Patrick Kane saw just enough of Marian Hossa out of the corner of his eye. That apparently was all he needed to see. A quick behind-the-back pass to an open Hossa, shot, score, and the Blackhawks kept their great start intact.
Hossa had the power-play game-winner 1:41 into overtime, and Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews also scored power-play goals in the Blackhawks' 3-2 victory on Thursday night. The Blackhawks, down 2-0 early, came back to improve to 4-0-0, their best start in 40 years.
Kane, who has been strong to start the season, chose pass over shot.
"(Hossa) made a nice pass in the slot and I wanted to fake the defenseman; I was going to try to get a shot myself," Kane said. "But he ended up just staying there. I saw (Hossa) out of the corner of my eye and it worked out."
Said Hossa, "this was our first really big test, coming from behind, and we didn't quit. It was huge."
Yes it was definitely a test, and Kari Lehtonen was the man making life so difficult for the Blackhawks. The Stars goaltender was tremendous on Thursday, stymieing the Blackhawks and most of their 41 shots. But instead of getting frustrated, the Blackhawks just kept playing. And shooting.
"It was almost fun to watch how good he was playing. I know it's scary to say," Kane said. "He was just making acrobatic save after acrobatic save."
Hossa the hero again as Blackhawks beat Stars
CSN Chicago | Jan 25