- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville felt fortunate to get a point.
That’s the type of night it was against Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
“We’ll take the point knowing it was tough to get the first [goal], get to the second one; and the goalie played well for them,” Quenneville said after Chicago’s overtime loss. “You got to get lucky. Second opportunities, I think that was the recipe. We weren’t fortunate around there, but we certainly had some decent looks.”
The Blackhawks had looks from nearly everywhere on the ice from start to finish. They took 88 total shots, including 48 on net. It was the third most shots on goal for the Blackhawks this season.
Up and down the lineup the Blackhawks created chances. Patrick Sharp had 12 total shots, including nine on net. Brent Seabrook had 11 total shots. Niklas Hjalmarsson had six shots on goal. Patrick Kane had five shots on net, including one from the right circle that Varlamov robbed of a goal with a glove save. The two pucks the Blackhawks were able to get past Varlamov came with traffic and rebounds.
While the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on their opportunities, especially all five of their power plays, the Avalanche took advantage of their chances. They scored three goals on 26 shots on net, and two of those goals came on the power play.
“Against a team like this it’s a matter of finding a way to win a hockey game,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “That’s what we did.”
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had mixed feelings about the contest’s outcome.
“I think we did a lot of good things,” Toews said. “We played well right off the bat in the first period, and then we just kind of maybe let up and we gave them that two-goal lead. I think the rest of the game we kept coming back. We put a lot of pressure on them for the next 40. We just couldn’t find a way to score enough goals to win.
“We’ll keep working, not get overly frustrated by that game. It is a frustrating game, but we’ll stay with it and we know we can build off that effort and start playing better hockey than we have been the last few games.”
Things would be even more frustrating if the Blackhawks lack a few points for a division title come season’s end.
The Blackhawks have squandered 11 points this season with overtime and shootout losses. They’re 4-11 in overtime and shootout games. Last season they were 11-5 after such finishes.
“Our record in overtimes is rather one-sided against us,” Quenneville said. “Certainly a tough situation for us. That’s a lot of points. At the end of the day, it’s what it is. We should be better in that area.”