Blackhawks make two-point deposit in overtime for crucial win
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 6, 2011 11:36PM
CANADIENS 2, Blackhawks 1
BLACKHAWKS 0 1 0 0— 2
Montreal 0 1 0 1— 1
First Period—None. Penalties—Subban, Mon (hooking), 17:40; Hamrlik, Mon (interference), 19:54.
Second Period—1, Montreal, Cammalleri 18 (Kostitsyn, Mara), 6:55. 2, HAWKS, Kane 27 (Brouwer, Seabrook), 10:05. Penalties—Toews, HAWKS (interference), :46; Stalberg, HAWKS (holding), 7:20; Kostitsyn, Mon (tripping), 7:42; Subban, Mon (delay of game), 12:45.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Kopecky, HAWKS (goaltender interference), 10:17; Kostitsyn, Mon (holding), 13:20.
Overtime—3, Montreal, Subban 14 (Kostitsyn, Cammalleri), 1:19 (pp). Penalties—Toews, HAWKS (tripping), :37.
Shots on Goal—HAWKS 9-14-20-0—43. Montreal 12-12-9-2—35. Power-play opportunities—HAWKS 0 of 5; Montreal 1 of 4.
Goalies—HAWKS, Crawford 31-17-6 (35 shots-33 saves). Montreal, Price 37-28-6 (43-42).
Referees—Eric Furlatt, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen—Anthony Sericolo, Pierre Champoux. A—21,273 (21,273). T—2:29.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Sometimes it takes some ugliness and a whole lot of luck to get a victory. In the end, the Blackhawks needed plenty of both Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues.
The Hawks’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Blues is something that should have happened at the United Center considering the circumstances.
Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner with 1:41 left in overtime on a nice feed from Duncan Keith. But the victory will be remembered for what swung things in the Hawks’ favor in the second period.
It took more than forward Patrick Sharp gutting out his knee injury to wake them from their collective slumber and defeat the out-of-contention Blues. It took a disputed goal.
Winger Marian Hossa was credited with an ugly, seemingly kicked-in goal at 7:52 in the second period. The goal sprang the Hawks and the crowd to life, but it required a lengthy review from officials.
Hossa appeared to kick in the puck, which slid onto the goal line before appearing to barely cross it. Some replays showed Hossa may have tipped the puck with his stick at the very end.
Officials in Toronto didn’t see conclusive evidence to overturn the referee’s ruling on the ice that it was a good goal, especially after Ty Conklin (35 saves) covered the puck with his glove. Officials also ruled Hossa kicked the puck into the post and then tipped it in with his stick.
“We were down 2-0, and things aren’t going our way,” said Sharp, who assisted on the goal. “It was a big goal for us. I threw it out in front, and [Hossa] was whacking at it. [Hossa] said it was a 50-50 chance that it didn’t go to the back of the net, but it always had a chance so I guess it did go in.”
It might go down as the biggest goal of the season. It stole the momentum from the Blues, who had an opportunity to take a huge swipe at the Hawks’ playoff hopes. The Hawks closed out the second with goals by Tomas Kopecky and Nick Leddy, turning a two-goal hole into a 3-2 lead.
With the victory, the Hawks took a four-point lead over the idle Dallas Stars.
“They called it a goal on the ice, which is fine, that’s understandable,” Conklin said. “But the reason we have video replay is to get the right call. They’re probably going to make it into the playoffs anyway, but do we really have to make it that obvious that the league wants them in? It was a close play, but the puck never crossed the line.”
The Hawks were flat through the first 30 minutes, which included a hapless 5-on-3 power play. It’s not that they were thoroughly outplayed by the Blues, who led 2-0 on goals by David Backes and T.J. Oshie. It’s that the Hawks did nothing to help their cause by making mistakes.
The Hawks’ poor start, so-so third period and an 0-for-4 power play should continue to raise questions about the team’s mentality, especially since their playoff berth isn’t guaranteed. But their second-period rally — at the very least — shows a fire is still in them.
Chris Stewart tied the game at 3 by making a powerful move to outmuscle Leddy and Duncan Keith to a free puck and eventually lifting it past Corey Crawford. The Hawks goalie made 21 saves, including a huge one in overtime during a Blues breakout, to notch his 32nd victory.
“It would have been real easy to be discouraged and shut it down after going down 2-0,” Toews said. “[The Blues] were definitely determined to end our season.”