Hawks Keep Rolling With 4-3 SO Win Over Wild
The magical mits of Patrick Kane provided the insurance tally to Jonathan Toews' game winning shoot out goal in capturing two points for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild last night.
Kane put on a clinic with his dazzling puck dance, sending Niklas Backstrom into a spiral of confusion, as he put away the game-ending goal to give Chicago the 4-3 victory past regulation. Jonathan Toews scored the only other shoot out goal to win it for Chicago.
Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik and Jonathan Toews all scored in regulation, as Chicago won its third game in a row and is now 7-2-1 in its last ten games.
Fans got just what was to be expected from the Western Conference's top two teams as both clubs and their goaltenders played very well throughout the match. Ray Emery, in particular, has been very impressive so far this season, as he improved his overall record with last night's win to a lofty 7-1-2.
Mid-way through the second period, Marian Hossa opened the scoring for Chicago with his power play slam-dunk goal on the doorstep with help from Jonathan Toews' shot down-low. About a minute and a half later, Michael Frolik then put Chicago up 2-0 on his tap-in off of Marcus Kruger's quick cross-crease pass.
But Minnesota was able to answer minutes after that on a patient-man's goal by Kyle Brodziak, followed shortly by a nice drive to the net play from Mark Cullen resulting in a bouncing goal to tie the game at two.
Toews then put the Blackhawks back on top early in the third period with a dominating drive laterally into the slot to wrist a puck easily past Backstrom and making it a 3-2 Chicago lead.
Minnesota then tied the game once again as Chicago was called for a delayed penalty and Mikko Koivu got a nice feed from down-low out in front to make it a 3-3 score.
Both teams had a few chances in overtime to finish the game, but were unable to convert, sending it to a shootout, where Chicago would decisively close out the match.
Chicago employed a much improved defensive game than of late and Ray Emery closed the door on numerous great chances by Minnesota to keep Chicago ahead or at least in the game. Against a strong defensive team in the Wild, the Hawks have a lot to feel good about after this big win.
In the end, this game was a good measuring stick for both Minnesota and Chicago, two of the West's top teams, which resulted in as close a finale as you can get in the regular season. Overall, both clubs had many positives to take away from the final score, despite one team not getting the benefit of two points in the end.
The Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Anaheim Ducks once again on Friday, December 16th at 7:30 pm CT. The game will be televised on CSN-Chicago.