Dec 9, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalieScott Darling
(33) makes a save while New Jersey Devils centerScott Gomez
(21) looks for the rebound during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks were on a 6 game winning streak when they took to the ice in New Jersey to face the Devils, here’s how things turned out on the 2nd game during their four game road trip on the east coast.
The star of the Blackhawks first period had to be Scott Darling. Darling made 9 saves in the period, a period which was pretty lackluster from the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks only had a couple good moments of offensive pressure with the Jonathan Toews line owning the puck on a few shifts. The Devils got on the board when Jordin Tootoo picked up the puck when Brent Seabrook‘s pass misfired to Andrew Shaw and Tootoo blew it past Darling. The Hawks were out shot and out scored in the first so hopefully they find their skating legs in the second period.
The Blackhawks always have seemed to struggle against rookies just starting out and Tuesday night was no different with the New Jersey Devils starting Keith Kinkaid in net. Kinkaid stopped everything he saw through the first period and a half until the Blackhawks had a 3 on 1 and Bryan Bickell stumbled his way to a spot where he could fire wrist shot past Kinkaid for the tying goal. Patrick Sharp picked up an assist on the Bickell goal and moments later the Hawks were on a 4 minute powerplay.
The Hawks controlled the puck for most of the powerplay but Kinkaid was up to the task and stopped everything the Hawks threw at him but he was up to the task with some luck involved. The Hawks owned the second period out shooting the Devils 17-7 but only could manage one goal.
The Devils took the lead early in the third period when another Hawks turnover was swatted into the net past Darling, but you have to hand it to Stephen Gionta for a very skillful goal. The Blackhawks looked like it was not going to be their night until Brent Seabrook made great pinch late in the third that was rewarded when the puck went to the Captain to Marian Hossa to a rebound that fell to Duncan Keith who buried it for the tying goal late in the game.
Overtime went without a score even though the Hawks had a powerplay, and in the shootout Darling stood tall and both Toews and Kane scored to secure the win for the Hawks in New Jersey!!
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