It was an emotional day for the Chicago Blackhawks before the puck dropped against the Seattle Kraken.
Veteran Corey Perry was placed on waivers with the intent of having his contract terminated after an internal investigation found he violated the terms of his contract and the team’s internal policies.
General manager Kyle Davidson spoke before the game to address the situation and was visibly upset over the rumor going around X (formerly Twitter) about what led to Perry’s dismissal.
Then Davidson sent a fifth-round pick to Vancouver for Anthony Beauvillier.
Oh, and the greatest player in team history, Patrick Kane, signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
The team was able to stay focused and picked up a victory.
Here are three things you should know about the victory…
The Chicago Blackhawks finally got the first goal of the game.
The Hawks finally jumped out to the lead after what seemed like what is becoming a trend of always playing from behind.
Boris Katchouk buried a wide-open shot after some nice puck movement by Seth Jones and Ryan Donato.
Jason Dickinson put the Hawks up by two goals when he fired a slapshot that found the back of the next.
The Chicago Blackhawks nearly gave the game back to the Kraken.
Matty Beniers was able to beat Hawks goalie Petr Mrazek to cut into the Hawks lead later in the first period. Then a series of bad events allowed the Kraken to tie the game up before the period ended.
Defenseman Kevin Korchiniski got careless with the puck which led to a turnover. Seattle rushed down the ice and got Mrazek to overcommit leaving the goal wide open. Alex Wennberg tied the game up easily.
This all happened while the Hawks were on the power play. Not good folks.
The third and fourth lines along with Mrazek came up big.
It cannot always be the top-six leading the way. The bottom six needed to produce and they did just that.
We already addressed Katchouk who is taking advantage of his ice time. He has been playing well and hopefully, Beauvillier’s acquisition does not send him back to being a healthy scratch.
Dickinson is already having a career year.
We still have not mentioned Joey Anderson who had two assists. He had a strong game and is also making a case to stay in Chicago instead of being sent back to Rockford once Beauvillier arrives.
One of his assists went to MacKenzie Entwistle’s goal that put the Hawks back up by two goals in the third period.
Mrazek made some nice stops to seal the win. Although the third goal he gave up was on him.
It was the second line that broke the 2-2 tie when Lukas Reichel slipped a pass to Tyler Johnson who flicked a shot into the goal.
Finishing an emotional day with a victory is a nice way of moving forward.