The Blackhawks picked up an important point on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild after trailing 2-0 through two periods of play.
Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta each scored in the comeback to secure at least a point in the opening half of the midweek back-to-back and Corey Crawford stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced in the extra-frame loss.
For much of the opening 40 minutes, it appeared the Blackhawks were on the verge of falling flat with crucial points on the line, but a two-goal comeback in the third to force overtime secured at least half of the share up for grabs on Tuesday night in a time of year when every little point matters.
"I think it's been awhile since we played that poorly. First two periods and overtime I didn't think were very good, but credit to them," Colliton said. "They made it hard on us and I thought they had urgency and desperation to their game that we didn't match in the beginning. I thought Crow stood on his head and gave us a chance.
"I liked that we didn't quit. I thought we had a push in the third and gave ourselves a chance to have some good things happen. We got some pucks to the net and they found their way in. It's a big point in a game where our performance is far from what we need."
Crawford made 31 saves on the night, including 20 in the opening two periods to keep the Chicago hole at 2-0 and allow the visitors to stay within striking distance.
"We just stuck with it," Duncan Keith said after the OT loss. "Corey made some big saves early on and we were able to keep it at two and found a way to get one and tried to carry that into the rest of the third."
"I don't think we played our best tonight," Maatta added. "Obviously, thought they had a little more desperation than we did, especially in the first. I think in the second and the third we played (better) and then came back and that's a huge point."
With the offense flying high coming into Tuesday's game, it was the back end that found the scoresheet twice in the third period to take a point out of the Wild.
Keith found Adam Boqvist at the point early in the final 20 minutes, where the rookie put home his third of the season before Maatta pinched in to collect the rebound of a deflected Erik Gustafsson shot before firing a quick-rising shot on goal for the equalizer.
"We've got to do what we can to press the issue and keep pucks in and create," said Keith, who notched his 499th career assist with the opening helper. "They were coming back hard, so if the D can get up there - we're down by two, right? So we need to find a way to get one."
"Just trying to surprise him, I think that worked," Maatta said of his goal. "Feel like when you get a chance, try to get it on net. I think our forwards are doing a great job screening the goalie and being there, so even if that one didn't go in I think there's going to be a rebound and they would be the first there. That's just the mindset that we have right now."
Chicago heads into the second half of yet another back-to-back - the 11th already on the season - as the Boston Bruins visit the United Center on Wednesday night.
"It depends how we play tomorrow," Colliton said of the feeling taking a point back home. "If we're great tomorrow, then it's a great point, but if we follow it up with another flat performance, then it's just us not playing well in an important time of the year."
The Blackhawks have thrived in the second half of the double feature, posting a 9-1-0 record in the opening 10 despite a 4-4-3 record in the opening games after Tuesday's loss.
"I think we played a good third, just got to make sure we have the same urgency we had there in the beginning tomorrow," Maatta said. "It's a big game again and there's a huge two points (on the line)."
"Every point is crucial," Keith added. "It felt good to get one and we'll try to carry the momentum we had there into the next game and have a good start to the next game knowing that we've been on the road for awhile here and haven't played a home game in a bit. Big game, good team against Boston tomorrow and we're going to need to be ready."