Hawks power past Stars 5-4 in overtime

The Hawks came into this game looking to rebound from their Winter Classic loss in Washington and rebound in a big way they did against a hot Dallas Stars team.  The Stars came into the game on a hot streak of winning eight of their last nine games and looking to surge towards a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The game also saw Teuvo Teravainen make his 2014/2015 debut rounding out the Hawks roster with Kris Versteeg out due to injury. Teravainen started on a line with Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom, however he played on multiple lines and a power play too. Play your game and have patience, this is the NHL and it takes time.

Corey Crawford was in nets for the Blackhawks and Kari Lehtonen was manning the Dallas Stars pipes. Neither goaltender had a great night but it was Crawford who was left standing. 

It was also not one of the better nights for either team’s defense but that was also due to the speed and skill of both of the team’s forwards. Maybe the Hawks want to work on their resiliency before the playoffs as lately that is what has been needed to skate away with wins. 

Once again it took a come from behind effort from the Blackhawks, who never led in this game until the overtime winner.  The scoring got started in the first period on a broken play with Jamie Benn scoring and Tyler Seguin getting the helper.

The Hawks didn’t stay behind long when almost a replay goal from the Winter Classic saw a beauty of a pass from Jonathan Toews to Brandon Saad with a gapping net waiting for him to tap the puck in to tie the score at one goal apiece which is how the first period ended.

The second period was a literal shoot out, seeing both teams giving up odd man rush and a break neck speed leading to a lot of transition goals. Dallas converted on two of these odd man rushes with goals by Jordie Benn and Erik Cole.

The Hawks not to be out done got one themselves off of an odd man rush two on one with a Patrick Sharp dishing to Patrick Kane who completed the rush with a Hawks goal. The other Hawks goal came on the power play when Bryan Bickell redirected a Brad Richards blast past Lehtonen to tie the game at three goals for each team heading into the third period.

The third period saw the Hawks again falling behind on another redirect from Erik Cole to put the Stars up 4-3 but once again in this sea saw battle Brad Richards tied it on a bad angle shot that got past Lehtonen from the near boards.

Overtime was just as crazy as regulation but it was the Hawks that finally took the lead when it counted the most. On a gorgeous Duncan Keith slap pass to Patrick Sharp which just squeezed through the Dallas goalie the Hawks battled to get the second point which is huge as they are now tied with Nashville Predators in point but Nashville has a game in hand.

The Hawks may like these come from behind games, which are exciting, but the fans are losing fingernails, hair and maybe increasing spirited beverage consumption. 

Whatever works though I’m sure is just fine and the Blackhawks must be doing something right five Hawks are going to the All Star game as voted in by the fans. Congratulations to Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford. Represent Chicago well boys.

The Hawks next face the Colorado Avalanche which should be interesting as there was some testiness at the end of the last Hawks/Avs game. It will be amusing to see if there is any leftover bad blood between the teams.

Three Stars of the game:

1.    P. Sharp

2.    E. Cole

3.    B. Richards

Next game Tuesday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. CDT vs the Colorado Avalanche watch on CSN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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