The Chicago Blackhawks are starting to run into a problem. They are winning way too much now. They should get back to losing so they better their chances of the generational superstar Connor Bedard.
The winning continued on Saturday night when the Hawks paid a visit to their biggest rival, the St. Louis Blues. They defeated them by a final score of 5-3.
The Hawks got off to an impressive start in this one as they went up 3-0. Jason Dickinson, Sam Lafferty, and Reese Johnson all scored goals to get the Chicago lead up to three somewhat quickly.
54 seconds after Chicago went up by three goals, however, Jordan Kyrou scored for the Blues to cut the lead back down to two. In order to save the momentum, Andreas Athanasiou scored about a minute after that Kyrou goal to get the lead back up by three.
The Chicago Blackhawks put together a good game to win on Saturday.
It would be easy to just kind of give up when things get hard or pressure filled but they handled it well. They are not good by any means but there are some good habits being formed right now. Not rolling over for the opponent is one of them.
Later in the same second period, Ivan Barbashev ended up scoring one to get the Blues back in the game again. By this point, people had to be wondering if the Blackhawks would find a way to let this lead slip away.
In the third period, former Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy scored for the Blues and at this point, they were within one. As mentioned before, this felt bad at the time. They needed a hero to put the game away for good (if you were cheering for them to win instead of tanking).
Well, Max Domi scored a goal with four minutes left in regulation to get the lead back up to two. This goal was not an empty netter. It was a normal goal assisted by Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane.
It was a good team effort but the big story was the rookie in the net. Jaxson Stauber made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks and was really good for it being his first career start. He has spent this season with the Rockford Ice Hogs after being an undrafted player out of Providence College.
Stauber made 29 saves on 32 shots to earn his first career NHL victory in his first career start. It was a great moment for him and his family as he has been working for this his whole life.
Yeah, the Blackhawks need to start losing again for a different reason but it was nice to see his teammates score five in this one to help him to his first victory. Maybe he will find a way to have a nice NHL career. This was a good start.
Now, the Blackhawks have another game on Sunday night against the very good Los Angeles Kings at the United Center.