Fleury Wins No. 500, Toews FINALLY Scores, Poutine Party, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Fleury Wins No. 500, Toews FINALLY Scores, Poutine Party, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Chicago Blackhawks

Last night had it all for the Blackhawks.

Original Six matchup ✅
Jonathan Toews goal ✅
Shutout ✅
Marc-André Fleury 500th win ✅
Poutine ✅

It doesn’t get much better than that.

•   In his home province of Quebec, Fleury made 30 saves against the Canadiens, his childhood favorite team and earned his 500th career win. The Montreal crowd showing their respect to Fleury by chanting his name as the clock wound-down to the final horn.

•   With the shutout win, Fleury’s 69th in his career and second with the Blackhawks, he becomes the third goaltender in NHL history to reach 500 career wins. Even with Jonathan Toews ending his season-long goal-drought last night, the Blackhawks belt was always going to go to Fleury.

•   500 wins 18 years (and change) apart.

•   Fleury joins his childhood idol Patrick Roy and former head Team Canada teammate Martin Brodeur as the only three goaltenders to reach the 500-win club. Following last night’s win, Brodeur offered his congratulations to Fleury.

•   What better way to celebrate in Montreal than with some poutine right?!

•   I mean, I would celebrate every win with some poutine, but that’s just me.

•   Ok, yes, I want some poutine now.

•   As mentioned before, it was a big night across the board for the Blackhawks. On their way to getting a 2-0 shutout win over the Canadiens for Marc-André Fleury’s 500th, Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with a powerplay goal in the second period. His FIRST of the season.

•   Monkey off the back? How about an 800-pound Gorilla off the back of the Captain!

•   You could tell from his words and body language this season how much the goal-drought was weighing on Toews. As you could imagine, some of that probably weighed on his teammates, too. So even if they’re not the ones scoring the goal, seeing Toews get his first of the year might be a spark not only for him, but for the team as a whole.

•   Along with Toews’ first of the season, Henrik Borgström scored his second goal of the season, ending a goal-drought of his own, and served as the insurance goal in the 2-0 win last night. Between the last two games for Chicago, they have scored four goals and all four have been very significant to the individual who scored them.

•   Like I said, maybe getting one from these guys can open the floodgates for the rest of the team. Chicago needs to start scoring goals, desperately, if they are going to capitalize on their newly improved defensive efforts.

•   Last night, former Blackhawks and Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was in the building with his family, being honored by the Canadiens. Even though he was in Montreal, we can see from his kids where his loyalty still stands!

•   I mean, technically, he’s still a member of the Blackhawks, but yeah, still fun to see the Hawks sweaters on the kids.

•   In other organizational news, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs made a minor-league trade yesterday, sending defenseman Chad Krys to Toronto in exchange for forward Kurtis Gabriel.

•   Krys has been a career-AHL player since coming to the Blackhawks organization, while Gabriel has just 49 NHL games in his career, spanning parts of eight professional seasons. The Blackhawks will be in Toronto tomorrow and it is expected that Gabriel will join the team then. Still unsure if he will stay with Chicago or eventually report to the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.

•   In other NHL news, it is a bad idea to fight Zdeno Chara, even at 44-years-old.

•   This is not the first time Chara and Yakov Trenin have fought, but maybe it’ll be the last.

•   Chara may have won that fight for the Islanders, but they ultimately lost the game. They remain winless at their new UBS Arena and after CM Punk roasted the Islanders fans over their home record on Wednesday night, he took another shot following their loss last night.

•   The Islanders were the trendy pick this offseason to make it to the Stanley Cup Final after back-to-back trips to the third round in the playoffs the past two seasons, but with a 6-11-5 record, 0-5-2 at home, and a 1-9-3 record in their last 13 games, I don’t think they are on the right track to get back to the third round of the postseason, or even make the postseason again this season.

•   Also having issues at their home arena are the Arizona Coyotes. The City of Glendale has set a deadline for the team to pay-off nearly $1.4M in unpaid bills and taxes or face being locked out of Gila River Arena. Yesterday, the team announced that they had paid those debts and taxes, and Gary Bettman reassured us everything was fine. Well, not so fast, says the Glendale City Manager:

•   The Coyotes are really bad tenants.

•   In other league news, the Vancouver Canucks have hired Jim Rutherford to be the new Team President and serve as the interim General Manager.

•   Cross another name off of the list of potential candidates for the Blackhawks.

•   Speaking of needing a new General Manager, maybe the Blackhawks aren’t the only Chicago team looking to find a new person for the role…

•   Lance Briggs has been right before, you know.

•   Ending today with some more Flower Power, even if none of these involved the Blackhawks…

•   I’ll always remember the save at No. 2 in that video as the save that fired Mike Babcock.

•   That will do it for today. Hope you enjoy your TGIF Friday!



Author: Mario Tirabassi

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