Blackhawks win 2nd straight, top Devils in shootout

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

The Blackhawks won 2-1 against the New Jersey Devils in a shootout on Friday. "To be 0-3 was probably untreaded territory for them". "Those are the guys you want to use in situations like this, because you want to be in this place, and they're confident, and that's what it takes to score".

Neither team scored during a cautious and fast-paced third period, though each came close in the final three minutes.

Taylor Hall scored for the Devils, who are 0-2 under interim coach Alain Nasreddine. He made 29 saves.

Jonathan Toews and Nikita Gusev both scored in the first round of the shootout, then Patrick Kane and Jesper Boqvist both did so in the second round. Mackenzie Blackwood made 28 saves, but he was defenseless when Dach roofed his shootout attempt.

"We're looking for it taking a step in the right direction", he said. "We had a few tough games, it seems like it's been pretty streaky the first quarter of the season, but when we're playing well I think we're pretty tough to beat". We played the right way and the second third was okay early but the game went away and the third was 50:50.

Both teams struck for one power-play goal in regulation.

The Devils got three first-period power plays, and on the third chance, they finally cashed in to open the scoring. Hall took a pass from Sami Vatanen in the right circle before snapping a shot over Corey Crawford's right pad and inside the far post at 13:31 of the first period. Nico Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, missed the game with an illness. Blackwood slowed a shot by Kane, but the puck skittered across the crease and to DeBrincat, who backhanded the rebound under the stick of New Jersey defenseman P.K. Subban and into the corner of the net at the 9:35 mark. Blackwood broke out in the first and second periods of Brandon Saad, while Crawford broke off late in the second of Miles Wood.

NOTES: DeBrincat has two goals after scoring 12 without one. The Arizona Coyotes come to the United Center on Sunday night for a battle of two very different teams. The Hawks put defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Andrew Shaw on injured reserve Friday. Their seats on the roster were not immediately occupied.

Dennis Gilbert skated in his second straight game with the Hawks with Olli Maatta (flu-like symptoms) missing both contents on the road trip. With that said, it is impressive that the Blackhawks were able to take four points out of four against a Devils team that has a lot of talent following the best team in the National Hockey League in the Boston Bruins.

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