It is Wednesday, and that means another Blackhawks Rewind Wednesday is upon us! Does anybody remember Nikolai Khabibulin? Yes, the same guy that started for the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2009, but the 40 year old 2013 version who had a 5.00 GAA. The one that got injured only a month into the season after backing up Corey Crawford for a few games. Well this Rewind Wednesday is going back to a game that he started in October against the Ottawa Senators.
This game was closer than most fans wished it to be, with the Blackhawks ending up winning by a score of 6-5. Jonathan Toews had a hat-trick including 2 goals in the third period.
Andrew Shaw opened the scoring nearly 7 minutes into the first period on a Power Play with a tip-in from a Patrick Sharp shot from the blue line. Milan Michalek tied the game with one minute left in the period as he wristed a shot past Khabibulin. That ended the first period.
The second period was full of back and forth scoring after Kyle Turris broke the tie by somehow finding the back of the net in a scrum on a Senators PP. Marian Hossa, who also added 2 assists and was the 3rd star of the game, regained the tie less than a minute later by scoring on a beautiful pass from Toews on a break away. Joe Corvo gave the Senators another lead on his first goal of the season and Mika Zibanejad made it a 2 goal game and in the process ended the game for Khabibulin. Corey Crawford came in to replace him and Jonathan Toews ended the 2nd with his first goal of the game.
Earlier in the third, Toews struck again, tying the game, and then proceeded to give the Hawks a 5-4 lead 8 minutes later to complete his 3rd career regular season hat trick. Crawford only allowed one goal, the final goal of the game by Zack Smith, and made 14 saves. Andrew Shaw cemented a Hawks win by scoring 13 seconds before Smith did.
This was a game that tested the Blackhawks resiliency, but they came out of it stronger and better.
Check back next Wednesday for another Blackhawks Rewind!
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