The Chicago Blackhawks are a bad team but they have stayed in a lot of the games that they’ve played so far this season. That was the same against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday afternoon for a Black Friday matinee.
The Hawks didn’t get off to the best start as Joel Edmundson scored his first of the season from the Montreal blue line to give the Habs a 1-0 lead. Blackhawks might remember Edmundson from his days with the St. Louis Blues where he was very good.
The Hawks answered back though when Caleb Jones scored his first of the year as well to tie the game. Each defender isn’t much of a goal scorer but they got it done early in this game.
Montreal captain Nick Suzuki answered back though to give Montreal a 2-1 lead just a few minutes later. It took a while but Taylor Raddysh scored to get the game tied at two with about four minutes left in regulation.
The Hawks are inferior to almost every NHL roster but they don’t get outplayed very often. Unfortunately, they can be out-skilled on many occasions.
The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t get the result that they wanted on Friday.
That happened once they reached the shootout on Friday afternoon. Nobody on either team scored in overtime so this shootout was necessary to determine a winner. Jonathan Toews scored on a beautiful move as he often does but that wasn’t enough.
With the game on his stick, former Blackhawk Kirby Dach scored to give his new team a road win in the shootout. When he scored, he let the crowd have it a little bit as they were booing him in his return to the team. Honestly, good for him.
The Hawks didn’t do him any favors with his development. For one, Stan Bowman should have never picked him third overall but he did so he should have treated him better. He probably was in the NHL too soon and they didn’t give him the tools needed to win.
This is just another example of former Blackhawks coming back and making the team look bad in one way or another. It was probably the right move to trade him but that was the right move because of prior mistakes made by the franchise.
Chicago will be back in action again on Sunday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets at home. That is another very tough matchup for them that will need their A-game if they are even going t compete.