Another 3-2 game. For the second time in six days, it went to the Red Wings, in overtime.
Todd Bertuzzi swatted a rebound in after Corey Crawford made a high initial stop for his second goal of the game to give Detroit the extra point with 38 seconds left in the extra session. The Hawks didn't get a single shot off in an overtime dominated by the Wings, just as they did the first, when they outshot the Hawks 21-4. The Hawks came on in the second to cut it to 2-1, then absolutely dominated the third, but didn't tie it until 52 seconds remained with an extra attacker following a timeout. Jonahan Toews won a draw to Duncan Keith, who then swung the puck over to Marian Hossa, whose shot from the point deflected off the skate of Nicklas Lidstrom.
Both Jimmy Howard and Crawford were outstanding. It's unfortunate that as angry as the Hawks were about some of the Wings' tactics and non-calls in last Sunday's finish, they came out and were dominated. Yes, they turned the tables late and got the extra point to remain ahead of the Wings in the Central, but they were fortunate to escape the first down just 2-0, and a stronger start leads one to wonder if they could've gotten that second point instead.
They'll try to regroup and bounce back Sunday night back home against a San Jose team that's been playing much better since their last trip in here last month, when the Hawks again needed to rally late to force overtime, before winning in the extra session.
Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Ville Pokka were added to Team Sweden and Team Finland, respectively, as team rosters were completed for the World Cup of Hockey on Friday.
Christian Ehrhoff, who was traded to the Blackhawks during the season, was added to Team Europe.
Nine Blackhawks were already chosen for their respective country’s teams back in March: Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith (Team Canada), Patrick Kane (USA), Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Teuvo Teravainen (Finland), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden) and Marian Hossa (Team Europe).
Michal Kempny, a defenseman the Blackhawks signed earlier this week, was also named to Team Czech Republic in March.
The World Cup of Hockey will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that young hockey players are patterning their games off Patrick Kane.
But the next generation of scorers are modeling their post-goal celebrations after the Blackhawks star, too.
Check out this video of a kid in a youth hockey game mimicking Kane's celebration from this year's playoffs, when he scored the double-overtime winner in Game 5 of the Blackhawks' series against the Blues.
Not bad, kid!
Kane recognized the kid's celly game, tweeting the video out to his followers Friday afternoon.
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year deals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Kempny had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL) last season. He had two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship.
Johansson, 28, spent the last three seasons with Frolunda HC (Swedish Hockey League). He was 56-27-0 over those three seasons. Last season, he had a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average and a 27-6-0 record.
The 25-year-old Lundberg had 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK (Swedish Hockey League). He also had two goals in eight games with Sweden in the World Championship.