Chicago Blackhawks: Views from the (Original) 6
It was a night of 6's in the Windy City. An Original Six match-up that ended the New York Rangers six-game winning streak and a score that ended the game at six to three. Wednesday's night win at the United Center was a win the Blackhawks needed to regain the momentum they seemed to have lost after the first few games into the 2017-18 season.
A trend the Blackhawks seem to be continuing is a first period that remains scoreless from their end then trying to play a game of catch-up during the second and third periods. Again on Wednesday night, the first period was yet without a goal scored. The only goal scored was by Rangers center Mika Zibanejad. The New York Rangers held the lead going into the second 1-0.
The Hawk's luck tipped just at the right time in the second period when red-hot Alex DeBrincat scored his fourth goal in three games and the first goal of the night for the Blackhawks. The scored was tied 1-1 heading into the third.
An Arty Party was under way when Blackhawk Artem Anisimov scored his first goal of the night at 1:07 in the third off of a wrist shot. With Anisimov, Kane, and Schmaltz on the ice, the Blackhawks got an extra zap of lightning to allow them continue their dominance in the third period. Right winger John Hayden scored not even a minute after Anisimov, falling over in the process of scoring off of Cody Franson.
Anisimov's night was not finished yet. He came around again at 5:14 and scored his eighth goal of the season, now leading the team in total goals scored. The Rangers then responded to their urgency call and delivered back-to-back goals at 7:03 and 11:56 by Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash. Then, on a breakaway, Anisimov delivered his hat trick and scored his third goal of the night off of a tip-in with the help from Schmaltz. Center and captain Jonathan Toews, added the icing on the cake for the night and scored the last goal making the final score six to three.
For the Blackhawks, this game was a much needed confidence booster. For Anisimov, this game meant so much more. He commented on playing against his former team and how much it meant to him, "It means more," Anisimov said. "When you go against your former team you want to play twice as hard and you want to score, obviously. I scored three, so I'm happy."
And happy does not even begin to explain how both the fans and players of the Chicago Blackhawks feel after tonight's win.
The Blackhawks finally get to breathe deeply as they begin to shift their focus back to dominance mode. It has been a few rough weeks for the Chicago team, but if there is one thing they are good at it is overcoming adversity and facing up to the odds stacked against them.
Bouncing back is only the beginning of the process but the Blackhawks have it in them to dig deep and win more crucial games and add more points to their overall league standings. The Hawks will be back out on the ice Saturday night at 6 p.m. where they will face the Pittsburgh Penguins.