Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks won their first game of the season, and it wasn’t Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane that recorded the first hat trick of the season, but it was none other than Richard Panik.
The Chicago Blackhawks summer had three main talking points. The first was how much better the defense was going to be with the addition of Brian Campbell, and let’s be honest Campbell has looked like he’s 37 years old there the first few games of the season.
The second biggest talking point of the offseason was how many Chicago Blackhawks prospects were going to be in the lineup, and how much they were going to frustrate Joel Quenneville especially in the early part of the season. Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman have scored goals already, and Tyler Motte has looked pretty good through three games.
Panik has four goals in the first three games, and he’s doing it by being in the right spot which of course is right in front of the opposing goalie. Panik banged home a rebound for the first goal of the season in front of Jake Allen Wednesday night, and he was right there last night in front of the Predators goalie putting three into the back of the net for his first career hat trick.
Let’s not get all crazy and think Panik is going to score 50 goals this year, but playing with Toews and getting to the front of the net will make his goal scoring life much easier than most! Here’s to a great season of us trying to come up with Panik puns in titles!
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Sunday morning!
Listen to the call of the game last night as Richard Panik collects his first career hat trick (Blackhawks)
Here are some observations from the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators last night (Tribune)
The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators talent levels are pretty close these days (Predlines)
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Richard Panik wasn’t the only player to record a hat trick last night, and here is a quick trip around the NHL (Puck Daddy)