In this week’s Blackhawks Rewind, I am going to discuss a game that is very personal to me. The game against the Edmonton Oilers in January was the first hockey game I ever attended. It was an amazing experience and the game did not disappoint.
Antti Raanta was the Blackhawks starting goaltender in this game, and Devan Dubnyk was in net for the Oilers. Ales Hemsky was the first on the scoreboard six minutes into the game. About 8 minutes later, Niklas Hjalmarsson fired a shot on goal from the blue line which was redirected past Dubnyk by Ben Smith for the first Blackhawks goal. The first period would end in a deadlock.
Andrew Shaw opened the scoring in the second after putting on a couple big hits, with an absolute snipe from the left side. After that, it became kind of interesting. A delayed penalty had been called on the Oilers. Raanta was going the the bench for the Hawks extra skater, and Patrick Kane made a pass along the boards to a vacant spot on the blue line. The puck then traveled all the way down, right into the Hawks net. The Hawks “own goal” was awarded to Boyd Gordon. Luckily, on the ensuing power play, Marian Hossa scored to put the Blackhawks back in the lead. Jonathan Toews would add a goal to end the period. The Hawks went into intermission with a 4-2 lead.
The third was a quiet period, Taylor Hall scored one on a perfect setup by Justin Schultz, and Brent Seabrook iced the cake for the Hawks with 5 minutes left in the game.
You can watch highlights of the game below:
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