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

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) celebrates with center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring against the New York Islanders during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders.  Saturday, 10/10/15.  United Center.

Well this was by far the best game of the three.  The Blackhawks ran away with this one, scoring 4 goals to get out to a 4-0 lead.  Trevor van Riemsdyk tallied his first NHL goal, with assists from Kane and Panarin.  Then the Bread Man himself (Panarin, as if you don’t already know that by now) decided to join the fun.  He wasn’t going to be shown up by Kane, who of course had to score a goal.  And Brent Seabrook put it away with a 5-on-3 goal at the end of the third.

This being the second of a back-to-back games, Scott Darling was in net and was looking for the shutout.  But a careless turnover by Kane at the end of the game led to a goal by Islanders Cal Clutterbuck.  I hope Kane sent apologies Chewie’s (that’s Darling if you didn’t know) way at the end of that one.  Hawks win, 4-1.

Other News and Notes.

Patrick Kane was booed and jeered loudly at his first road game in New York.  But that’s to be expected, and he answered with 2 goals.

It’s a broken record, but it has to be said.  The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line looks phenomenal! It’s a magical combination that’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

The third line is the Blackhawks weak link right now, and most recently Teravainen moved back to center this line, with Bryan Bickell and Viktor Tikhonov on his wings.  Ryan Garbutt auditioned on the first line.  No big sparks came out of either one of these situations.  How/when will this get resolved?  We’ll all just have to wait and see.

The defense leaves a lot to be desired.  According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Blackhawks are actively seeking a defenseman via a trade.

Well there you have it folks!  That pretty much sums up where the Chicago Blackhawks stand. They have a record of 2-1, and play next against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and the Washington Capitals on Thursday.  They finish off the week with a tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.  Happy watching!

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