Bulldozing to a Victory, Reichel's Debut, NHL All-Stars, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Bulldozing to a Victory, Reichel’s Debut, NHL All-Stars, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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It was fitting last night that the Blackhawks would win a game on Andrew Shaw Legacy Night in the most “Andrew Shaw” way possible. Part of Shaw’s legacy with the Blackhawks is how he scored big-time goals in unconventional ways or had those goals disallowed because of how bizarre they were (See: The headbutt goal). So to honor Shaw, the Blackhawks won a game where the winning goal had to be reviewed twice in overtime.

•   Chicago escaped the Montreal Canadiens, the last-place team in the NHL, with a 3-2 overtime win last night. They nearly avoid losing to the last-place team in the league twice in the same week after dropping a 6-4 game to the Arizona Coyotes on January 6.

•   Philipp Kurashev scored the game-winner in overtime, and yeah, like I said, unconventional…

•   It’s not his fault that he bulldozed Montreal’s goaltender, but it counted nonetheless after not one but two reviews on the play.

•   With the win, the Blackhawks have themselves a little winning streak now with three-in-a-row. It comes at a good time since they had dropped their previous six games (0-3-3) before this streak began.

•   Helping the Blackhawks get back in the game last night, scoring his first goal in over a month, was Patrick Kane.

•   Kane had said this season was one of his most frustrating, and it makes sense since he is on the lowest goal-scoring pace of his career. When you’re a player not far removed from back-to-back 40-goal seasons, scoring at a 17-goal pace is no fun. Hopefully, getting back in the goal column can spark an onslaught of goals for Kane.

•   Unfortunately, it would be too late for him to make his case to be an NHL All-Star. Kane will not be going to Vegas, but Alex DeBrincat will be! The Blackhawks’ leader in goals this season is heading to his first All-Star Game after getting the nod yesterday.

•   Pretty awesome and well-deserved for DeBrincat, who, unlike Kane, is on pace for 50 goals this season.

•   Here’s the complete list of who will be headed to the NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas on February 4-5.

•   Seth Jones was named the representative from the Blackhawks for the “Last Man In” vote, which is open this weekend.

•   Another big storyline from last night’s game was the NHL debut for Blackhawks 2020 first-round pick Lukas Reichel. After beginning the season with the IceHogs in the AHL and leading them in goals (11) and points (20), Reichel was called-up to the active roster and put right in the middle of the top line between Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane.

•   While he didn’t get to set up a goal for Kane, though he tried, Reichel’s debut was not too bad.

•   His stay with the Blackhawks this season will likely be short. He’s OK with it, and so should we be. The long-term plan is the goal for Reichel, and last night was an excellent first step in his NHL development.

•   He showed flashes of what makes him an exciting prospect and the top forward in the Chicago farm system.

•   He’ll likely stay in the lineup through the weekend with the Blackhawks hosting the Ducks tomorrow night. From there, we’ll see.

•   In roster move news today, the Blackhawks are sending three players to the IceHogs for tonight and tomorrow’s AHL slate of games.

•   In Olympic Hockey news, the Blackhawks will be represented on the Women’s and Men’s U.S. Hockey teams. With Kendall Coyne-Schofield on the Women’s roster already, goaltending prospect Drew Commesso was selected to the Men’s team yesterday!

•   The Athletic’s Sean Gentille and Corey Pronman have more on Commesso and the rest of the U.S. Men’s roster…

•   Another former Blackhawk heading to the Olympics will be the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Michael Frolik with the Czech team.

•   And add another former Blackhawk to the list today as Team Canada announced their coaching staff this morning, including former head coach Jeremy Colliton.

•   That’s still pretty cool, no matter how you feel about Colliton from his time in Chicago.

•   Here’s a wild stat…

•   And here’s that same stat, but with a Blackhawks flavor…

•   I have a feeling that number is going to continue to increase for Chicago, especially once we get closer to the March 21 NHL Trade Deadline.

•   Hey, siblings, amirite? 🤷🏻‍♂️

•   In the mood for another laugh? Connor McDavid is human…

•   From laughs to applause, a history-making night for the Los Angeles Kings and athletic trainer Aisha Visram!

•   Last night, the Flyers and Bruins faced each other in Boston. It was also Kevin Hayes’ first game back in his “hometown” since the passing of his brother, former Bruin (and former Blackhawk) Jimmy Hayes. Here’s the ESPN feature on Kevin and his family from Emily Kaplan.

•   It doesn’t get much better than Kevin and his nephew, Jimmy’s oldest son Beau…

•   Love that.

•   That will do it for today. I hope you all enjoy your TGIF Friday!


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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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