Blackhawks Recap and Analysis

DeBrincat Scores First Goal in Blackhawks Win over Canadiens


The rookie that tore up the Ontario Hockey League is now making his mark with the Blackhawks. Watch out, NHL.

Chicago bounced back from a loss against Toronto to defeat Montreal 3-1 in the second leg of the international road trip. After surrendering an early goal, the Hawks rebounded with two scores of their own to put them up in the first period. They never looked back.

1:15 into the game, Thomas Plekanec gathered a bad deflection off the stick of Artem Anisimov and blew it by Corey Crawford.

This might be the first save all year Crawford should have had, but let’s not pretend like Anisimov is the real culprit.

Shortly after, Cody Franson, replacing Connor Murphy, was penalized for tripping. 1:30 into that power play, John Hayden was whistled for high sticking, and the Hawks were faced with a 5-on-3 penalty kill. No matter, as the Red Sweaters staved off the Habs’ extended opportunity.

With two minutes remaining in the first period, Patrick Sharp found DeBrincat in the middle of the ice, and the phenom one-timed it past Carey Price to even the score.

Brandon Saad, not wanting to feel left out, scored 19 seconds later off two beautiful passes from Richard Panik and Jonathan Toews. Although it was an easy goal, Saad continues to dominate.

In the second period, Anisimov scored in similar fashion directly in front of Price. The assists? Franson and, hey, DeBrincat!

A couple of beautiful Corey Crawford saves later, the horn sounded and the Blackhawks had finished the win. Now 3-0-1 on the year, things are looking up in Chicago, especially if Crawford continues to play this way.

Three stars of the game

3. Brandon Saad

Unlike the other goal-scorer Anisimov, Saad committed no penalties and posted a +1 rating.

2. Crow

41-42 saves including 5 empty power plays speaks for itself. Simply amazing.

1. Brinksy

Not sure if I like this nickname, but we’ll go with it. The rookie certainly packs a lot of talent in his small frame, and shined tonight with a goal and an assist.


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