good team and we’re going to surround you with good players.’ I mean, that’s two years in the future so it’s hard to really see that.

"Looking back at it now, the players that I could have played with, they had some pretty talented players go through Erie. Even Dylan Larkin was an Erie draft pick and ended up going to Michigan. It could have been a pretty talented team there so it’s kind of funny to see how it all works out. We’re all here today coming from different paths so it’s pretty cool.”

Any chirps from the guys about his decision now?

“Yeah, Connor [McDavid] used to make fun of me all the time, you know? ‘Oh, we would have won the Memorial Cup if you would have joined the team!’ and all that sort of stuff," Caggiula joked. "We talk about it a little bit just here and there saying, ‘what a team we could have had and imagine who we would have been playing with and now we’re all here together. What if we all would have started in Erie together and now we’re here together?’ It just would have been a pretty cool story. It’s obviously something that we can’t control but it’s definitely something that you can look back at and laugh at.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few).

It was a weird dynamic at first, but quickly normalized once the locker room realized how bright of a hockey mind Colliton had/has.

Calvin de Haan offers a unique perspective. After being acquired by the Blackhawks in the summer, an interesting storyline was brought to light. He and Colliton actually played together during the 2011-12 season with the New York Islanders organization, where Colliton served as the captain of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

While he may not have expected it to come this quickly, de Haan isn't surprised to see Colliton behind an NHL bench at such a young age.

"Looking back on it now, you realize that he has the qualities to be a successful coach," de Haan said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "Smart guy, very methodical I don't envision him being a yeller or a screamer but he was a guy who always kind of spoke and everyone kind of listened. I'm assuming it's going to translate to his coaching style and just judging by his personality you can see why he's climbed the ranks pretty quick. I'm really excited to play for him."

Check out the interview in the video above.

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