Tonight was a game where the Blackhawks finally scored a third period goal. It was their first goal since the season opener against the Washington Capitals. This was game a night to forget for several veteran players. Nikolai Khabibulin, Michal Handzus, and Michael Rozsival were awful tonight. Khabibulin gave up 6 goals tonight on 23 shots, that’s a save percentage of 74 %. His counterpart Ben Bishop gave 5 goals on 41 shots, that’s a save percentage of close to 88%
The Blackhawks will not win many games with goal tending play like that. To make matters worse, Handzus looked old and slow this entire game. He committed a stupid penalty late in the game. The ensuing power-play yielded a Steven Stamkos goal for the Lightening. The icing on the cake was Rozsival. Rozsival was in the penalty box more than he was on the ice. That was exaggeration, but Rozsival committed to two costly penalties. He also pushed Stamkos into Khabibulin that yielded a goal. Tonight was not a good night for the older veterans.
Although the Blackhawks lost the game, it was not ALL gloom and doom. Patrick Kane looked electric on the ice tonight. Kane scored a break-away a goal that best can be described in this tweet by Chris Kuc:
Patrick Kane does one of those things Patrick Kane does to pull #Blackhawks into 3-3 tie with Lightning.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) October 25, 2013
Bryan Bickell continued his mini hot steak with another goal tonight that makes three goals in three games. Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa also contributed goals tonight. The Blackhawks were lucky to get overtime because the Lighting had two goals from Steven Stamkos, one from Victor Hedman, one from Matthew Carle, and one from Nate Thompson.
Tonight concludes the Mother’s trip and the Florida tour for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks will resume play in Chicago against the Minnesota Wild this Saturday at 7pm.