Friday, October 9, 2015

Blackhawks, Kane, Ruin Islanders First Game In Brooklyn, Win 3-2 in OT

The Chicago Blackhawks played their first NHL hockey game in Brooklyn.  They left with a 3-2 win in overtime against the New York Islanders.  Patrick Kane scored two goals including the game-winner. 

Artem Anisimov scored his first goal as a Blackhawk with an unassisted short-handed goal to get the Hawks on the board.  Coach, Joel Quenneville, wanted the team to start better, but it took a while as the Islanders started the game out-shooting the Hawks 9-3, but it was Anisimov who drew first blood.  

Islander captain, John Tavares, evened the score with a strong individual effort in front of the net and pushed a rebound shot past Corey Crawford.  Kane got his first goal of the year from a no-look, behind the back pass from Jonathan Toews who was being checked against the boards behind the Islander net.

In the third, the Islanders quickly evened the score at 2 when Marek Zidlicky slapped a shot from the point that found its way through traffic and into the net just over a minute into the period.  It stayed that way for the rest of regulation as both teams played their first 3-on-3 overtime period.

After a penalty from ex-Blackhawk, Nick Leddy, the Blackhawks power play came through as Kane threw a shot at the net that deflected off Islander defensemen, Johnny Boychuk.

Notable mentions: Viktor Tikhonov played his first NHL game since the 2008-2009 season when he played under then-coach, Wayne Gretzky.  Tikhonov played 10:31 TOI, 3 hits, 2 blocked shots, 1 shot.  Viktor Svedberg made his NHL debut and played well, 16:19 TOI, 2 shots, 2 hits, 2 blocked shots.  The Blackhawks did not fair well at the face dot winning 27 and losing 40.

Three Stars of the Game: 1st - Patrick Kane (2G, 5 shots), 2nd - John Tavares (1G, 3 shots), 3rd - Artem Anisimov (1G, 3 shots)

Next game: Saturday, October 10th, vs. New York Islanders


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