Kane ties Blackhawks point streak record in overtime loss to Senators


Kane ties Blackhawks point streak record in overtime loss to Senators

Mike Hoffman played the spoiler on Patrick Kane's record-tying night, scoring the game-winning goal 30 seconds into overtime as the Senators edged the Blackhawks 4-3 in a see-saw battle. It was fitting Hoffman notched the GWG, his second tally of the night, after hitting the crossbar as time expired. 

Kane entered the Blackhawks record book, tying Bobby Hull's 1971-72 mark for points in consecutive games with 21. The NHL's leading point-getter with 41 scored a power play goal 3:27 into the second period - sending a shot through the wickets of former Blackhawks goalie Craig Anderson. 

Kane was honored to tie the legend's record, "When you're tied with anything with Bobby Hull, it's pretty special considering the career that guy had."

A Blackhawks too many men penalty turned out to be costly as Senators forward Mark Stone batted the puck out of mid-air off a rebound giving his team a 3-2 at the 3:54 mark of the third period.

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Artem Anisimov sent the game into overtime finishing off a highlight reel behind-the-back pass from Kane.

The line of Artemi Panarin, Anisimov and Kane dominated at times, combining for eight points. Panarin once again showed why he's a serious Calder Trophy candidate as he matched Kane's output notching one goal and two assists. The rookie's marker evened the score at 2.

The Blackhawks are now winless in three games, but the game appeared lopsided in their favor at times. The club outshot the Senators 38-27. Surprisingly Niklas Hjalmarrsson led the way with five.

Among his 35 saves Park Ridge native Anderson made several quality stops. Panarin off a cross-crease pass from Kane; a tough shot by Teuvo Teravainen and a Marian Hossa breakway attempt that almost eked over the red line. Andrew Shaw a couple of chances that he couldn't bury, while Jonathan Toews rang one off the crossbar himself in the third period.

Despite the loss coach Joel Quenneville thought his team played well.

"We had a great four-line rotation going in the second period," he said. "We had great opportunities to score. That's what we're looking for."

Quenneville on Kane's impressive run, "He's been doing it game-in, game-out, shift-in, shift-out. He's been fun to watch. He makes plays that wow you. Fans, he entertains them, whether it's at home or on the road."

Fans were barely settled in their seats before Senators Mike Hoffman opened the scoring 1:32 into the game with a blast over Corey Crawford's glove. Hoffman, one of the game's rising stars, is on a streak of his own. His three-point night gave him 11 points (eight goals and three assists) in just six games.

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With Hossa in the box, Bobby Ryan gave the Senators a 2-0 lead on a power play screen shot. Crawford was slow to react. The netminder may have been lulled to sleep after a 10-minute delay to repair a hole in the lower boards behind the Blackhawks net.

Ryan scored just 26 seconds after play resumed.

Strangely enough, the Blackhawks have now played nine overtime games and none have gone to a shootout. 

Michal Rozsival appeared in his 900th regular season game. Quite an accomplishment for the 37 year-old whose career almost ended in May when he broke his ankle.

Kane will have an opportunity to pass Hull and extend his streak to 22 games Sunday at home versus the Winnipeg Jets.

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona


Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns


Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

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