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THREE THINGS: Rockin' Robin, Young Guns and Time to Kill

Three takeaways from Chicago's 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Blackhawks needed that one.

Patrick Kane scored 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a morale-boosting 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Sunday at the Honda Center.

The win was the Blackhawks first on the road this season and their second in the last eight games overall.

"We didn't really have the greatest start to the season, obviously," said Kane, who took a feed from Jonathan Toews and buried his fourth goal of the season past Ducks netminder Ryan Miller. "We're trying to hang in there, hang tough and play the way we need to to win hockey games. I thought we did a lot of good things. (There are) some things we can still do better, but … we got three out of four in the California swing (so far) and another big one coming up against San Jose (on Tuesday night)."

Adam Boqvist scored his first career goal and Alex DeBrincat also found the back of the net to provide the offense for goaltender Robin Lehner, who was often spectacular in making 36 saves.

"We definitely needed it," Lehner said of the win. "I thought (the Ducks) came out with a hard push in the third. They got that power-play goal (by Nick Ritchie) and they kept pushing, They're a good team but I felt we fought together to stay in it."

Video: Kane nets OT winner to lift Blackhawks past Ducks

Here are three takeways:


Lehner was sensational, including in the first period when he made several highlight-reel saves, with the biggest a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Ducks center Derek Grant.

When the Ducks put the pressure on in the second half of the game, Lehner stood tall to secure the win and improve to 3-2-2 on the season.

"He's good," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "He's a big body and for such a big body he moves really well so he definitely can make those spectacular ones and just gives our guys confidence. He was big (Sunday)."

Lehner said the win was a shot in the arm to a team that was struggling to find victories.

"One-hundred percent," Lehner said. "We're trying to turn it around, we really are, but it's not really clicking. I thought in periods (Sunday) it was good. Still, we have things to work on. A little bit too many dangerous chances sometimes. We just have to keep trying to get better. There were a lot of things that were good (against the Ducks), too."

Having Lehner in goal the night after Corey Crawford helped the Blackhawks get a point with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings in Los Angeles was how Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman envisioned the Blackhawks goaltending situation heading into the season. Having two netminders capable of being No. 1's is a luxury not many NHL teams have.

"(Lehner) has been really good for us," Colliton said. "He's answered the bell every single time so far, so that's a good confidence boost for the team."

In today's NHL, it is important to have two strong goaltenders and team's are adjusting to that.

"That's the league," Colliton said. "It's not 50-50 on every team but certainly it's not 80-20 anymore."

Video: CHI@ANA: Lehner pushes across for great pad stop


For the second consecutive game, the Blackhawks lineup featured two teenagers in 18-year-old Kirby Dach and 19-year-old Boqvist playing in their eighth and second NHL games, respectively.

Both had strong games against the Ducks, with Boqvist recording his first career NHL goal to open the scoring.

"It's a dream," said Boqvist, who wired a wrist shot past Miller moments after a Blackhawks power play expired. "All of us looked up to scoring our first goal playing in the NHL and now it happened. It's nice to get the first one out of the way."

Video: CHI@ANA: Boqvist scores off iron for first NHL goal

Colliton has been impressed with Boqvist's quick shot in the two games he's played.

"It seems like he can release it at any point," Colliton said. "It's a quick one but he can also hesitate and use the angle. It doesn't need to be a one-timer for him. He has that in his arsenal but he can just kind of zing it in there and I think it's difficult for goaltenders."

Colliton said he has to balance needing to win hockey games with helping in the continued development of the team's top two young talents.

"Ultimately, we need to have success to stay close to the pack and give our team room to continue to improve," Colliton said. "But we think they can be a big part of it (and) they can be a big part of helping us win. We want to expose them to just the right amount so they can gain confidence and I think they'll get better and better as the year goes on. That's the idea."

Colliton also knows that the team will have to deal with mistakes that come with inexperienced players on the ice.

"There are going to be (mistakes)," Colliton said. "Hopefully, the guys around them can protect them also. That's part of the balance you want to have on your team. I think they've provided energy and they've made plays. They don't look scared out there-that's important. When they do make mistakes, we like to have the other guys insulate them a little bit."

Video: Boqvist on first career goal


The penalty kill continued to shine for the Blackhawks as they stymied three of the four Ducks power plays. Ritchie's third-period score with a man advantage halted a streak of 15 consecutive successful kills for the Blackhawks that spanned nearly four games.

"It's looked good right from the beginning," Colliton said of the kill. "Early on, some pucks were going in the net but we always felt that it looked way better, much more under control (with) a lot of little things that make up a good penalty kill, whether it's the clears or … the sorting, blocking shots (and) obviously goaltending has been a factor. We've got a lot of those ingredients, so that's one area of our game that we like."

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