Ian Mitchell: Extra-Time Specialist, Haircut Scandal, Gretzky's Mansion, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Ian Mitchell: Extra-Time Specialist, Haircut Scandal, Gretzky’s Mansion, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Chicago Blackhawks

Waking up on a Sunday morning to Chicago Blackhawks hockey is a rare treat. Even though the matchup is between two poor teams, still being able to watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Blackhawks on National TV feels good. The NHL wants their Original Six teams to be main attractions and the league is better when they are.

Along that train of thought, the Red Wings and Blackhawks are pushed as main attractions, but are more or less undercard-worthy right now. The New York Rangers are on the up-swing, while the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs continue to put butts in seats. If the Blackhawks can put on a show on the main stage Sunday morning/afternoon, it’ll be a throwback to a feeling when they were the NHL’s main attraction, even just for an afternoon.

•   The star of the show from Friday night, Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen will be the starter again on Sunday. He earned his first career NHL win in his second career NHL start, making 30 saves on 31 shots faced and has been in net for all three points in the standings for Chicago. He’s made the first step forward in the starting goaltender battle.

•   Chicago held Saturday practice yesterday and a major scandal arose surrounding defenseman Duncan Keith and his glorious mane:

•   It was a good run.

•   Also developing from Blackhawks practice on Saturday was the emergence of Ian Mitchell as some kind of overtime specialist:

•   Also, a shootout specialist now too:

•   Pretty impressive for the rookie who has been making strides in the first handful of games in the NHL.

•   Calvin de Haan scored his first goal of the season on Friday, with Mitchell earning an assist on the play for his first career NHL point. de Haan has a streak of three-straight seasons scoring just one goal, with his last multi-goal season coming with the New York Islanders in 2016-17, where he scored five goals. He and Chicago Sun-Times reporter Ben Pope had a light-hearted exchange over this on Twitter:

•   Every once in a while I have to be reminded that Twitter is free to use.

•   What isn’t free is Wayne Gretzky’s mansion that is up for sale in California:

•   Just a cool $22.9M price tag. Not a big deal.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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