Oct 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view as fans hold glow sticks during a pregame ceremony raising the 2013 Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters before the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
It’s hard to follow up such a spectacular season from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. So far this season, we haven’t had any awe-inspiring NHL-record setting streaks, but the Blackhawks haven’t been a disappointment to their fans or the league. They have defended their Championship title as well as we could have hoped and linger at the top of the standings at the halfway point of the season. It has been fun to not only watch our team be one of the best, but also watch the highlights and fumbles around the league because of what it means to the Blackhawks. Here are some of our favorite moments and reactions as fans.
In October’s 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, Brandon Saad‘s spinorama pass to Patrick Kane had us all going crazy, even Patrick Kane. One of the best things about the goal was Kane’s reaction to Saad’s move, acting more like a proud brother than a happy goal-scorer. The student has become the master and gained a student of his own.
Patrick Sharp does well on family birthdays, especially his own. His hat trick was impressive and fun, but his assist to Jonathan Toews on his birthday game against the Colorado Avalanche was special and probably the most fun to watch. When Patrick Sharp is on a hot streak, you probably shouldn’t take your eyes off the screen.
Rivalries make for great games and are always fun… when you win. Beating the Vancouver Canucks in November by scoring 2 goals in 9 seconds was fun. Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored a goal to tie the game at 1 and take the lead with 2, beating Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland’s score by 8 seconds. Which means that we hate the Canucks more than the Bruins, obviously.
The Blackhawks recently jumped the standings in the Goals For column and that has a lot to do with their little streak of scoring 6 or more goals in 3 straight games. That gave both the players and the fans a lot of momentum and confidence in their team.
Ending that scoring streak with a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs barely made as pause, but we did pause.
A little bit of uneasiness rippled through the Blackhawks fan base when Corey Crawford was injured. With “goalie problems” being an issue in the recent past, we were a little unsure of what to expect.
Antti Raanta was the goalie that none of us expected, an early Christmas present, and the gift that keeps on giving. He has been one of the most fun players to watch and his personality doesn’t hurt. With the news the Corey Crawford may be returning soon, it’s hard to let go of Raanta.
What are some of your favorite Blackhawks moments in the first half of the season?