Chicago, IL – The Chicago Blackhawks blew a two-goal lead late in regulation, but won the game in a shootout and matched an NHL record on Tuesday in a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Chicago is now 13-0-3 on the season and have tied the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks' record of consecutive games with recording at least one point to start the season. The team will have a chance to set the record on Friday when it hosts San Jose.
In the third round of the shootout, Andrew Shaw skated in on net with a lot of speed and faked to the backhand before lifting the puck over Cory Schneider. Ryan Kesler had the last chance for Vancouver, but Ray Emery made a glove save on the wrister for the win.
Marian Hossa scored twice while Patrick Sharp also scored a goal for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight since a shootout loss to Anaheim last Tuesday. Ray Emery made 40 saves in the win.
"We need to find a way to tighten things up at the end of the game," said Sharp. "But we found a way to win it in the end, but it would have been better to finish it in 60 minutes."
Hossa, though, left the game early in the third period after a collision with Jannik Hansen in the third period. On the play, Hansen threw a forearm to the back of the head of Hossa, who laid on the ice for a bit before skating off the ice under his own power.
"It was a loose puck and he kind of got to it first," said Hansen. "I think I kind of grazed him on the back of his shoulders and then he goes down. But I don't see what happens after that because the play was still going on."
Last spring, Hossa suffered a major concussion after getting hit by Phoenix forward Raffi Torres during a first-round playoff matchup. Torres received a 25-game suspension, which was reduced to 21 games, while Hossa wasn't cleared for action until early December.
"I saw him after the game and he seemed ok, but we'll know more tomorrow," said Chicago head coach Joel Quennville. "It's a major concern, obviously and we just have to hope that he's ok."
Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa and Alexander Edler each lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have dropped their past three games. Cory Schneider gave up all three goals on 32 shots in the loss.
Vancouver trailed by two with under three minutes to play in the third, but a power-play goal made it a 3-2 game as Edler's big slap shot from the high slot went through a screen with 2:42 to play.
Skating with an extra attacker after pulling Schneider, the Canucks made the gamble pay off after Sedin sent a pass from the far right boards to the left point and Bieksa's slap shot went through a screen to tie the game with 1:01 to play.
After both goalies made saves on breakaways, the Canucks got through first as Sedin's simple backhander from the low right circle on the fly squeezed into the net with 6:26 to play in the first.
A three-goal second period put the Blackhawks on top.
Shortly after a line change, Sharp's slap shot from the top of the left circle went between the pads of Schneider to tie the game at the 6:36 mark.
Chicago then took the lead just over seven minutes later while on the power play as Johnny Oduya's pass from the outside left circle to the inside right circle saw Hossa snap it in for a 2-1 advantage.
It was a 3-1 game with 2:45 to play in the middle stanza as Hossa made a power move from the left of the net to get across to the other side and just stuffed a backhand past the left pad of Schneider for his eighth goal of the season.
Vancouver continues its four-game road trip in Dallas on Thursday ... The Canucks took a 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago at home on Feb. 1 ... Vancouver was 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago was 1-for-5.