For the second night in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves in a shootout. Last night, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but tonight they found themselves on the winning end. After three periods and an overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals were tied 4-4. The teams headed to a shootout and it was Jonathan Toews who scored the winner for the Blackhawks. Tonight`s game marked Toews`first game back from an injury, but the Captain picked up right where he left off.
Here are some key points from the game:
- Brandon Bollig scored for the second game in a row, something that he has been trying to work on. Bollig, who is mostly known as a tough guy, has done a nice job positioning himself in front of the net.
- Forward Jimmy Hayes had another solid game for the Blackhawks. Hayes, who is battling for one of the final roster spots, had one assist and two takeaways. He seemed like he had an extra burst of speed tonight and his energy was contagious amongst his teammates.
- Defensemen Adam Clendening and Dylan Olsen both had an impact from the blue line. Cledening registered an assist, but it was his shots from the point that made him look promising for the Blackhawks' future. Olsen scored one goal and added one assist. On his goal, he showed great patience and awareness as he moved in a few feet instead of rushing a shot.
- Forward Jeremy Morin also found the back of the net on what was a remarkable single effort which saw him go end to end.
- Goaltender Antti Raanta was tested often by the Capitals, but he held his ground. Raanta stopped 26 of 30 shots, as well as all three shootout attempts.
- The Blackhawks once again went scoreless on the power play, going 0-2. This makes them 0-14 throughout the preseason. Although they don`t have their full lineups together, the scoreless drought with the man advantage is a concern heading into the regular season.
Another thing to take note of is forward Brandon Pirri was seen skating this morning. The team did not say when he would return to the lineup, but they are hoping to get him some preseason action.
The Blackhawks`next preseason game is on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. The game is at 4 pm. CT and will be aired on the NHL-Network (US).
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