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Old Friends Help Hurricanes Take Down Blackhawks

It’s always nice when the Chicago Blackhawks face a team filled with a bunch of their ex-players. I like it better when they win those games, however. Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Scott Darling, and Klas Dahlbeck all played significant parts in Chicago.

Van Riemsdyk played three years with the Blackhawks and tallied  eight goals and 23 assists during his stint in Chi-town. He was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 Expansion Draft and was eventually traded to the Hurricanes. This season he has one goal and 10 assists.

Scott Darling was a fan favorite in Chicago as a Lemont native, making it hard when he was traded to Carolina for a third-round pick. In his three years with Chicago, he averaged a .925 save percentage and a 2.30 goals allowed average. In fact, in the 2014-15 season, Darling had an SV% of .936 and GAA of 1.94. This season with the Hurricanes, he has been less successful, posting a GAA of 3.09 and SV% of .889.

Teuvo Teravainen has been by far the most successful out of these three. In his last two seasons with the Hurricanes, Teravainen has scored 94 points (34 G, 60 A). Keep in mind he is 23 years old. Just 23. Carolina really struck gold with this trade.

Teravainen said “It’s always been a process with me, and it takes a little time. But this is another year and I’m taking another step further. We’ll see how far it goes…It’s a little different, of course. Here, you don’t have to play behind Kane and Toews and those guys, so you get a little bit more of a chance to be out there and do your thing.”

In a season like this where the Blackhawks are really missing quality young players with a bright future in front of them, it feels even worse to let players like Teuvo Teravainen go. In the salary cap era of the NHL, winning championships comes with a cost though. Let’s get into the game.

The Hawks once again started the scoring Tomas Jurco redirected a Brent Seabrook slap shot for his third goal of the season. And today being no different, the ‘Hawks continued their trend of scoring first and choking their early lead away. 

Then, four minutes later Jaccob Slavin fired a slapshot that beat J.F. Berube, tying the game at one apiece. For a second, it looked like the Hawks were lost, playing extremely slow and lifelessly. Their defense allowed too many shots on Berube (40 in the game) and their offense was inconsistent on the other side of the puck.

Then, with approximately four minutes left in the opening frame, Patrick Sharp stuffed in in a goal after the puck found his stick following a scramble in front of the net. The Hawks regained their lead, but it was the last goal they scored today.

The Hurricanes, scored the final two goals of the game (one in each period) and won the game 3-2. What made the loss even worse was that Teravainen had the primary assist on Sebastian Aho‘s game-winning goal in the third period.

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