Nov. 16, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks: "Four score.."
It has been quite a roller coaster of a season so far for both the players and the fan base of the Chicago Blackhawks. They opened up the season with scoring 10 points against the current defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since then, it is as if the Blackhawks have struggled with continuing that momentum and are winning with just the slightest strike of luck.
Tonight, a familiar face was back on the ice with the Blackhawks. Scott Darling was in the net tonight for Carolina and not allow the faces of his former teammates shake up his game. Darling had a total of 30 saves for Carolina while Crawford racked 38 saves for the Chicago team. While the goalies where waiting for a puck to come through, the Blackhawks were staring down for a miracle that would finally allow them to snap their current loosing streak.
For the Hawks, the first period was once again uneventful. Brock McGinn of the Hurricanes scored the first goal of the night at 6:53 in the first. Not even three minutes later, Jeff Skinner scored again for Carolina allowing the Hurricanes to take the lead 2-0 heading into the second period.
Rookie Alex DeBrincat had his first ever career two-goal game that started off with a tip-in with the help from Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik. DeBrincat commented after the game, "Confidence is a lot in this game and if we have it, we’ll be moving.” Closing out the scoring for the second period was Brock McGinn once again scoring for Carolina. The Hurricanes still held the lead 3-1 going into the third.
DeBrincat added another goal for the night opening up the third period scoring off of a snap shot at 3:16 in the period. Right winger Patrick Kane stated, “I’ve seen him (DeBrincat) in practice, and even in games now — he’s in those areas and he can find ways to put the puck in the back of the net with his quick release." Even during training camp, DeBrincat was showing immense talent and was making a statement for those who said that he was still young to play in the NHL.
To end up allowing the game to head into overtime, Blackhawks Gustav Forsling scored off of a slap shot 11:29 in the third allowing a chance for the Blackhawks to dig deep and find the will to finally bring home a win.
Brandon Saad, the Blackhawks left winger who made a statement during the first game of the season by scoring a hat trick, ended the night by making yet another statement. Saad scored the game winning goal for the Chicago team off of a backhanded leave by DeBrincat making the final score 4-3.
After the game against the Hurricanes, the Blackhawks moved up six spots in overall league standings to 18th place with a total of 18 points and a record that stands at 8-7-2.
"We definitely needed that win," DeBrincat claimed. And that statement could not ring any more truer for the Blackhawks. The Chicago team looks to win again tomorrow night when they play against the New Jersey Devils at 6PM.