After Vancouver scored two in the final 2:42, Andrew Shaw beat Cory Schneider for the game-winner. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
• It goes down in the books as a record-tying 4-3 win for the Chicago Blackhawks, but this one won’t leave anyone in the mood to celebrate.
This was a 25-minute effort for the Hawks, a pretty miserable way to tie an NHL record originally set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks with points in 16 straight games to start the season.
Chicago played a tentative first period as they tried to adjust to Vancouver’s early passive forecheck, then were back on their heels as the Canucks changed course and began hammering them and hemming them in their own zone.
The Hawks retaliated in the second, playing the kind of all-guts, no-glory style that got them to this point. They outshot Vancouver 16-6 and rang up three unanswered goals, including a pair from first star Marian Hossa.
But the third was the stuff of Joel Quenneville’s nightmares, a fine start that dissolved into bad decisions, lazy penalties and weak plays along the wall leading to a pair of Vancouver goals in the final three minutes to send the game to extra time.
They turned on the jets in OT and eventually put the game in the win column thanks to Andrew Shaw’s shootout clincher, but those two late goals were a sharp reminder that this team can’t afford to play cute.
• Have to believe that Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen will be hearing from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in the morning after this third period incident: