A goal-line stand by Jocelyn Thibault and a pair of goals by Eric Daze made the Blackhawks' highlight films Sunday night when they escaped with a 2-2 overtime tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the United Center.
Thibault made the game-saving stop on a breakaway shot by Geoff Sanderson with 1 minute 40 seconds remaining in the sudden-death session. It was by far the most difficult of his 21 saves.
"You couldn't have a better guy on our team to have that breakaway in that situation," said Columbus coach Dave King.
Thibault believed Sanderson hurried the shot because he heard Tony Amonte coming from behind.
"Making a save on a guy like that is a big confidence-builder," Thibault said.
Daze made the difference on the other end. Shooting from the left circle with 79 seconds elapsed in the third period, he pounded the puck past Columbus goaltender Marc Denis to deadlock the score 2-2.
"It was a tough point," said coach Brian Sutter. "We persevered, plain and simple.
"I watched this hockey club last year [on television]. Last year we probably would have lost this game. We played four games in the last six nights and all of them were either one-goal games or the score was tied going into the final minute.
"We're learning to play in these kind of situations."
Just as in Friday's 6-4 loss in Minnesota, the Hawks outplayed their opponents in five-on-five situations in the first two periods but fell behind because they were penalty prone.
Columbus parlayed a Steve Thomas goaltender interference penalty into a power-play goal by Grant Marshall that opened the scoring late in the first period. The Hawks answered with Daze's goal 50 seconds before the first intermission.
The Blue Jackets reclaimed the lead in the second period on Tyler Wright's power-play rebound shot.
The Hawks' power play continued to be ineffective. They failed on all five of their chances, making them 2-for-29 for the season.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun