After traveling down I-55 to visit their rival St. Louis Blues, the Blackhawks returned home on Friday night to face the Washington Capitals. Coming into tonight's game, the Hawks were riding a seven game winning streak, while the Capitals were looking to find their elite Eastern Conference team status. With a couple teams in the Central Division struggling and the “Circus Trip” looming at the end of next week, its important for the Hawks to pad their point total now.
The first period featured the offense we would expect out of both of these teams. As good as the offense was, the goaltending was even better. The Hawks peppered the Capitals net with 13 shots, but were only able to beat Holtby once via the power play. That however wouldn't be enough for the Hawks enter the intermission with the lead. Jay Beagle tallied two goals in the opening frame to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
As entertaining the first period was, the second was a goddamn bore. Holy shit. Aside from Corey Crawford leaving the game briefly, there was literally nothing to talk about. The Hawks had a power play opportunity with five minutes remaining, but it resembled that of a Jeb Bush Presidential campaign, and couldn't get anything going. After the 40 minute mark, the Hawks still trailed the Capitals 2-1.
The snore fest of a game continued into the third period, as there really wasn't much going on. Throughout the period Holtby made some big saves to preserve the Capitals one goal lead. For Christ's sake, there wasn't even a penalty to talk about. In the closing seconds, Artemi Panarin throw a puck on net, that was deflected by Brooks Orpik, right onto Marian Hossa's stick and he stuffed it in the net to tie the game at two.
In the ever exciting 3 on 3 overtime, through the first two minutes, neither team recorded a shot on net. Talk about thrilling. The lone shot of overtime came off of Marcus Johansson's stick and beat Corey Crawford to give the Capitals the 3-2 overtime win.