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.
Tomas Plekanec gettin' the party started EARLY in Montreal! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/LxcFN9IX3X
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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.
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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.
41-42 saves including 5 empty power plays speaks for itself. Simply amazing.
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.