The Chicago Blackhawks had a big game last night. It was the first of the season, and it featured some great play for both teams.
One of the highlights of the first game of the season is seeing who scores the first goal for the team. Who is going to be the one who starts the Blackhawks season out with the first goal of the season?
The player who scores the first goal sets the tone for the year. Obviously, that player is not guarenteed MVP or anything like that, but it is still a cool stat to lead the team in even if just for a few minutes.
Let’s go back five years ago and remember some of the first goals of the season:
2017-18 Season: Home Opener Against the Pittsburgh Penguins
This is still my favorite Blackhawks regular-season game of all time. I remember sitting at home watching this one thinking no lead was big enough against the defending champions. The Blackhawks would win this game 10-1 in a dominant fashion against the champs.
The first goal of the season for the team belongs to Ryan Hartman. Hartman had a great goal set up from Patrick Kane and Michal Kempny who got the assists on the play. Well, to be fair it really was Kane that set up this great one-timer.
Hartman scoring the first goal of the season in 2017-18 is great. He highlights that year and the struggles the team had at times, being inconsistent and falling out of the playoff race to the point where for the first time in a long time the team sold at the deadline trading Hartman to the Predators.
Hartman would have eight goals and 17 assists that season before being traded to the Predators after 52 games. The first goal of the season the following year also belongs to a young player, and it also follows a Blackhawks win.