2018-19 Season: Away Start Against The Ottawa Senators.
The Blackhawks 2018-19 season is filled with close games and disappointment. This is the season that saw the Blackhawks fire Joel Quenneville, and it was the final time the team would see guys like Nick Schmaltz on opening night.
The Blackhawks would start the year on the road against the Ottawa Senators. What should have been an easy win for a dominant team like Chicago, showed their weaknesses as they ended up winning in overtime with a 4-3 win.
Both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would be involved on the score sheet, but the first goal of the season belonged to Alex DeBrincat in his second season in the NHL. DeBrincat scored a solo goal unassisted and would set the tone for the team.
DeBrincat is the only player on this list so far that did live up to the hype of scoring the first goal, as he would follow that performance with 41 goals on the year and 35 assists, leading the team in goals and points for the year. DeBrincat has grown every year in the league into a more complete player, and it makes sense why he was scoring the first goal of the season in just his second year in the league.