A Walk Down Memory Lane, Stromers Future, Toronto Needs a Goaltender, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

It’s game day, and the Blackhawks are at the Garden tonight, so you know we have to start with this:

•   The Blackhawks are in Boston tonight, so it’s only fitting that we remember one of the greatest moments in franchise history at the top of the bullets this morning.

•   Trailing the Boston Bruins with less than two minutes to play in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, the Blackhawks did the unthinkable. First, it was Jonathan Toews finding Bryan Bickell in front of the net to tie the game with 1:16 left on the clock, and then it was Dave Bolland to give Chicago the lead with under a minute to play. 

•   Biggest bunch of beauty’s in the league, baby!

•   But seriously though, that 2013 Stanley Cup Finals was one of the best you’ll ever see. Triple overtime in Game 1 set the tone, and the wackiness never stopped. One of the most incredible series of all time and easily the most entertaining of the three Blackhawks Stanley Cups in the One Goal era. 

•   We love shin pads! 

•   All right, back to reality. Kyle Davidson has a ton of work to do before we can ever dream of living out more moments like that Boston series in 2013, starting with the trade deadline in less than two weeks. Dylan Strome has done a heck of a job rebuilding his stock on the current heater he’s riding, but should the Blackhawks cash in on that stock or ride it out?

•   The Blackhawks also have a handful of other players to look at dealing before the deadline, with four of them showing up on Frank Seravalli’s Top-40 Trade Targets. 

•   Of course, Marc-André Fleury’s name is in there, and as we’ve talked about at length, the Toronto Maple Leafs seems like an ideal trade partner for the Blackhawks in this deal, and the price of Fleury might have just gone up a bit. With starting goaltender Jack Campbell going down with a rib injury that will sideline him a minimum of two weeks, it might be time for the Leafs to get into desperation mode. 

•   After missing three months with a broken collarbone, Reese Johnson was activated from the IR and assigned to Rockford on Wednesday. Johnson scored a goal in his first game back with Rockford against the Iowa Wild.

•   17 seconds is wild, but how about less than one second on the clock!? 

•   But, TJ Oshie’s heroics went for naught as Connor McDavid walked this one off in overtime for the Edmonton Oilers. 

•   Kevin Lankinen gets the nod in net for the Blackhawks today. Lankinen allowed four goals in a losing effort in Philadelphia on Saturday and five goals against the New Jersey Devils in his previous start on February 25. 

•  Riley Stillman is in for Caleb Jones today, and Derek King is keeping Alec Regula in the lineup on the blue line. The rest of the lineup is the same, which means that we’re going to get to see the DeBrincat-Strome-Kane line back in action at The Garden tonight!

•   Is there literally anything more silly than the idea of trading for Carson Wentz?

•   Oh yeah, there is … 

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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