“It would be fun to open up a game wide open one of these days and not have to fight for one late in the third or in overtime, but we know that will come,” captain Jonathan Toews said after the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 win over Anaheim.
The Hawks must have been the only ones in the United Center who weren't thinking, ‘here we go again,’ when the Ducks tied the game 2-2 with a Corey Perry goal in the third period. Too many times already this season they’ve given up third-period leads only to see them get little or nothing out of the game. But on Sunday, their fortunes changed because there was no letdown after the Perry goal.
“There definitely wasn’t [Sunday] tonight,” Toews said. “We said it on the bench right away, ‘don’t worry about.’ When we have all four lines rolling like that we are a tougher team to beat.”
Joel Quenneville admitted some of those thoughts crossed his mind.
“[Blowing leads has] been a comparable theme but at the same time I still think we stuck with it,” he said. “It was a good test for us. The last ten minutes of a tie game at home.”
The Hawks confidence grew out of a decided advantage in puck possession and scoring chances. Joel Quenneville changed his lines after showing a different look in warm-ups, and it worked.
“We tried different lines for a certain amount of time but I really liked the rotation tonight,” Quenneville said. “It was a good night for all the lines.”
Led by the return of Patrick Kane to right wing to play alongside Toews and Stalberg, the lines had a more “normal” look than the previous couple games and it paid off.
Power up: The Hawks' power play woke up after a three-game slumber. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa scored the first two goals with the man advantage.
Faceoffs: Jonathan Toews continued his season long dominance winning 67 percent of his faceoffs but Dave Bolland struggled again. He won just seven of 24 in he circle, good for only 29 percent.