Sometimes, you need to change the way things are going.
The Blackhawks did that on Wednesday, snapping an eight-game, regular-season winless streak with their 4-3 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. We’re doing it in this space, too.
So let’s mix things up a bit with Quick Hits to take away from Wednesday night’s Blackhawks-Wild game.
What Worked: The top line. Jonathan Toews looked especially good, collecting three points including the game-winning goal in overtime. But it was a productive night, overall, for the line of Toews, Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik. Schmaltz’ goal, off a pass from Toews, gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at the time. Panik’s goal, from Niklas Hjalmarsson and Toews, gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead late in the second. Coach Joel Quenneville has had this group together for a few games. It looks like the chemistry is building.
What Didn’t Work: Several shifts following Schmaltz’s goal. The Blackhawks know one of their most important shifts comes after they score, yet they faltered not long after taking a 2-0 lead early in the second. Just 37 seconds after Schmaltz’s goal Jared Spurgeon scored to cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 2-1, and the Wild would keep creating chances over the next few minutes.
*Honorable mention for What Didn’t Work: The land line (apparently) during the Blackhawks’ review of Zach Parise’s goal. Linesman Ryan Daisy had to switch to a cell phone in what was an unnecessarily long review.
He Said It: “Yeah, we think it was offside but I guess it might not have been conclusive from their vantage point. That’s it.” Quenneville on the lost challenge of Zach Parise’s goal.
By the Numbers:
Jan. 11, 2015 – The last time (prior to Wednesday) the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild in a regular-season matchup.
3 – Goals in as many games for Ryan Hartman.
284 – Consecutive games played by Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle, a franchise record.
597 – Career points for Jonathan Toews, who had three (goal, two assists) against the Wild on Wednesday night. Toews passed Jeremy Roenick and is now ninth on the Blackhawks’ all-time points list.
6:10 – Time, in minutes and seconds (via Minneapolis Star Tribune), of the coaches’ challenge review of Zach Parise’s goal. That’s just a tad too long.