Game On? COVID Updates, Overtime History, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Game On? COVID Updates, Overtime History, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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I’m going to get right to it this morning, because information could change throughout the day leading up to tonight’s scheduled game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

•   As far as we are know right now, tonight’s game is scheduled as planned at the United Center for a 6 p.m. CT start.

•   But of course, the Blackhawks canceled yesterday’s morning practice due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

•   Later in the afternoon yesterday, Ryan Carpenter and Nicolas Beaudin were added to the NHL COVID-19 Protocol list. They joined Alex DeBrincat, Adam Boqvist, and Lucas Wallmark on the list of Blackhawks players to be placed in COVID-19 Protocol.

•   This morning, the Blackhawks heled their morning skate, but it was closed to the media.

•   It is possible that tonight’s game status could change, but again, it is set to go off at 6 p.m. as planned.

•   The Blue Jackets did not have any players added to the COVID-19 Protocol list as of Sunday morning. In training camp, Columbus had to cancel a day of practice after holding out 17 players due to precaution, but the next day 15 of those players returned to the ice. So scares like these can happen without complete postponements.

•   COVID is a problem that leagues are just trying to deal with as best as they can to continue to operate and it’s not just in the major leagues. The NWHL and AHL have had COVID-related issues in the past week, including the Metropolitan Riveters pulling out the the NWHL season, and a preseason game between the San Jose Barracuda and Henderson Silver Knights suspended in the second intermission.

•   This is exhausting.

•   Ok, here’s some fun stuff.

•   Connor McDavid continues to be a human highlight reel:

•   That wouldn’t be his only goal of the night, either. In fact, McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Alex Ovechkin all scored overtime-winners within a ten minute span last night. It marked the first time in NHL history that three former No. 1 overall draft picks scored an overtime goal on the same day.

•   In fact, there were five overtime goals scored last night in a matter of 30 minutes. Wouldn’t it be cool if the NHL had a channel dedicated to following every game’s big moments and could jump from game to game when those moments occurred, so you’d never miss big goals and overtime winners and highlight plays all in real-time? Does anything like that exist in sports broadcasting and entertainment? I wonder…

•   Finally, a Happy 34th Birthday to former Blackhawk and 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Brandon Bollig!

•   Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Author: Mario Tirabassi

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