The Battle of Original 6 teams was a rerun of their first meeting in Montreal after one period which basically means the game was scoreless after one period. The Canadiens came out flying and they dominated the first half of the first period with many great chances. Corey Crawford brought his A game making save after great save with some help from his friends well sort of when Duncan Keith saved a goal then almost scored an own goal before shoving the puck to the corner. The Hawks only had two really great chances the first when Marcus Kruger picked up a rebound in the slot but couldn’t convert while Kris Versteeg had an open net but couldn’t lift the puck on his backhand and had his shot blocked. The Canadiens ended the period with a 13-11 shot advantage but it was all goose eggs after one period.
The second period of this Original 6 matchup was more of the same from the first period with lots of skating but not a ton of offensive chances. The difference in the period was the Blackhawks were making mistakes in front of their own net with Michal Handzus and Niklas Hjalmarsson both taking turns in front of Crawford in making terrible turnovers. Luckily Crawford was a wall and didn’t let anything come close to beating him. The Hawks only got 6 shots and Jeremy Morin had two of them but none found the back of the net on either side. A lot of end to end action but no score at the end of two periods.
After two periods of no scoring, the third period felt like a all you can eat buffet of goals with teams trading goals. First Montreal struck first with a goal from Dan Weise, but the Hawks responded when Jeremy Morin picked up the puck on the near boards and snapped one into the back of the net. The goal increased Morin’s point streak to 4 and goal scoring streak to 3 and had to put more puzzles into Quenneville’s head in who should be playing come playoff time. Montreal scored right away to retake the lead and looked like they would be leaving Chicago with the win until Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa in front of the Montreal net and tied the game up with less than a minute remaining. Corey Crawford made a huge save in the last seconds to send the game to overtime which ended on a strange-looking goal that was credited to Patrick Sharp!
Hawks Win Hawks Win!!
- In Game 80 this was the Hawks first overtime win of the season.
- Crawford was incredibly sharp tonight and kept the Hawks in the game.
- Michal Rozsival was a late scratch and Sheldon Brookbank got the start his 7th straight.
-The Hawks have two road games left to end the season with the Washington Capitals next up Friday night!