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.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.
The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new head coach, and Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen is reportedly a "major candidate" to land the job, according to Mike Chambers and Terry Frei of The Denver Post.
Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.
He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.
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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.
Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.
The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.
Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.
Patrick Sharp is back in Chicago, and spent Saturday evening at Wrigley Field taking in the Pearl Jam concert, one of his favorite bands.
The former Blackhawks forward happened to bump into another fan-favorite athlete Chicago is well familiar with: Paul Konerko of the White Sox.
Together, the two of them have helped bring four championships to the city.
Sharp couldn't resist tweeting the photo Saturday night to document the moment: