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Blackhawks get the win in shootout against CBJ in back and forth game

By Jimmy Lynch
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks won a back and forth game against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. While the ‘Hawks were not on the top of their game, they did manage to pull through at the end to win.

After a bad first few minutes of the game, it was all Blackhawks as the team scored two goals and were registering tons of shots on goal throughout the first period. The team ended the first with 17 shots on goal compared to Columbus’s four.

Carl Soderberg got things going on the power play, and of course, the goal was assisted by none other than DeBrincat and Kane. After that goal, a few minutes later, Mattias Janmark had a great keep at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The keep-in landed directly on Suter’s stick, who set up Patrick Kane for a great one-timer to take a two to zero lead.

The lead did not last, and the two teams traded goals throughout both the second and third periods. The ‘Hawks had six penalties last night, and Columbus capitalized on all those chances scoring three power-play goals.

Some key moments from the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

2nd Period 11:48 – Brandon Hagel finally scored his first goal

It finally happened! Brandon Hagel – who has been one of the best rookies this season – finally scored his first NHL goal. This was a fun moment to watch as he just refused to give up on the play.

It was great to see the reaction of the other players on the ice. Patrick Kane looked ecstatic watching Hagel score his first goal of his career. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we see him score again.

3rd Period 16:23 – Adam Boqvist‘s snipe on the power play 

Adam Boqvist had a great snipe on the power play to take a two-goal lead for the second time of the game. For Boqvist, who has struggled this season, the goal was a blessing. Hopefully, we will see some more offensive upside over the next few games.

The Blackhawks had two power-play goals this past game, and that is definitely a good thing considering the ‘Hawks power play has settled down the past few games.

3rd Period 13:10 – David Savard and Patrick Kane get matching penalties 

Patrick Kane puts a shot on the net, then as he is turning around, David Savard checks him into the boards in an awkward way. Kane was upset on the ground and whacked his stick at Savard.

Kane’s frustration is valid, but it stinks that he had to take things into his own hands. Patrick Kane is the face of the Chicago Blackhawks at this time, and someone else on the ice or the bench should have been on Savard the rest of the game.

We did see Alex DeBrincat go skate after Savard after the play, but it’s Alex DeBrincat, one of the smallest players on the ‘Hawks. Obviously, that move by DeBrincat shows where his heart is at, but it would have been more meaningful to see someone like Zadorov or Murphy take a run at Savard after that play.

These two teams will match up again in the next few days, so the frustrations between the ‘Hawks and Blue Jackets might roll over until the next game. Maybe we will see a fight.

Kevin Lankinen shines in extra time. 

While the game-tying goal in the third period was definitely one that Lankinen would like back, he did make it up to the team with how he played in the overtime and shootout. The Blue Jackets had some great opportunities, and Lankinen managed to stand strong and help get the team the win.

In Conclusion

This was not the best game of the season for the Chicago Blackhawks. While the ‘Hawks did give up a few bad goals, they did get the extra point in the end. Now they are going to have to bounce back on Thursday during the next matchup against Columbus!

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