Quenneville earns 500th career win
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
Joel Quenneville joined an elite club on Tuesday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks
coach became the 14th man in NHL history to reach the 500-win plateau when Brent Seabrook
beat Steve Mason
in the 11th round of the shootout to give Quenneville's club a 4-3 shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets
at the United Center.
''I've been in a lot of great places. I've been fortunate, worked with good teams and great players,'' Quenneville said.
Special teams played a huge role in Chicago's win. Jonathan Toews
and Patrick Sharp
both converted on the power play, while Kris Versteeg scored shorthanded. Columbus went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
Versteeg's shorthanded tally broke a scoreless tie 13:58 into the game. With Troy Brouwer in the box for interference, Versteeg took a pass from John Madden and beat Mason glove side for his eighth goal of the season.
The Blue Jackets responded with a pair of goals less just over six minutes apart in the second period. Antoine Vermette
got Columbus on the board with his eighth goal of the season at 8:09 before former Blackhawks forward Samuel Pahlsson
fired a shot from the left circle past Cristobal Huet
(20 saves) at 14:15.
"They came hard and they played a pretty good game," Huet said. "I think we're fortunate that we found a way in the shootout."
Sharp tied the game via the power play with 2:23 left in the second. After Anton Stralman was whistled for interference, Sharp took a cross ice feed from Patrick Kane
near the crease and poked it past Mason to make it 2-2.
put Columbus back in front just 40 seconds into the third period, as his rocket from the top of the left circle beat Huet for his second goal of the season. But Chicago tied it again when Toews scored on the power play when he redirected Duncan Keith
's blast past Mason at 4:43.
, who appeared in his first game with the Blackhawks at the United Center, scored in the second round of the shootout. Jakub Voracek quickly tied it, but it would be the last goal in the competition until Seabrook scored eight rounds later to seal the victory for the first-place Blackhawks.
''For a defenseman, you get out at center ice and it's definitely a different feeling,'' said Seabrook, who also has two game-winning goals in overtime this season. ''Huet kept us in and made some big saves. ... Tonight was pretty cool.''
''You're just hoping your guys score. Then you just try to do your job in order to make the next save,'' said Mason, who fell to 0-5 in shootouts this season. ''After that, you're just hoping that the next one goes in, but obviously give Huet some credit. He made that one last stop that he needed.''
Quenneville, 51, has compiled a .601 regular-season winning percentage (500-311-132) over parts of 13 years, which also includes stops with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) and the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08). He has notched a 62-28-14 regular-season record with the Blackhawks over the last two seasons after replacing Denis Savard on Oct. 16, 2008.
His 500 regular-season wins are sixth-best among active coaches and tied for 13th overall.
"I think that's the deepest I've gone in a shootout, and I'm soaked from it," Quenneville said. "I've had some good coaches and some good people to work around. I feel fortunate to be a part of this team. It's a fun situation to be in."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.