Here’s the problem with writing Quick Hits ahead of time: they can change quickly. Coach Joel Quenneville uses that phrase all the time, and we didn’t heed it.
Still, what were the odds the Blackhawks would turn a two-period, 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 victory? Live and learn – and wait until the end of the game to write.
Anyway, we’re stalling. Let’s look at the notables from the Blackhawks’ comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
What Worked: The third period. Well, more to the point, the final 10 minutes of it. The Blackhawks played better overall in the third period after admitting to radio and TV that they were too cute for their own good through the first 20 minutes. Better shots, more shots and more traffic led to the desired results for the Blackhawks, who were unstoppable that final 20 minutes.
What Didn’t Work: The Avalanche’s challenge. On first glance it looked like the Avs were going to win their challenge for offside on Jonathan Toews’ first goal and any momentum the Blackhawks did gain from it would be gone. Not so fast. Officials deemed it a good goal, ruling the review “was not conclusive in determining whether Toews tagged up at the instant the puck was on Richard Panik’s stick when Chicago entered the attacking zone prior to the goal.” When a review is inconclusive, officials are, “instructed to confirm their original call.” The Blackhawks had the goal, the momentum and they ran with it.
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Star of the game: Toews. You look to your leaders in situations like this and Toews was outstanding in that final period. His first goal woke the Blackhawks up and his second put it out of reach (5-3 at the time). Toews is now on a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists).
He Said It: “It’s just fun to watch. And then I’m just trying to stay into it, because I didn’t have any shots or chances for eight or nine minutes I’d say there. [The Avs] not going to give up. They’re going to come back and try and do anything they can. You’ve got to stay mentally in it as a goalie because you’ve got to be ready when they come back your way. But it was super impressive to watch.” — Scott Darling on the Blackhawks’ comeback.
By the Numbers:
34 – Time, in seconds, that the Blackhawks scored three goals in the third period (Toews, Richard Panik, Artemi Panarin).
17 – Goals, in his last 20 games, for Patrick Kane. With 79 points, Kane is now tied for third in the league in points with Brad Marchand (79). He trails Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby (80 each).
6 – Consecutive games in which Artemi Panarin has at last a point. He has four goals and four assists in that span.
8-1-0 – Record for Scott Darling since Jan. 1.