54 shots! It looked like me dominating my brother in NHL19 at the United Center tonight. Yikes.
After an exciting win in Columbus Saturday night, the Blackhawks got rolled by the Tampa Bay Lightning in front of their home crowd Sunday night falling 6-3. Cam Ward made 49 saves in the loss and believe it or not, kept them in the game. The Blackhawks defense was atrocious. It’s back to the drawing board as Joel Quenneville and the guys prepare for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday at the UC.
Congratulations to Alexandre Fortin as he scored his first NHL goal in the first period. In his brief time in Chicago, Fortin has displayed his speed and could stick in the lineup. I want him in there and fans do too. He’s an exciting young player and the first of many prospects that we will see skate on Madison Street in the coming years.
Oh where oh, where has my Captain gone: After a fast start, Jonathan Toews has not found the back of the net since the home opener on October 7th vs. Toronto. He was credited with 5 shots on goal Sunday night and led all forwards in ice time. I’m not worried one bit but I hope we see Toews light the lamp and cue some Chelsea Dagger on Tuesday.
Nick Schmaltz tallied his first of the season on the power play in the third period on a nice feed from Brent Seabrook. Hopefully, that strike get’s him going.
Brandon Davidson was in the lineup for the second game in a row for Brandon Manning. He totaled just 13:45 of ice time, the lowest among the Blackhawks defenseman and had two giveaways but did pick up the secondary assist on David Kampf’s goal.
Are the Lightning good or what? They got all the chances they wanted and then some. They exposed the Blackhawks defense, badly, as they moved to 5-1-1 on the season. This is a special group and they will only get better. Stanley Cup bid? I’d put money on them.