The Chicago Blackhawks, thanks to some bad play, COVID-19, and Christmas, were pushing a month without a single win. They finally earned that on Saturday night which was fantastic for the team as a whole and the fans. However, it was much more than that because of the circumstances.
The win came over the Vegas Golden Knights who are one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. They have a legit chance to win the Stanley Cup. The loss to Chicago drops them to 23-14-1 for 47 standings points which are good for the second-best total in the Western Conference.
They are also going to be getting Jack Eichel back from his injury at some point which will really help them. They made the big trade for him a couple of months ago and have been waiting for his arrival ever since. Eichel is now the best player on one of the best teams so that will really improve their chances even more.
This was an extra big win because Marc-Andre Fleury was able to start against his former team. He had some amazing times with the Golden Knights, including that amazing first year where they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. He also won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie last year so there was no shortage of amazing memories.
Marc-Andre Fleury deserved to get a big win against his old team on Saturday.
Fleury’s Blackhawks teammate really wanted to help get him a win. He has had a pretty good year when you consider the team that is playing in front of him. They knew they would need an elite effort in order to pull off a win against that Knights team that could legit win the Cup.
Ben Hutton scored his first goal of the season for Vegas just five minutes in and it looked like it might be a long night from there for the Hawks. However, they clamped down and didn’t allow another goal for the rest of the game. Fleury was a big part of that as he made 30 saves in the 2-1 victory. Jujhar Khaira and Riley Stillman each scored to give Fleury the offense he needed.
Nobody deserved this win more than Fleury. He has had an outstanding career and has been such a nice guy throughout it all. He has also never missed the playoffs so the Hawks would do him a real solid if they moved him to a playoff team that needs a starting goalie before the trade deadline.
It has been very cool to see this future Hall of Famer play for the hometown team, even if it was just for a short amount of time. Getting him this win was awesome and will go down as one of the few great moments from this season.