Toews Leads Comeback Win Over Sens
The Hawks faced the Senators in the second game of a back to back trip, but the pace was far from sluggish as the two teams traded chances in a high scoring affair en route to a wild 6-5 win. Jonathan Toews scored his 3rd career hat trick and collected an assist while Corey Crawford made 13 saves in relief of Nikolai Khabibulin after the backup netminder let in 4 goals in 22 shots.
The Hawks scored their first goal of the night on the power play off of a hard shot from the blue line by Patrick Sharp which hit Andrew Shaw on its way to the net. It marked the 6th straight game that the Hawks had scored a power play goal.
The Senators would score to tie it up with just a minute left in the third on a shot by Milan Micalek that ripped past the glove of Khabibulin.
The second period opened up as the Senators scored three goals within a four minute span, which prompted coach Joel Quenneville to pull Khabibulin in favor of Crawford, who had made 29 saves the previous night against Minnesota. Marian Hossa scored on a 2 on 1 rush for the Hawks at 7:41 of the second period after a pass from Toews.
Toews would score his first goal of the night at 14:30 of the second period, picking up a rebound from behind the net and wrapping around the net to send it home as Craig Anderson struggled to stand from the first shot.
The Hawks came out flying in the third and struck quickly as Toews put home his second of the night after he went crashing to the net to stuff home a Johnny Oduya shot. Eight minutes later he would complete the hat trick with his third goal in a row, stuffing home a rebound in the same spot he scored his second to put the Hawks in front 5-4.
Crawford made several key stops during the second and early in the third to give the Hawks the opportunity to come back and take the lead, including making a solid stop on Cory Conacher alone in the slot with the game still tied at four.
Shaw would score what proved to be the game winning goal at 14:10 in the third, giving the Hawks a two goal cushion that was quickly cut back down to one 13 seconds later as Zach Smith scored for the Sens.
Senators goalie Anderson finished with 34 saves on 40 shots for an .850 save percentage.
3 stars of the game
1. Marian Hossa
2. Kyle Turris
3. Jonathan Toews
The Hawks continue to have early season struggles with faceoffs, with only Andrew Shaw (53%) having a win percentage higher than 50%. The Hawks as a whole had a 44% win percentage.
Sheldon Brookbank played in his second consecutive game as the sixth defenseman, while Michael Roszival was a healthy scratch. The choice to play Brookbank in back-to-back games suggests that he may be getting a few more starts than Roszival, who has struggled of late and is a -2 in his last five starts.
Marian Hossa’s goal tonight was his 100th goal as a Blackhawk.
The Hawks play their next game in Winnipeg against the Jets on Saturday, November 2nd at 2 p.m.