Last night, Patrick got to talk about a game that had 11 goals split between the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. Tonight, I got this game. Now don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of NHL games in the history books that finished scoreless through regulation that were full of heart-pounding action.
This was not one of them.
65 minutes of hockey couldn’t find a winner tonight between Chicago and Dallas. In the shootout, it was Stars rookie Jacob Peterson who got the game-winner following a failed shootout attempt from *checks box score* Jake McCabe?! Yes, that actually happened. Chicago loses 1-0 in the shootout and falls to 18-25-8 on the season.
But hey, at least it didn’t drag into the night.
The first period lasted 26 real-time minutes. There were only seven stoppages (two TV timeouts got skipped). Insane. #Blackhawks
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 19, 2022
The Blackhawks and Stars finished regulation splitting 56 shots on goal, but none found the back of the net. It was the first game since December 9, 2016 where the Blackhawks went into an overtime in a 0-0- tie. Give credit where credit is due, Jake Oettinger and Marc-André Fleury both put in impressive performances, with Fleury making a number of huge saves that kept the Blackhawks in the game and the Stars off the board.
— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) February 19, 2022
Fleury came into the game having started 16 of the last 20 games for Chicago, but just a 7-7-2 record in those 16 starts, including going 3-6-1 since January 17. But tonight, making all 29 saves asked of him and a handful of others in the shootout, Fleury put on a show worthy of getting the heck out of Chicago by March 21. I love Fleury as a person and a player. I was really surprised and happy when it was announced that he was coming to Chicago in the summer. But he deserves to play on a team that can give him goal support. He gets his fourth shootout of the season tonight.
The Blackhawks are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they host the Florida Panthers. It will be the third game of a stretch where Chicago plays eight if nine games at home.
Find the full box score here.