TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- Lost in the controversy surrounding Martin St. Louis shootout goal in Wednesday’s Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning, was a nice little comeback by the visitors.
Down 3-1, the Hawks, led by their top line, kept to the task at hand.
“We’ll take anything we can get,” Jonathan Toews said. “Its not looking good there in the second. We’re down two goals but we stuck with it. Even missing a couple of guys, everyone stepped it up.”
The missing bodies included Brian Campbell who left after warm-ups, and Dave Bolland ,who took a nasty elbow to the head from Pavel Kubina, in the first period. He never returned. There was no infraction called on the play and Joel Quenneville said Bolland would be re-evaluated on Thursday.
“As a line with Sharp and Kaner we’re happy to get on the board,” Toews said. “It doesn’t matter who is doing the scoring out there.”
After watching replays there is little doubt Bolland took a vicious head shot from Kubina, who was not penalized. The league should be looking at that non-call for further, or in this case, initial punishment.
Campbell is nursing a leg injury, testing it in warm-ups but could not play. He’s day-to-day.
With his two points, Patrick Kane has a seven game point streak. Marian Hossa’s eight game streak was snapped on Wednesday.
Tomas Kopecky’s third period penalty was the first for the Hawks since Marian Hossa took one at 13:40 in the third period against Toronto on Saturday. That’s a span of 110:29 between infractions. It’s the longest streak for the Hawks since 1979 when they went 120:26 without taking a penalty.
Michael Frolik played center for Bolland when he left. He had a team high five shots on net.
Combined with a Detroit Red Wings loss the point the Hawks earned in getting to overtime moved them to within five of the division lead.