On Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves battling the Minnesota Wild.
In the first period, the Hawks’ had a modest 2-0 lead with goals coming from Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kahun. DeBrincat found the back of the net for the third time this season, while Kahun collected his first career goal. The Hawks’ offense seems to be at mid-season form just a mere four games into the season.
Cam Ward played fairly well in net for most of the game. Although he allowed two goals in the second period, he did his best with the hand that he was dealt. The defense let the Wild create too many shot attempts and seemed to not want to even attempt to block any.
The bright spot on the defense I would like to touch on is Henri Jokiharju. Jokiharju is a 19-year-old out of Finland and was selected 29th overall by The Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL draft. In only four games played in the NHL, Jokiharju already has five assists.
Jonathan Toews was dealing tonight, assisting on both goals that came in the first period. Toews’ hot start is exciting, to say the least. His season stats already include five goals and three assists.
In the third period, Patrick Kane connected with DeBrincat for his second goal of the game to put the Hawks’ up 3-2 with about 18 minutes left. Yes, that is right, that is Alex DeBrincat’s name again. DeBrincat seems like he’s trying to match Toews’ hot start to the season with four goals and three assists of his own. The Hawks’ offense, firing on all cylinders, almost makes me forget about the horrors of last season.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Jason Zucker of the Wild took a backhand shot that found the back of the net to tie the game 3-3. Just when we thought we were going to get out of going to overtime, too. This was the Blackhawks fourth game in a row to go to overtime.
Overtime was as thrilling as ever. The Hawks’ opened up OT on a power play after Mikael Granlund of the Wild got caught holding late in the third period. The power play came and went without much going, which seems to be a trend with the Hawks’. After the power play ran its course, things started to get interesting.
We saw Cam Ward make incredible diving saves, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat creating spectacular opportunities, and a breakaway goal that would end the game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Blackhawks on the breakaway. It was Minnesota’s once again Jason Zucker.
At the end of the day, yes, I am upset that the Hawks’ lost, but as the saying goes, you can’t win them all. To add on, a point is a point and as long as The Blackhawks are going in a positive direction, there really isn’t much to complain about.
Besides the defense.
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