As I predicted, the Blackhawks came out on top in Saturday's tilt with the sputtering Rangers. A 5-2 victory against a team that many (myself included) thought would be at the top of the league standings by now.
Patrick Kane and Max Domi each had 3 points to lead the way, but it was Kane with the milestone assist. Kane, now 34, scored his 1,200th point in the regular season on a 3rd period assist to Taylor Raddysh.
The game was intense from the start as both teams came in needing a win. The Rangers were playing barely above .500 and Chicago was looking to end a long losing streak. Before the matchup, it just felt like the Blackhawks were going to come in and out work New York. At home, with alot of pressure, and a much rumored (to join) superstar Patrick Kane was under the MSG lights.
Let me state here my feelings on Jacob Trouba: He would not be a captain of any team I would cheer for. This is not a player that plays the game the correct way. Be tough, be hard to play against, and be annoying... but do not leave your feet or have intent to injure anyone. Much like Tom Wilson, I can not and will not cheer or take light their actions in the sport that we all love so much.
The fights and scraps throughout the game were intense. Of course leave it to our captain Jonathan Toews to make a huge statement in, "I've had enough of this" and grapple with Trouba after the hit on Athanasiou. Simply put there is no more room for this type of player in hockey.
Kane now has 20pts on the season with Domi right behind him at 19. The Blackhawks stay in New York to take on Matt Barzal and the Isles tonight in a game that may or may not put many to sleep. I'm kidding, but truly NYI is not a team I look forward to saying, "this will be fun to watch". Puck drop is at 7:30 ET.