Hawks defeat Stars in marathon shootout; head to Phoenix to wrap up circus trip

 

The Hawks finished off the Canada portion of their Circus road trip with a 3-2 SO win against the Dallas Stars, moving their record to 5-1-0 on the circus road trip.  Corey Crawford stayed in strong in net on a night that the Hawks turned over the puck over far more often than usual, stopping 25 shots and denying 10 shooters in the shootout and earning his 100th NHL win in dramatic fashion.

 

The Stars got the first goal of the night after a bad play and miscommunication when Crawford went out to play a puck that had been chipped in.  He got tangled up with Shawn Horcoff behind the net, who managed to gain control of the puck and sent it out front to Rich Peverly, who scored to put the puck behind a diving Crawford for the lead.

 

Alex Chiasson had an opportunity to put the Coyotes up by two in the second when he was awarded a penalty shot after Duncan Keith brought him down on a partial breakaway.  Crawford appeared to be beaten, but the puck hit the goalpost and the game continued for most of the second period with the Hawks down by one.

 

The Hawks got their first power play at 11:31 of the second on a trip on Patrick Kane by Peverley.The Hawks would fail to score, and the Stars would get a 2-on-1 that they couldn't convert on.

 

Stars forward Stephan Robidas lost his footing during the penalty kill and hit the boards at an awkward angle.  He was carried off the ice, clearly in agony, and would not return to the game.

 

Almost immediately after the Hawks first power play, they went on the penalty kill as Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for a trip at 13:57 of the second, but the Hawks PK would manage to kill off the PP.

 

Things got slightly testy in the second as Kane took a forearm to the jaw from Rochelle and appeared shaken up, but he would return to play in the third.

 

The Hawks finally tied things up in at  third as Patrick Sharp redirected a shot pass from Keith for his 10th goal of the year.

 

Crawford kept the game with several good saves in the third, including a stellar one with about nine minutes remaining as Jamie Benn crashed the crease after a Hawk turnover created an opportunity in the slot.

 

The game moved to overtime where the teams traded chances back and forth.  Kari Lehtonen denied Kane with the best chane of the period early on, and Crawford made a flurry of saves with just a few seconds to go in the overtime period.

 

In the shootout period, Sharp put the puck behind Lehtonen, and Peverley put it past Crawford.  With each team with one tally apiece, the two teams went into a marathon shootout where each goalie put on a clinic, denying shooters until the eleventh round. Ben Smith was the hero of the evening, putting a shot past Lehtonen's glove to win the game.

 

Three Stars: 

1. Corey Crawford: .966 SV%, 29 SA, 10/11 SO svs

2. Patrick Sharp: 1 G, 19:24 TOI, 4 SOG

3. Kari Lehtonen: .962 SV %, 26 SA, 1 GA

 

Quick Hits:

 

-With his assist on Sharp's goal, Keith moved into third place league-wide in assits, right behind forward Evgeni Malkin.  Keith is the only defensemen among the top 5 assist leaders.

 

-Failing to get a point tonight, Kane ended his twelve game point streak, during which he collected eight goals and nine assists.

 

-The 11-round shootout tied a Blackhawks franchise record for the longest shootout in the club's history.  The last time a shootout went to 11 rounds was on December 1st, 2009 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

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The Hawks will face off against the Phoenix Coyotes (15-6-4) for the first time this year as they end their circus road trip in Arizona.

 

The Coyotes, coming off a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild, sit fourth in the Pacific with 34 points, two points behind the Los Angeles Kings, and are currently in the first wild card position for the West.

 

Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal lead the team with 21 points apiece.

 

Goaltender Mike Smith is likely to get the start tomorrow in net.

 

Game time and location: Saturday, November 30th, 6:30 PM CDT, Jobing.com Arena

 

View the game on CSN-Chicago

 

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