Thieves In The Night: Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) - February 15, 2021

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Thieves In The Night: Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) – February 15, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks started a six-game road trip in Detroit against the Red Wings, kicking things off with a 3-2 overtime win that they didn’t really deserve.

The Blackhawks were out-played pretty much the entire night with the Red Wings finishing with an advantage in shot attempts (56-46), shots on goal (29-24), and high-danger scoring chances (10-7). But a win’s a win, and the Blackhawks are now 5-0-1 when scoring the first goal in a game this season and 3-0-3 in their last six road games.

Carl Söderberg did his best Patrick Kane impression on the game’s first goal in the first period. Söderberg used a slick no-look pass to Mattias Janmark to open the game. Janmark scoring his sixth goal of the season in the 17th game of the year. It took him 62 games last year with the Dallas Stars to reach six goals. That third line of Janmark, Söderberg, and Philipp Kurashev had a pretty effective game with a 61.54 Corsi-For percentage on the night, the best of the four Blackhawks lines.

Brandon Hagel continues to be a gem for the Blackhawks this season.

The rookie seems to have an endless supply of energy on the forecheck and, yet again, created a chance to score on the breakaway for himself. Of course he didn’t score on the play, but he keeps it up and he’ll one day get that first NHL goal. Hagel did add his third assist this season on the 2-0 goal in the first period.

Out-hustling veteran defenseman Jon Merrill on the play, Hagel chipped and chased his way to an offensive chance and Dominik Kubalík finished it off for his fourth goal of the season.

Malcolm Subban got his fourth start of the season for Chicago, all four have come on the road this season. With 27 saves on 29 shots tonight, he moves his record to 2-1-1 this season. He’s solidified himself as the backup to Kevin Lankinen this season and it’s been great to see Subban bounce back from his terrible first start of the season back on opening night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Subban gave up five goals in that opening night game, he’s given up six goals in his three starts since then.

The Blackhawks are making the extra frame their home this season, with a league-leading eighth game going to overtime or the shootout. It looked like they would piddle-away this game in the third period, being out-shot 9-3 by Detroit, but the Blackhawks hold on and get the much needed two points thanks to Kubalík’s overtime winner. The Red Wings are now 0-8-1 when trailing after two periods this season.

Final Thoughts

•   Special teams did not come through for the Blackhawks on the powerplay tonight, going o-for-3 on the man-advantage. But on the other end, the Blackhawks were able to shutdown the Red Wings on both of their powerplay opportunities. So you take the good with the bad, and an overtime win smooths everything over for the night.

•   Blackhawks now lead the NHL in games that end up going to overtime or the shootout. Their record is now 4-4 in extra time, winning their last four overtime games.

•   Stop with the Alex DeBrincat to Pavel Datsyuk comparisons, please. Please stop it.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.