Blackhawks get last laugh in physical OT thriller

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Blackhawks get last laugh in physical OT thriller

Andrew Shaw deflected Johnny Oduya's shot with 2:18 remaining in overtime, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday night.

It was another angst-filled contest between these two, with hits, elbows -- and probably a few curse words -- flying. Daniel Sedin left the game after Duncan Keith elbowed him high, a hit that could lead to supplemental discipline for the Blackhawks defenseman. Keith and Alex Burrows later got 10-minute misconducts as part of a fracas-loaded second period.

Marcus Kruger suffered an upper-body injury at the end of the first period and did not return.

But lost in the shuffle of all the melees and venom was another entertaining game in a series that's had many of them. Roberto Luongo was stellar early and Corey Crawford was the same late.

Jannik Hansen gave the Canucks the lead just 27 seconds into the game. Patrick Kane tied it up early in the second period, knocking home the rebound off Marian Hossa's shot.

In The Loop: The Blackhawks' 9-1 February by the numbers

In The Loop: The Blackhawks' 9-1 February by the numbers

The Blackhawks went 9-1 in February and did so in emphatic fashion.

The Blackhawks outscored their opponents 44-24 in the month and scored four goals or more in each of the nine wins. The only loss came after the team's bye week, a 3-1 loss at home to Edmonton seven days after winning 5-1 in Edmonton.

A big reason for the Blackhawks' recent surge is because of the production of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews scored seven goals and had 11 assists in February and was named the league's second star of the week this week. Patrick Kane had nine goals and seven assists.

Scott Darling went 3-0 in his starts and gave up just four goals in those games. Corey Crawford went 6-1 with a 2.71 goals against average.

Despite the Blackhawks' success in February, the Minnesota Wild still lead the division. The Blackhawks beat the Wild twice in February, but the Wild went 7-2 in the rest of February, including tonight's 5-4 overtime win against the LA Kings to sit three points ahead of the Blackhawks and still with two games in hand.

Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle break down these Blackhawks numbers.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Tracey Myers talks impressive February

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Tracey Myers talks impressive February

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?

They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: