Last night we got hockey back! While it might only be the preseason, we don’t care because hockey is once again on our minds. As you have heard already, the Chicago Blackhawks came out strong and won their first preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime. Here’s a look at each of the game’s goals by the Blackhawks:
First Goal: Kyle Baun
The first goal of the night was by Kyle Baun, followed by Jonathan Toews, Tuevo Teravainen, and Ryan Garbutt. The Blackhawks got off to a flying start in the first period as they got on the board early in the game. Baun opened the scoring when he got open near the front of the net during a good Blackhawks possession of the puck. He whacked the puck out of midair to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead against Detroit.
Second Goal: Jonathan Toews
Later in the first period, Toews took his turn at scoring and fired a shot to make it 2-0. While Toews was skating he carried the puck into the zone and found an open shot near the top of the face-off circle. He ripped a wrist shot into the back of the net to extend Chicago’s lead to two goals toward the end of the first period. As always, Captain Clutch shows up on the scoreboard—he’s the Blackhawks’ recipe for success! But you already knew that.
Third Goal: Tuevo Teravainen
The third goal of the night happened in the second period by Tuevo Teravainen—it was Tuevo Time! As the second period began, the Blackhawks had three HUGE saves immediately by Scott Darling who was solid the first period and a half that he played—this is why he got the number one star of the night. To repay Darling’s superb goaltending, Tuevo was able to score another goal to make it 3-0.
Jonathan Toews ripped a shot on goal off a feed from newly appointed Alternate Captain Brent Seabrook, but it didn’t go in. Toews’ rebound hit Tuevo in the midsection and was able to slap it in between Howard’s leg pads to bring the lead to 3-0 against Detroit—we were looking great! However, Detroit got on the board five minutes into the second when Miele fed a perfect pass to Mantha who scored to make it 3-1.
Fourth Goal: Ryan Garbutt
Early in the third the Blackhawks were able to score again to improve the lead to 4-1. Detroit had a turnover that Seabrook took advantage of—he was in the right place at the right time with the right moves. He shoved a pass over to Ryan Garbutt in the middle of the ice. Garbutt deposited the puck into the net to give Chicago a 4-1 lead over Detroit—Phew! However, the Red Wings game back in full force to score three goals before the end of the period and regulation time. Tied at 4-4 the game went into overtime.
You might have noticed something different last night: the overtime. Instead of 5 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime play we saw 3-on-3. At first it seemed odd, but after only 2 minutes it was riveting—I think I am going to enjoy this layout. In last night’s overtime, Trevor Daley scored the game winner for the Blackhawks, which came after the Hawks had blown a three-goal lead in regulation time. The Blackhawks got a 3-on-1 rush, which ended in perfect passes from Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane around the zone and new defenseman Daley slid the puck into the empty net for a Blackhawks win!
With game 1 of the preseason done, what are you looking forward to seeing with the Blackhawks this season? I know I am just happy Blackhawks hockey is finally back because now everything is right in the world again.