Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mr. OT, Toews, Gives Blackhawks 5-4 OT Win In Arizona

The second stop of a three game road trip found the Chicago Blackhawks in Glendale, AZ tonight to take on the Arizona Coyotes.  The Blackhawks got their captain, Jonathan Toews back for the game.

It took the Blackhawks nearly 12 minutes to get their first shot on goal.  Then, Marian Hossa had scored a goal, only to have it denied for a very questionable goaltender interference call.  Klas Dahlbeck pushed Hossa into Coyotoes goalie, Louis Domingue.  Coach Joel Quenneville was so livid, he earned a misconduct penalty for 'expressing his thoughts' after the disallowed goal.  Then, on that power play, Arizona's Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores and puts the Coyotes up, 1-0.  What wasn't called on that play, was that Arizona's Mikkel Boedker pitchforks Hossa that gave Arizona the odd man rush that led to the go ahead goal.  A blown call, and an Coyotes lead after 1 period.

Odds were that the Blackhawks were going to come out flying in the 2nd.  It would have been a good bet.  Marian Hossa scored again, this time it counted, to tie the game at 1 with a power move to the net that beat Domingue.  The Hawks would then have to kill a PK, but while doing so, 1:07 after their last goal, Hossa's cross-ice, backhand pass to Toews, found its way to the back of the net to give the Hawks the lead, 2-1.  Andrew Shaw then took a stupid penalty which negated a power play.  Arizona would score on their power play as Boedker snapped one past Crawford.  Nine seconds, yes, nine seconds later, the Coyotes strike again as Jordan Martinook finds a rebound and pokes it in the net to give the Coyotes, a 3-2 lead.  Patrick Kane decided enough was enough, as he received a beautiful pass from Artemi Panarin, and slipped it through Domingue to tie the game at 3.  The crazy period would end, tied at 3.

The Blackhawks came out flying in the 3rd and during some 4-on-4, Michal Rozsival tipped in a beautiful pass from Artem Anisimov to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead.  With 8:30 remaining in regulation, Shane Doan with wraparound crawled up the stick of Crawford and into the net and tied the game at 4.  

The game would head to overtime where Mr. Overtime, Jonathan Toews blistered a wrist shot from the slot for the game-winner with :29 remaining.

Notable Mentions: Jonathan Toews now has 8 game-winning goals this year, 5 in OT.  Michal Rozsival's goal was his first in 14 months.  Marian Hossa's goal was his 495th of his career.  Patrick Kane's 31st goal was a new career high in the regular season.  Artemi Panarin's 3 assists tonight now give him 50 points on the year (18G 32A).

Three Stars Of The Game
1ST - ARI - Oliver Ekman-Larsson ~ (1G 2A), -3, 6 shots
2ND - CHI - Jonathan Toews ~ 2G, +3, 4 shots

3RD - ARI - Shane Doan ~ 1G, +1, 3 shots

Next Game: Saturday, February 6th, Away Vs. Dallas Stars, 7PM CT

Previous meeting between the Stars and Blackhawks: 
December 22nd, Blackhawks - 0 At Stars - 4


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