How it happened: Talk about a wild finish. The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 after two second-period Avalanche goals that originated behind the Hawks net, but climbed back into the game. Marian Hossa looked like he had the game-winning goal on a Duncan Keith tip late in the third period, but Gabriel Landeskog tied it with 90 seconds remaining with his second goal of the game. Jonathan Toews scored a get-back-in-the-game power-play goal late in the middle period and Nick Leddy's huge rush up the ice, which began with him going behind the Hawks net, started the sequence which tied it in the third. Jamal Mayers finished the scoring play as his shot was rebounded into the Avs goal by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne. Michael Frolik also scored after an errant pass found him in the middle of the slot.
What it means: The Hawks haven’t looked good in two shootouts this year and Joel Quenneville elected to try Viktor Stalberg, who went 3-for-3 in a recent practice. The Hawks went 0-for-3 as he, Patrick Kane and Toews all missed. The home team didn’t play its best for the entire game, but turned it on when they needed to. Toews’ goal late in the second energized them and led to an intense third period. Some sloppy play in front of the Hawks net came back to haunt them and several Avs goals originated from behind the Hawks goal as well. The visitors controlled play for most of the first 40 minutes. Keith got two shots through from the point which led to tallies, but he and Leddy were on the ice when Landeskog was found wide open for the late, tying goal.
What’s next: The Hawks will take Sunday off before practicing Monday and Tuesday in advance of hosting the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.