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See You in March, Goalie Swap, the Great Eight’s Iconic Goal, No-Chill Voráček, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking for their first win of the season when they head three and a half hours southeast from Tampa to Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers on Sunday. For the Blackhawks, they’ll be able to put the Lightning in their rearview mirror until the beginning of March. Not every game is going to see such a talent gap between the Blackhawks and their opponents, and I have a feeling that Sunday’s contest will be a breath of fresh air for Chicago and the fan base.

Before we move on to the Panthers series, let’s take a final moment to digest the second game of the season.

•   Collin Delia was in net for the Blackhawks in game two against the Lightning and allowed the same amount of goals that Malcolm Subban allowed in game one. Delia faced four more shots (37) than Subban did (33), but both were left with moments and goals that they would like to forget. Needless to say the goaltending position battle was not settled against the Lightning. Both Delia and Subban showed some flashes against Tampa Bay that made me feel like if they can tap into those stretches of play or those moments more often, there will be better nights ahead for the tandem in net.

•   Friday night was Delia’s first NHL start since February 22, 2019 and his first NHL action since March 13 of that same season.

•   That being said, why not give Kevin Lankinen a game or two coming up here? You have nothing to lose at this point in the season.

•   A positive that came out of game two, the Blackhawks were 3/3 on the penalty-kill. An improvement from their 2/4 penalty-kill performance on Wednesday night. Any time you can shutout a team as stacked as Tampa Bay is with their powerplay units, is a good building block.

•   I feel like I need to keep making the same point, even just for my own sanity, but not every game is going to be against such a talented Lightning team. Between Sunday and March 4, the Blackhawks will have more evenly matched games. It’ll be OK.

•   Ok more positives: Philipp Kurashev played great in his first NHL game. Taking the lineup spot for Brandon Pirri, Kurashev looked like he belonged in the NHL and had a few chances of his own in the offensive zone. Said it last night, I don’t see any reason that Kurashev shouldn’t be playing on a nightly basis.

•   Couple more thoughts from head coach Jeremy Colliton:

•   Fair point.

•   Chicago’s first period on Friday night was clearly the best period of the six they have played so far this season.

•   Alex DeBrincat had a two-point night for the Blackhawks, including his first goal of the season. Chicago will need DeBrincat to be back to his 2018-19 form which saw him score 41 goals. Getting him in the goal column early this season should give him some confidence moving forward and if the DeBrincat-Strome-Kane line can produce like they did in the second period on Friday night, Chicago will be better for it.

•   Speaking of the DeBrincat-Strom-Kane line, what a setup here:

•   Patrick Kane is so nasty. League’s best backhand shot.

•   Speaking of nasty goals, happy 15th anniversary to Alex Ovechkin for scoring one of the most iconic goals of his career:

 

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•   The Penguins-Flyers game last night provided plenty to talk about this morning. First off, Gritty was up to their usual shenanigan’s:

 

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•   What a cannon!

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•   And then in the postgame, Flyers forward Jakub Voráček went off on Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski:

•   We are all Travis Konecny after that exchange. For context on the relationship between Voráček and Sielski, we go to Twitter:

•   Incredible. Enjoy your Saturday!



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.