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Chicago Blackhawks: All You Need To Know About The First 3 Games

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) in the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

This past week certainly has been busy in Chicago sports!  There were three Chicago Cubs playoff games, ironically on the same nights as the Chicago Blackhawks first three games of the season.  Oh, and the Chicago Bears played and won on Sunday, for the second week in a row!  Miracles can happen!  And then of course the Cubs won last night to take a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.  If you’re an all-around sports fan, it might have been pretty hard to focus your full attention towards the Blackhawks first games.  After all, it’s the first of many tilts in a long and grueling 82 game season; whereas the Cubs are in the playoffs!  Well, no worries.  We’ve got you covered.  Here is a brief synopsis of all you really need to know to get you caught up.

Game 1, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.  Wednesday, 10/7/15.  United Center.  Banner Raising.

Yes, of course there was a lot of pomp and circumstance for the banner raising.  Would you expect anything less of the Chicago Blackhawks?  They know how to put on a good show.  My favorite part was when Niklas Hjalmarsson first brought the Stanley Cup out onto the ice.  He’s finally getting the credit and the notoriety that he deserves.

Well the Blackhawks were able to pull it off in 2013 when they beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 after their banner raising ceremony.  But the hangover was too much to overcome this year, and they fell to King Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers by a score of 3-2.  Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

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A couple of the youngsters did manage to get on the board for the Hawks.  Artemi Panarin scored his first NHL and Hawks goal, with a little help from Patrick Kane and Hjalmarsson.  And Teuvo Teravainen tallied a goal playing on the top line with assists from Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews.

This first game didn’t come without some controversy.  The Hawks made a push at the end of the game with an extra man on the ice and Corey Crawford on the bench.  Kane shot the puck and it seemed to get lost under Lundqvist’s pads.  Toews batted at it, and Kane rushed in and appeared to knock the puck in before the referee blew the whistle; but the goal was disallowed.  Our very own Colin Likas gives a detailed analysis and argument against this “intent to blow” rule here.

Next: Game 2