Nothing like playing the Columbus Blue Jackets to get your team back on track. There's also nothing like having a guy like Patrick Kane on your second line, who notched an assist and scored the game-winning penalty shot in overtime to give the Hawks (22-2-3) a 2-1 win.
With the assist, Kane tallied his four-hundredth career point after helping in assisting Johnny Oduya with the game's first goal, 16 minutes, 45 seconds into the second period. However, fifty-two seconds later, Jack Johnson drilled a slapper past Corey Crawford to tie things up at one-a-piece.
The score remained tied after regulation, with the Hawks fighting off a penalty due to Viktor Stalberg's interference call with only 1 minute, 32 seconds left to play. The Hawks successfully held off the penalty in the extra stanza, which saw both teams trade thrilling offensive possessions that were defended brilliantly by Crawford and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
In the end, the Hawks scored on two penalty shots by Jonathan Toews and Kane, while Crawford defended nicely against aggressive shooting from Columbus, including a stellar poke-check on Derick Brassard. Crawford stopped 29 of 30 shots that came his way, while the Hawks tallied 40 against Bobrovsky, who was stellar until the shootout.
There's no doubt that recent Rockford call-up Jimmy Hayes will continue to see more ice time with Patrick Sharp still ailing his shoulder, after logging 15 minutes, 50 seconds this evening, while recording one block, two shots on goal and a plus-one on the ice.
The mini-road trip continues for the Hawks, as they next head to Dallas to face the Stars, Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (CST). Coach Quenneville's squad appears to be better rested and over the funk that witnessed 12 goals against in the previous two games. Both teams will come off of games played Thursday evening, as the Stars (12-11-2, eleventh in the West) faced the Anaheim Ducks this evening.
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