The shootout winner was much better than the special on him before the game.
Patrick Kane put on some dizzying extra moves than he let on to Peggy in the Discover commercial, leaving Niklas Backstrom helpless to make it a quick, two-round shootout win after Jonathan Toews led it off with his usual "five-hole" thing.
Ray Emery did his part with stops on Matt Cullen and Dany Heatley, who I'm guessing was trying to pull the same move Kane did a moment later, albeit with much less success. Emery deserved this one, coming up with big saves after essentially being given the first period off, when the Wild didn't manage a single shot until three minutes remained and had just one other.
In this fifth game in their last six that went to extra time (something to keep an eye on with tie-breakers at the end of the year), Patrick Sharp did have one decent opportunity in the OT, but would not hit the overtime trifecta. This was an entertaining back-and-forth between the top two teams in the West, with the Hawks breaking out to a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first.
But the Wild rallied back to even it before the second was over. The captains exchanged goals in the 3rd, first Jonathan Toews, then Mikko Koivu. Toews reached 300 points for his career by assisting on the game's first goal, on the power play by Marian Hossa. The penalty kill went 2-for-2 but faced a third PK when Koivu scored on a delayed call.
The Hawks did get some encouraging play from the 3rd and 4th lines that have been quiet offensively of late. Dave Bolland's line had some dominant shifts the first half of the game, though he, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Brunette were on the ice for two Wild goals.
Michael Frolik's goal was just is fourth point in his last 18 games. With Brunette and Marcus Kruger scoring Sunday against San Jose, those are positive signs for offensive balance. They'll try to keep it going Friday at the United Center against the Ducks on Comcast SportsNet.
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:
Artemi Panarin is bringing home some more hardware after his stellar rookie campaign with the Blackhawks.
The 24-year-old winger was named the 2015-16 Kharlamov Trophy winner, given annually to the best Russian hockey player in the Kontinental Hockey League and National Hockey League. Panarin led the way with 15 first-place votes and 43 total.
Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin came in second followed by Metallurg's Sergei Mozyakin, Washington's Alex Ovechkin (a seven-time winner of the award) and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.
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Panarin ranked first among all NHL rookies in multiple categories last season, including goals (30), assists (47), points (77) and game-winning goals (7) in 80 regular-season games, which earned him the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
He was presented the award over the weekend:
The award is voted on by the committee of the Russian Hall of Fame, Russian hockey legends/veterans, a group of KHL general managers, members of the media and past winners.
Check out the full voting results here.