1. Blackhawk Bounces and Puck Luck… Finally
The Blackhawks finally got a lucky, easy goal last night with Brandon Hagel’s snap shot towards the net that threaded the needle and into the net. They also found a break as a shot block by a Senator defender bounced towards Patrick Kane, who used a swift forehand-backhand move, sending the puck into the net. Another was Brandon Hagel’s goal on even-strength. The Senators had horrible coverage, and a shot into a congested zone bounced right onto the stick blade of a wide open Hagel. He was where he needed to be at the right time, and he was rewarded with his first goal.
See, the Blackhawks are FINALLY starting to realize that shooting the puck bring, surprise, multiple goals to your count. They looked much more open to shooting the puck than carrying it for a stupid giveaway on a pass-play. After nine games of a lack of puck luck and no bounces for them, they earned the ones that they got in a high-scoring outing. For example, instead of holding the puck for a dumb cross-ice pass by Hagel, he just threw the puck on the net. He was rewarded with a goal as the puck went past Carpenter and into the net. Two more goals came from an aggressive shot for a rebound play.
Let’s hope that this continues as the Blackhawks seem to be finding their offensive rhythm and an effective way of scoring goals. As they now know, scoring goals off of rebound plays still count just as much as pretty-play goals. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both recorded more than three points which is always welcomed.