A 4-3 overtime win for the Chicago Blackhawks last night against the Edmonton Oilers snapped a three game skid for the Hawks. Although they were able to pull out the victory, they looked sloppy for most of the game.
The big story of the night was Hawks goaltender Jeff Glass, who at age 32, got his first career NHL start. He looked more like a savvy veteran than he did a first timer. For most of the game, he was making save after save and really keeping the Hawks in the game. In the first period alone, Glass made 19 saves against the Oilers, stopping three separate breakaway chances. Throughout the night, Glass stopped 42 out of 45 shots.
Coach Joel Quenneville made a few more lineup changes last night, with Gustav Forsling and Jan Rutta taken out of the lineup. They were replaced by Michal Kempny and Cody Franson, who was taken off IR for the game. Artem Anisimov, who was placed on IR after leaving Thursday night’s game, was replaced by Vinnie Hinostroza. The lineup changes didn’t provide much of a spark for the Hawks, however, they still came away with a win.
Inaccurate passing, turnovers and a lack of urgency almost cost the Hawks the game. The Oilers forced OT after scoring two goals to tie the game late in the third. The Hawks could have put the game early, but they continually allowed the Oilers to get back in it. Goals from Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied it up late and forced OT.
Overall, the Hawks walked away with a victory, beating the Oilers 4-3 on a great Patrick Kane goal. He was able to deke past an Oiler defender and then made goaltender Cam Talbot look silly, putting it past him for the OT victory.
The Hawks improved to four games above .500, sitting at 18-14-5. The next game for the Hawks is on Sunday, December 31 at 8 pm against the Calgary Flames.