Friday, September 25, 2015

Baun, Darling, Power Hawks To Win in Montreal

Kyle Baun had two goals and an assist and Scott Darling continued his sharp play by stopping 22 shots as the visiting Blackhawks skated to a 5-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens.  The Hawks scored three times in the first period and never looked back against last year's Vezina, Hart and Ted Lindsay Trophy winner, Carey Price.

Ryan Garbutt got a stick on a David Rundblad slap shot and redirected it for his second goal of the preseason at 8:41 into the first period.  Just under two minutes later, Baun made a nice feed to Garret Ross for an easy tip-in to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.  Just over three minutes later Baun picked up a loose puck and wristed it past Price to send the Hawks into the first period intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Zack Kassian got Montreal on the board just 25 seconds into the second period on a back-hander to cut the lead to 3-1.  But just 2 1/2 minutes later Andrew Desjardins threw a puck to the net and Baun redirected it past Price for his 2nd goal of the night and 3rd of the preseason and a 4-1 Hawks lead.  Jan Hejda capped off the scoring with an empty net goal with just over a minute to play as the Hawks win big tonight, 5-1.

Darling played the entire game and played well making 22 saves.  He's now given up one goal this preseason in 45 shots.  He made strong saves throughout the game and is seeing the puck well.

Noteable mentions: Trevor Daley had another strong game with 2 assists, +2, and 19:36 TOI.  Daniel Paille, although he didn't find the score sheet, was all over the ice and saved a goal in the third period.  Defensemen, Viktor Svedberg had 5 blocked shots, and veteran Lubomir Visnovsky had 4 blocked shots.

Three stars of the game: 1st - CHI - Kyle Baun (2G 1A) 5 hits, 2nd - CHI - Garret Ross (1G 1A), 3rd - MON - Charles Hudon

Next game: Tomorrow, 09/26/15, home against St. Louis @ 7:30pm


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