Mar 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville (C) talks to his team from behind the bench during the first period of an NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks after almost the entire week off took to the ice with the bottom feeders Edmonton Oilers in a game they should win. Here is how things took place at the United Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks came out in a word flat in the first period. It could have been rust who knows but the Oilers had plenty of quality chances and odd man rushes but couldn’t get the puck past Corey Crawford early on in the first period. The Hawks never really got their legs after the long break off and even when they had a powerplay it wasn’t very effective.
The Oilers got on the board first when Crawford was way out of his crease and Derek Roy knocked the puck into the open net for the 1-0 lead. The Hawks really didn’t pressure much and in a hard to believe first period the Oilers lead the Hawks 1-0 on a 18 shot first period.
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The second period was again dominated for long stretches by the Edmonton Oilers and Ben Scrivens. Scrivens was solid when called upon during the second period and when the ice settled the score was still the same as it was when the period started. The fans were a bit frustrated at the end of period and a course of boos were heard from the United Center crowd. After 2 periods the Oilers had out shot the Hawks 29-24.
The third period began with the Blackhawks pressing for that tying goal with no success. The defense was pressing but Ben Scrivens was good all night long stopping every chance and shot the Hawks could fire at him. The worrisome thing while watching the Hawks is the quality chances that the Hawks gave up to the Oilers.
Late in the third period with the Blackhawks offense struggling Brent Seabrook fired one that Scrivens had no chance and finally a goal and tie game. The Hawks pressed a lot late but couldn’t find the winning goal and the game headed to overtime.
In overtime the Hawks controlled the play and David Rundblad had two great chances to seal the Win but Scrivens was good all night long and made a couple of big saves. The game went to a shootout and Antoine Vermette won it so welcome to the Hawks!!!
-Crawford was great all night long making 46 saves and he earned the #1 Star!!
-The Wild are only 4 points behind the Hawks going 16-2-1 in their last 19 games
– Patrick Kane we miss you
-Andrew Dejardins had a couple of hits but didn’t see the grit aspect too much
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