Hawks overcome own-goal to beat Oilers 5-3
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter January 12, 2014 8:40PM
Updated: February 14, 2014 6:25AM
Patrick Kane, standing below his own goal line on a power play, wheeled the puck around the boards to a point man who wasn’t there, and then could only watch helplessly as the puck skittered all the way down the ice toward the Blackhawks’ empty net, vacated earlier by Antti Raanta for an extra attacker on a delayed-penalty call.
Kane leaned to his left, trying to coax the insolent puck wide with a little body English. Then he leaned harder. Then he smacked himself on the forehead when he realized what was about to happen.
Kane scored. From about 195 feet away. On his own net.
“Seemed like it took forever to keep going in,” Kane said. “Kind of a weird play, I guess.”
That the bizarre goal ended up a slapstick footnote in Sunday night’s game and not the latest anvil to fall on the Hawks’ head was as good a sign as any that the last-place Edmonton Oilers were just what the Hawks needed to snap out of their recent funk. The Hawks dispatched the Oilers 5-3 to end a three-game losing streak in which they had scored a total of five goals. And they did it in dominating fashion, outshooting Edmonton 41-21.
Kane heard plenty of chirping from his teammates, who joked that he had a goal and two assists, not the two assists the scoresheet showed. It was easy to laugh because Marian Hossa got that goal right back, scoring 29 seconds into the 5-on-3 power play that had prompted Raanta to leave the net for an extra attacker.
“Funny bounce,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Good response.”
Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday with a goal and an assist — becoming the third Hawks player this season to score on his birthday, joining Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp. Hossa had a chance for another one in the final minute, but missed an empty-netter just wide.
“My wife told me to score two goals for both our daughters, and I missed the last one,” he said. “That’s going to bug me.”
Andrew Shaw, elevated to the second line with Marcus Kruger moving back down to the fourth after one game, had his best game in weeks, scoring a goal and generally wreaking havoc.
“I needed it big time,” said Shaw, who had just one point in his last 13 games. “I was obviously down on myself, and my confidence wasn’t high. To come in tonight and see I was playing with Kaner and [Brandon] Saad, two great players, I knew I had to work as hard as I could, and I got one. It felt great to get the monkey off the back.”
The Hawks fell behind early again — the fourth consecutive game in which they failed to score first — as Ales Hemsky skated right around a flat-footed Duncan Keith (who was a dominant force the rest of the way) for a 1-0 lead. But the Hawks responded with their first first-period goal in six games, as Ben Smith deflected Niklas Hjalmarsson’s shot from the blue line.
Shaw ripped a shot from the left circle past Dubnyk at 2:36 of the second to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead, which stood until Kane’s jaw-dropping own-goal at 10:23, then Hossa’s response 29 seconds later.
Jonathan Toews scored on a Sharp feed at 17:32 of the second to make it 4-2. The Oilers made things interesting with a Taylor Hall goal at 5:17 of the third, but Brent Seabrook scored the insurance goal with 5:41 left, snapping the Hawks’ skid with big home games against Colorado, Anaheim and Boston looming large.