Blackhawks finding ways to pick up points even when they’re not at their best

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The Blackhawks probably didn’t deserve a win on Monday. They registered only eight shots on goal through the first 29 minutes and three shots in the third period against a Detroit Red Wings team that’s given up the fourth-most goals this season.

But the Blackhawks picked up two points anyway and they’re not going to apologize for it.

“Well, we still won,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said following a 3-2 overtime win. “Not our best effort. Not one we’re going to frame, but we did get two points and they can’t take ’em from us. Now the challenge is to make sure we’re much better on Wednesday.”

Here’s the thing about this Chicago team that’s been different than the past couple of seasons: Even when they’re not at their best, the Blackhawks are finding ways to accumulate points.

They’ve now recorded at least one point in 12 of their last 14 games after dropping three straight games in regulation.

Some of them have been pretty. Some of them have been ugly. Monday’s wasn’t pretty, but the message on the bench was to grind it out and worry about what they could do better after the game.

“Sometimes games are like that,” said Dominik Kubalik, who scored twice, including the overtime winner, against Detroit. We had some good stretches, some bad stretches, too, obviously. I think we stuck with it and we found a way.”

On many nights, the goaltending is what has kept the Blackhawks in games. On other nights, it’s the power play. It doesn’t matter who or what, the Blackhawks just need someone or something to step up and that’s what’s been happening so far.

With Monday’s win, the Blackhawks have now won five of their last six games. Including four in overtime after starting the season 0-4 in extra time. And, don’t look now, but they also moved into the No. 4 seed in the Central Division based on points and points percentage.

“I feel like every game we’re in, it’s almost a tie game sometime in the third,” said Mattias Janmark, who matched his goal total from last season in 45 fewer games.” 

“That’s a good thing that we’re in all the games. We’re starting to come out on the right side of it UFA.”

“Earlier in the year, we lost these OT games, so it’s big points for us. Obviously, we can play better, but I think the good thing is we’re in every game at some point.”

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