The Chicago Blackhawks looked rejuvenated and won an impressive 2-1 game against the best team in the West.
This Blackhawks team just defeated the top team in the West in the Vegas Golden Knights after losing in horrible fashion against the worst team in the entire league in the Arizona Coyotes. Whatever the team discussed in that meeting was put on full display: A full effort by the entire team, no passengers. Marc-Andre Fleury was amazing yet again, beating the team that traded him away for nothing with a spectacular 31 save effort.
Something about this team is that they ALWAYS do well with an aggressive forecheck. This was the case last season as well where they kept the pressure up on the opposition, closing off space and taking away passing lanes and time.
The Golden Knights looked overwhelmed at the start of the second period, and the Blackhawks didn't hold back at all. They outhit Vegas 35-17, which brings back yet another past theme of success: Physical, gritty play opens up their chances offensively. Let's hope this build momentum and confidence moving forward.
With that said, here are my three takeaways.