Analysis

Blackhawks complete the comeback against Columbus and win in overtime

By Jimmy Lynch
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks came back from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While neither team didn’t really pull away with things, there are still some fun takeaways.

Even when failing to score the Blackhawks played some good hockey. Whether it be on the power play, or just at five on five, the Blackhawks stuck in this game waiting for their chance to score. The chances did finally come just a little later than expected.

The Blackhawks won for the first time after being down by a goal going into the third period this season. Columbus was up 2-1 in the third and Chicago turned things around and tied the game with under four minutes to go before winning it all in overtime.

The ‘Hawks overall record is now 7-5-4 and Kane has now registered 22 points this season. It is amazing just how good some of the Blackhawks are playing during this despite some of the major pieces missing in the locker room.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ comeback against the Columbus Blue Jackets had a few takeaways I want to talk about.

1. Kane and DeBrincat are always just waiting for an opportunity 

The Blackhawks’ great play this season has to be paired with how well DeBrincat and Kane have been together through the first 16 games. While Chicago might not be the deepest team in the NHL, these two can match up with the best of the best.

Just take a look at the game-winning goal from last night.

Kane and Debrincat did not score any goals or get any assists during the first 60 minutes of action, but it was just a waiting game for the two stars.

2. Soderberg’s first goal with the team shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone

Carl Soderberg – Brandon Hagel – Philipp Kurashev

That line has been playing great for the Blackhawks and it continued last night. Throughout most of this game, I kept noting how whenever there was an opportunity in the offensive zone that turned into three or four shots on goal it was with those three on the ice.

The great play of these three is not really about what they are doing with the puck, rather what they are doing to get it back in moments following a rush. The three have been great at back checking and have often created turnovers in the offensive zone to keep things going. Plus this line drew a penalty and featured Hagel’s first NHL fight so not a bad night for them.

3. Kevin Lankinen gets back into the win column

Lankinen getting the start after giving up six goals on Thursday night is not something I would have expected. But not letting him sit on the bad loss was the right call from Jeremy Colliton as it led to a great performance last night from Lankinen.

Lankinen made 29 saves last night, and the goals he gave up were not really his fault. Laine’s goal was an amazing shot, one that no one would be able to block, and Atkinson’s goal was a tip that definitely made things more difficult.

The ‘Hawks getting the win is huge for momentum as they now start a six-game road trip. Next up is Detroit, and Chicago needs to get two wins against the Wings yet again if they want to keep up in the Central Division.

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