Feb 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (center) is congratulated after scoring by center Andrew Shaw (left) and right wing Marian Hossa (right) during the third period against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Boston won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks took to the ice for the final time in this 8 game homestand and although it hasn’t been great they could still end it on a high note.
Scott Darling making his first start for the Hawks since December had to bring his A game early on in the period because his Defense was leaving him high and dry with two different 2 on 1 breaks and Darling was up to the task making save after save.
The Story of the period was Patrick Kane getting cross-checked and sent to the locker room, the Hawks Jonathan Toews did score on the powerplay but Blackhawks breaths were on hold waiting for word on Patrick Kane. The Hawks out shot the Panthers 15-8 in the first and led 1-0 heading into the first intermission.
The second period started very depressing with most people not thinking about the game but the health of Patrick Kane. The Panthers only had 16 shots on net in the first two periods, but Darling had to come up big on multiple times including a very rare penalty shot call. Bryan Bickell swatted a loose stick to the corner and it was at the same time the puck handler had the puck which can be called interference or a penalty shot. The penalty shot was called but Darling stood tall.
The Hawks were able to get the second goal of the game when a nice passing play between Brad Richards and Patrick Sharp and the puck bounced to Versteeg and he deposited the puck into the back of the net.
The Hawks are really dominating but they need to finish this game and play a 60 minute games.
The Blackhawks let this game slip away from them in regulation at least when they let the Panthers score not once but twice in the last 10 minutes to tie up the contest at 2. The Blackhawks left Darling out high and dry on both goals and our good friend Michal Rozsival was out there to getting beat routinely all night long.
The overtime was very entertaining, but it didn’t decide anything so in the shootout Toews and Sharp both scored and Darling came up big and the Hawks got the 2 points they needed.
3-2-3 homestand is very unacceptable but it’s over and the only question is how hurt is Patrick Kane.