The Blackhawks defense almost cost them the game last night against Vancouver, allowing a breakaway goal and another bumbling play that enabled a one-timer by Vancouver. In the opening period, Hawks goaltender Scott Darling gave up the first goal of the night off of a tough rebound, and I can live with that one occasionally. However, the defense cannot allow the other team to get behind them twice, resulting in two goals like the Hawks’ defense did last night.
Brian Campbell let the puck get taken away in the neutral zone, leading to a Horvat breakaway goal, putting the Canucks up by 2 in the second. Later, Michal Kempny let one go right between his legs at the Hawks’ blue line, enabling the Canucks’ Henrik Sedin to assist Brandon Sutter on a one-timer which put them up 3-0 going into the third. Those types of plays let up goals, as we saw, and cannot happen the way they did last night. You cannot blame those on Darling when his defensemen didn’t show up until the third period.
Luckily for the Hawks, they started to pull together in the third period, starting with the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, with Kane passing a sweet dish onto Panarin, slapping it behind Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Later, LW Vinnie Hinostroza picks up his first NHL point after capitalizing on his own rebound and cutting Vancouver’s lead in half. Hats off to you Vinnie.
With 4:14 left to go in the third, Hinostroza picks up another point as he makes a pass to Ryan Hartman who smashes home a goal, tying the score at 3-3, sending the game into OT.
Less than a minute into OT, Jonathan Toews gets the puck behind the Canucks’ goaltender, but due to a late offsides call after reviewing the play, the goal doesn’t count and the teams continue to battle. Toews almost had that OT GWG I mentioned in my last article, I know he has one coming, but my wait is extended. You’re due Tazer.
In OT, Darling was put to the test as Vancouver had multiple chances for game-winners but were snuffed out by Darling, keeping the Hawks alive in sudden death and showing his acrobatic skills in the blue paint. Marian Hossa eventually gets in a one-on-one situation and snaps home a goal, giving the Hawks the W over the Canucks and giving Hossa is 510th career goal.
The Blackhawks will take on the Oilers tomorrow night in Edmonton, who are 2nd in the Pacific Division, but haven’t been playing very well as of late, picking up only 3 wins in their last 10 games. If the Blackhawks offense stays consistent and their defenseman show up at the beginning of the game and don’t wait until the third period, the Hawks will play a good game against the Oilers.