March 16, 2017
The Chicago Blackhawks continued their late season surge with yet another road win, this time knocking off the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday night.
The Hawks and Sens combined for 43 shots on goal through the first 40 minutes, but neither could find the back of the net through two evenly matched yet rather boring periods. The action finally picked up in the third period.
Duncan Keith opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the final period. Keith’s one-timer from the top of the right circle was initially stopped by Mike Condon, but the puck eventually snuck in behind him and trickled over the goal line before Nick Schmaltz got his stick on it. Artemi Panarin picked up the loan assist, his 40th, on Keith’s sixth goal of the year.
The goal woke up the Senators as they started applying major pressure on goaltender Scott Darling and the Blackhawks. Brent Seabrook was nailed for tripping moments after Richard Panik failed to clear the zone.
Kyle Turris tied the game, at 11:23, as he blasted a one-timer from the left circle, off an Erik Karlsson feed, through a Bobby Ryan screen and in behind Darling for his team-high 23rd goal of the year.
Panik made up for his earlier mistake by scoring the game winning goal with just over three minutes remaining in the game. While the Blackhawks were on a power play, Patrick Kane took the puck behind the net and passed back out in front to Panik. With Mike Condon caught down too early, Panik shot high and got the puck under the crossbar for his 18th goal of the season. Jonathan Toews was credited with the secondary assist.
The Blackhawks now have a three point lead in the Central Division thanks to the Minnesota Wild’s 3-1 loss at the Carolina Hurricane. The Hawks are back in action on Saturday night at the Toronto Maple Leafs.