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Game Recap: Chicago Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 3-2

By Jimmy Lynch
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 at the United Center on October 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 at the United Center on October 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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A recap of the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in OT.

You know the phrase “If the best team always won, why play?” Well, that came true last night during the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 OT win against Columbus. Let’s break it down.

I do not know if the blood flow has returned to Robin Lehner’s head yet after standing on his head all night. Lehner made 37 saves on 39 shots last night, including plenty of one-timers and plenty of Grade-A scoring opportunities.

We talked about how the Blackhawks were mentioned as a team that could turn heads and surprise people this season in yesterday’s preview for the game. Well, that was anything but true last night.

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I know we, Chicago Blackhawks fans, can be picky sometimes, but come on. That was not a good effort. I was at the game last night and the Blackhawks’ power play got chased up and down the ice time after time again, and only tallied one goal on the PP out of four opportunities.

Another thing to mention is Andrew Shaw was half of the Blackhawks’ 4 penalties against last night. I know what you get out of Andrew Shaw night in and night out.

He lifts the crowd and makes the game fun in Chicago. However, if the price is 4 minutes of power-play time against every game, then that is a hefty price to pay.

The one Blackhawks’ power-play goal did look pretty nice. I mean Patrick Kane to Alex DeBrincat is something we have heard a lot these days. Out of all the Blackhawks goals, the one that came most amazing to me was Drake Caggiula’s snipe.

I do not know about you, but I want to put this game behind me. Chicago played pretty poorly; failing to connect on passes in the neutral zone and just passing the puck way too much in general.

I think I could have scored that Caggiula goal in that situation. When you hear everyone in the building yelling SHOOT at you, what are you going to do 9 times out of 10?

Of course, there were some positives from last night’s game. Did you see the great shoot the puck goal by Billie Jean King? What a snipe!

Speaking of snipes! Jonathan Toews ended the game with a tip-off of his jersey! What a play by the captain to end the game (sarcasm). I really want to see more out of Toews moving forward.

I think it is too early to tell what kind of team Chicago will be this season. However, I will say this. Robin Lehner played OUT OF HIS MIND tonight and the bottom 6 has looked pretty good so far. They have gotten the job done, now let’s see what the Chicago Blackhawks do against a team like the Washington Capitals tomorrow!

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