The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night in a spectacle that held a quick burst of goals by the players you expected it from most.
The Blackhawks’ were for the most part, great during Wednesday night’s outing. They went down 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Mika Zibanejad, but three unanswered goals and a hat trick by Artem Anisimov helped secure the 6-3 win
Let’s go over three thoughts on the game.
Learned, Progressed, And Grew As Game Went On
Wednesday night was just like most nights; the Hawks’ start off slow, forcing themselves to attempt to adjust to their opponent and play a chase style of hockey. Unlike previous weeks where we’ve seen the Hawks barely climb out of a one goal deficit, they handled their early 1-0 deficit pretty well.
They were outshot and out-scored in the first period by a goal and two shots. May not seem like a lot, but the Rangers seemed to have had a threshold on the guys’ in red. However, they maturely took manners into their own hands.
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Within 2:45 seconds, and an intermission between them, the Hawks scored three goals, coming from Artem Anisimov, Alex Debrincat, and John Hayden. This barrage of goals started from a pacing mentality in the second period, where they doubled the Rangers shots and completely changed the tide of the game.
Their momentum switch was detrimental to the game, as well as their confidence.
Kids’ Keep Starting The Comebacks
One of the biggest stories, besides the ugly ones, were how great the Hawks’ younger players were doing compared to the veterans. Standout players like Alex Debrincat, and John Hayden have been seen starting a lot of the momentum over the first month of the season, and they did it again Wednesday night.
The Hawks’ may have gotten lucky with their breakthrough goal in the late stages of the second, as it just peaked between the pads of Henrik Lundqvist, but sometimes fate lends a helping hand in what could be momentum changes.
Debrincat and Hayden sparked most of the comeback alongside Anisimov, with two goals, but they came at important times that were crucial for the win. Not to mention, Debrincat has six goals dating back to October 27th.
Defense Came Up When Needed
Even after Halloween, Hawks’ fans are still horrified while looking at their defensive pairings and how poorly they’ve performed. Now, the Rangers don’t have a star spangled line-up that makes you fear for your life, but right now, anyone looks scary virus the Hawks.
I was mildly impressed with how great the Blackhawks faired versus the Rangers. They had some slip ups in front of Corey Crawford, especially in the third period, but still held their ground in efforts when times turned sour.
Now, nearly blowing the 4-1 lead wasn’t put all on the defense, as Crawford had a questionable goal allowed by Rick Nash, but they still showed up and showed the world what they were actually capable of. Especially in the end where the Rangers pressed on as much as they could to no prevail.
The Hawks’ could have turned another leaf with this win, but time will only tell.