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Chicago Blackhawks’ 3 Heroes, Goats From Opening Night Loss

By Colin Likas
Oct 12, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (2-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (2-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 12, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny (6) battles for the puck against St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

No matter the result, the Chicago Blackhawks will always have heroes and goats in their games

On Wednesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks opened their 2016-17 regular season with a 5-2 defeat to the rival St. Louis Blues. The loss wasn’t as grand as the score would indicate; the Blues tallied a pair of empty-net goals late to seal the deal.

I’m going to try and do a post throughout the season in which we look at three heroes and three goats from each Blackhawks result. Some days and nights, it’ll be easier to do one over the other. But there’s always at least three heroes and goats in each game — sometimes it just takes some searching.

Sometimes, these will be based on easy-to-see things like goals, assists and saves — or a lack thereof. Other times there will be smaller things that stand out, in good ways or bad.

Let’s jump into it here, starting with the heroes before transitioning to the goats.

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