First, welcome to hockey season in Chicago!
The Blackhawks got the season started in Ottawa and picked up two points in a comeback victory over the Senators.
Alex DeBrincat got the scoring started in the first with a sharp wrister getting by Park Ridge, IL native Craig Anderson to make it 1-0 Blackhawks at 4:40 in the first period.
Senators center Zach Smith would soon respond with a goal of his own at 6:47 to tie it at 1.
The captain Johnathan Toews would light the lamp for the first time this season on a breakaway midway through the first period to take the lead. Towes rifled it between the legs of Anderson and fans were excited to see that. If the Blackhawks want to have success this season, Toews needs to return to form of being a top goal scorer and a game changer.
The Senators would add one-two more goals in the first period to go into the intermission with a 3-2 lead.
After no goal horn in the second period, while there was plenty of chances, Brent Seabrook found the back of the net at 12:18 in the third period to tie it up. And that would be the last goal of regulation and this one headed to overtime.
We got a point!
In the overtime period, who else but Kane to get the job done. Number 88 scored the game-winner in overtime with a backhand over the shoulder of Anderson.
Shots: Blackhawks 43 Senators 25
Player of the Game: Patrick Kane. Showtime always shows up in big moments. His OT goal stars the season the right note.
Most impressed with: Dominik Kahun. I knew very little about the German prospect coming into camp. But he earned praise from the coaching staff and fans fairly quickly. He’s really quick and has a knack for scoring. He had some great looks Thursday night and could be a staple on that top line with DeBrincat and Toews.
Least impressed with: Nick Shmaltz. He was 3-14 on faceoffs and did not look great with the puck tonight. The Bradon Saad-Schmaltz-Patrick Kane line has the potential to be one of the top scoring lines in the league but it starts at the dot. Something to follow this season.
Looking ahead: The Blackhawks will travel to St. Louis for a division matchup with the Blues on Saturday. The home opener is on Sunday against John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs.