Nov. 02, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks: Pretty Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip, a place filled with casinos and lights flashing in every color. One thing you do not hear being talked about in Vegas is hockey, that is, until the Golden Knights came to town. The newest team in the NHL has made history in their inaugural season so far by winning seven out of their first eight games. A team that is not only lighting up the lamp, but also lighting up the entire league.
On Tuesday night, the Blackhawks played their first ever game in the Sin City. It was a game where no one knew what they were getting into.
The Chicago Blackhawks started the scoring off for the night when John Hayden scored off a wrist shot at 3:33 in the first. It was his first goal of the season and the first goal the Hawks have ever scored against the Knights. Not long after in the first, the Knights took the lead by two goals scored at 3:59 and 5:46 by William Karlsson and Tomas Nosek. Golden Knights led the Blackhawks 2-1 heading into the second.
With Marc-Andre Fleury or Malcolm Subban in the net, the Golden Knights’ had to call up twenty-three year-old Oscar Dansk. In his first NHL game, he showed on Tuesday night that he is able to hold his ground. Dansk did not allow the Blackhawks to score during the second period. The only goal scored during the second was off of a snap shot by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Two wrist shots, one from each team in the third, would end the scoring for the night. Golden Knights Jonathan Marchessault scored the fourth and last goal for the Knights at 10:20. Right winger Patrick Kane scored at 18:55 right when the Hawks knew it was too late to come back and win this one.
The Knights outshot the Blackhawks 33-31 with Corey Crawford stopping 29 out of 33 shots for the Chicago team. Blackhawks center and captain Jonathan Toews commented on the teams performance. He stated, “It starts in the offensive zone. Our sticks aren’t in the right areas. We’re letting teams break out on us a little too easy. It just seems like we get one chance, a puck for one play and we turn it over and then it’s back in our own zone."
As for the Golden Knighs, their winning streak continues. Coach Gerard Gallant stated after the game, "Everything’s gone our way right now, we’re working hard and competing hard. It’s all about a team with us. It’s a team game and that’s how we want to play.” And that is exactly how they are playing every opposing team.
In a game like this, teams can learn one of two things from how both teams preformed. The Blackhawks showed that no matter how much experience and chemistry between players you have, you can still lose. The Golden Knights showed that new and undeveloped teams can still have a chance to light up the league. The NHL season is 82 games long and a lot can happen from October to April. Only time will be the official decision maker in how these teams develop and deliver for the rest of the season.
The Blackhawks will host the Nashville Predators on Friday night at 7:30.