The last time the Chicago Blackhawks faced a new expansion team was in Oct. 29, 2000, when they won 3-2 against the Minnesota Wild. This time around, they lost in their first meeting against the newest team in the NHL, falling 4-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Blackhawks started the scoring 3:33 in the first, with John Hayden potting in a short handed goal. William Karlsson answered for the Golden Knights a mere 26 seconds later with a power play goal, deflecting a shot from defenseman Colin Miller. Less then two minutes later, Vegas grabbed the lead, with Tomas Nosek poking in a goal that started from a Derek Engelland shot that somehow rolled over Corey Crawford’s shoulder.
Vegas made it 3-1 with less than two minutes left in the second frame, with Pierre Edouard Bellemare tallying with a snapshot, virtually all alone against Crawford, this despite the Blackhawks just killing a four minute penalty on Ryan Hartman just mere seconds before. Ten minutes into the third frame, Jonathan Marchessault scored short side on the power play. A late goal by Patrick Kane in the waning minutes of the third wasn’t enough to catalyze a comeback.
Vegas goalie Oscar Dansk was stellar in his debut, stopping 29 shots on goal. Crawford, although valiant in the attempt, only saved 29 out of the 33 he faced. The Hawks’ record falls to 5-3-2 in the young campaign.
The powerplay was, again, anemic, going 0 for 3 tonight and only generating five shots on goal. The penalty kill still remains a bright spot for this team overall, despite giving up two tonight. The Blackhawks did not allow a single shot on goal on the double minor on Hartman.
Lets hope that whatever happens in Vegas actually stay in Vegas, as the Blackhawks will face the Nashville Predators at home Friday night. The Hawks may have won the last meeting in overtime, but they were outplayed for the most part in that game.
The Hawks are still in full strength. Tootoo, Roszival and Hossa remain on LTIR.
My three stars:
3. Jonathan Marchessault 1G
2. Tomas Nosek 1G 1A
1. Oscar Dansk 29 saves