Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Canucks 1
Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' OT win over the Canucks on Wednesday.
How it happened: Andrew Shaw redirected a Johnny Oduya shot in overtime off a feed from Dave Bolland to complete a crazy night.The Canucks scored first, 27 seconds into the game when Jannik Hansen beat Johnny Oduya then Corey Crawford. The Hawks tied it in the second period on a Patrick Kane goal, his 20th of the season. As the game got chippy, the Hawks had multiple chances on the power play to take advantage but couldn’t get a second one by Roberto Luongo in that second period. The teams exchanged chances in the third with Corey Crawford coming up big while fatigue set in for the Hawks who played the night before.
The chippy play: The teams admit they don’t like each other and proved it once again with a penalty and cheap-shot filled game. Duncan Keith could be facing supplemental discipline due to an elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin who did not return for the final two periods. Keith and Alex Burrows got into it each receiving 10 minute misconduct penalties in the second period. There were numerous other incidents with Brent Seabrook in the middle of a lot of the action.
What it means: The actual play on the ice took a back seat to the rough-housing. The only conclusions to take away from the game are the Hawks' power play still needs work and Chicago has become a resilient group. The Hawks improved to 9-1-1 since Johnny Oduya joined the team and 10-4-1 without Jonathan Toews. They continue to match Vancouver stride for stride, and another playoff matchup would not disappoint. The Hawks have won five in a row and on a roll.
What’s next: The Hawks are off until Sunday when they host the Nashville Predators at 6:30 pm at the United Center.