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

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 9, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) scores a short handed goal against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2, Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders.  Friday, 10/9/15.  Barclay’s Arena. 

The Blackhawks started out slow in this one, just like they did on Wednesday night against the Rangers.  But it was Artem Anisimov who got the scoring started.  He alertly stole the puck on an Islander’s power play, and followed through with a short-handed goal.  This was his first goal as a Chicago Blackhawk.

John Tavares of the Islanders scored shortly thereafter, but Patrick Kane answered with a goal of his own, and his first of the season.  Kane happened to be on the ice with Toews, who got the primary assist, and Panarin, who had a great shot of his own previous to the goal.

Marek Ziklicky of the Islanders tied it 2-2 early in the third, and with not much going on for the Hawks, Coach Q got busy with the lineblender.  Most notably, Teuvo Teravainen moved down to center the third line.  But the Hawks weren’t able to get the game winner in regulation time, so to 3-on-3 overtime hockey we went.

This was the first time we saw a power play in overtime.  Hossa had a great opportunity on a breakaway, and former Blackhawk Nick Leddy had little choice but to take a slashing penalty in order to stop him.  In 3-on-3 play, a power play enables a fourth player to come out onto the ice.  So it was Toews, Kane, Hossa, and Keith.  Well, I’m sure you can guess how that went.  Great passing, with Kane making a perfect shot on net that was meant for Toews’ waiting stick.  Except the puck bounced off a defender, and Kane was credited with the goal.  I’m going to predict that the Hawks win most of the games that go to overtime this year.  Hawks win, 3-2.

Next: Game 3