Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2: Hawks finally ace shootout
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT October 25, 2011 10:44PM
Hawks winger Patrick Sharp keeps Anaheim winger Corey Perry and the puck in front of him in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks vs.the Anaheim Ducks game Tuesday October 25, 2011 at the United Center. Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: January 23, 2012 4:02AM
Patrick Kane came into the game Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks pointless in his last three games and preaching patience for himself.
“I’m at the point where you’re trying not to think about it and go out there and play and let the game come to you,” Kane said before the game. “[You] try not to get frustrated and make the right, simple play. Do that, hopefully success will come.”
The simple play? Kane? Yeah, right.
Kane found his way back on to the scoresheet with a spin-o-rama assist on Marian Hossa’s goal midway through the second period that had Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman looking befuddled.
He followed it up by helping to extend Patrick Sharp’s point streak to five games, setting him up for a blast past Jonas Hiller before the Blackhawks exorcised their early-season shootout demons with a 3-2 victory.
“It’s a little bit of an underrated move,” Kane said of his spin-o-rama assist. “You get acceleration out of it, and you protect the puck, too. I’ve talked to [Denis Savard] a number of times about using it and when to use it. It hadn’t come into play yet where it completely worked, but tonight it did.”
Jonathan Toews and Kane beat Hiller, who had 33 saves, in the shootout to give the Hawks the two points after they had come away with shootout losses in their previous two and had not scored in six attempts.
“It was a nice way to end it because we know the alternative the last two games in the shootout,” coach Joel Quenneville said.
Dave Bolland had his shootout attempt stopped. But Corey Crawford made 29 saves and stopped Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in the shootout for the Hawks, who opted to go second.
“We obviously went second, which was an easy decision, and [there was] maybe a little bit more of a batting order,” Quenneville said. “We [wanted] to do something a little bit different if [a shootout did] occur and be ready for it.”
Why such an easy decision to shoot second in the shootout?
“Well, because we didn’t win going first,” Quenneville said.
Teemu Selanne had an assist on Getzlaf’s power-play goal before scoring the 640th goal of his career to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead in the second period.
Despite Getzlaf’s power-play goal, the Hawks continued their strong start to the season on the penalty kill, nullifying five of six short-handed situations.
“Our PK’s been so strong, it just seems like we have that confidence where it doesn’t matter [how many penalties] we take, we’re just going to kill them off,” Crawford said.
The come-from-behind victory gives the Hawks points in seven consecutive games.
“It’s nice to get off to that start because we know what a bad start did to us last year, and we really stressed that a start would be pretty important here,” Kane said. “It’s not only nice to get one [point] — especially coming back from being down 2-1 again — but nice to get two [points] in the shootout.”