Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

Martin Havlat is a Golden God.

A minute and a half into the overtime period and the ‘Hawks looking absolutely petrified to lose, Martin Havlat picked up a loose puck at the far blue line.  With the four Ducks on the ice on an extended shift, Havlat blew right past Corey Perry, drew a penalty, decided to just end the game there and then, and beat Jean Sebastian-Giguere to the far post.  Game over.  It was about as good of an individual effort as you’ll see the rest of this season.

Amazingly, that was the ‘Hawks first home overtime win of the season.  They lost their previous six tries in sudden death or a shootout. 

The ‘Hawks wasted no time jumping all over the Ducks.  Troy Brouwer notched his 9th goal of the season just over a minute into the game when banged home a Matt Walker rebound off a face-off.  Ten minutes later, Duncan Keith made a last gasp attempt to stop an odd man rush.  He intercepted the Ducks’ pass and head-manned the puck to Andrew Ladd who came down with Havlat on a 2-on-1.  Ladd sent the puck over to Havlat; Havlat waited for Dave Bolland to catch the play and sent a pass over to him.  Bolland sent the puck back to Havlat who in turn fed Ladd staring at an empty net.  2-0 ‘Hawks.

Just five minutes into the second frame, the Ducks came roaring back with two quick goals and what looked like an easy home win became a battle for two points.  Drew Miller scored his first goal in almost two years when Corey Perry beat Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith on an icing.  Cristobal Huet came out to try and take the puck away but Perry came out of the corner with it and fed it to a streaking Miller.  Two minutes later, Bobby Ryan buried a backhander on a scramble in front of the net.  Huet got caught up in the net and couldn’t get untangled in time. 

The third period saw the ‘Hawks double the Ducks shot output 10-5 but it was hardly one-sided action.  Anaheim had plenty of chances to take the lead including Brendan Morrison drilling the post from about 20 feet out when he beat Huet clean over his blocker.  The ‘Hawks saw their best chance get denied when Toews found Keith barreling down the slot but Giguere kicked out his leg to deny the re-direction.

The clamoring to re-sign Havlat will grow louder with each game from here on out.  If it’s the right or wrong thing to do is a debate for another day.  After two years of injuries and frustration, we are finally seeing the Martin Havlat Dale Tallon envisioned he was getting when he acquired him and Bryan Smolinski from Ottawa.  With a current 9 game point streak, Havlat is playing some of the best hockey in the entire league.  Just enjoy him.  Don’t worry about where he’ll be next year because right now, he belongs to you and it might not get any better than this.

With just a few hours left until the trade deadline is mercifully over, stay tuned to the Fifth Feather as we will provide updates on most of the bigger trades going down especially anything that happens with the beloved.  My prediction for tomorrow is Dominic Moore will be the newest Blackhawk and we may be saying goodbye to at least one guy on the current roster (Wiz is my guess).  Only time will tell.

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