The Hawks celebrated their longtime defenseman’s retirement Friday with a win over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
With newly retired Brent Seabrook watching from a suite above the ice and at the forefront of all his former teammates’ minds, the Blackhawks rallied for a 4-3 shootout win Friday over the Lightning.
A sequence of huge saves by Malcolm Subban in overtime and an upper-shelf snipe by Philipp Kurashev in the shootout’s third round gave the Hawks their long-awaited first victory this season over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Hawks started sluggishly, with the memory of Thursday’s last-second overtime loss perhaps haunting them. They conceded a goal less than three minutes in on a loosely defended play and gave the Lightning six of the first seven shots on goal.
But fittingly, a tribute video to Seabrook at the first commercial break — prompting a standing ovation from both teams’ benches — seemed to inject more energy into the hosts.
“I don’t think [Seabrook] left anything on the table there,” coach Jeremy Colliton had said earlier Thursday. “I’m not sure he has anything left to prove, either. He’s won everything there is to win as a team. Individually, he’s been a huge contributor to that team success.”
Alex DeBrincat brought the Hawks back from 2-0 down by scoring twice — on a power play late in the first period, then shortly after a penalty kill in the second, with Patrick Kane assisting on both. The resurgent 23-year-old forward moved into a tie for second in the NHL with 14 goals this season.
Alex Killorn and Dominik Kubalik traded rebound goals early in the third period, sending the Hawks to their 11th overtime in 25 games.
Both team’s starters enjoyed the night off in the middle game of the three-game series, with backups Subban and Curtis McElhinney dueling instead.
The former struggled with rebound control during regulation but came up huge repeatedly in overtime, stopping several Tampa two-on-one rushes before helping kill off a Bolts power play in order to get to the shootout.