Hagel Pots a Pair, Kane Keeps on Climbing, DeBrincat's Goal Streak Continues, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Hagel Pots a Pair, Kane Keeps on Climbing, DeBrincat’s Goal Streak Continues, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The unluckiest of bounces was gave the Boston Bruins a “17-second” moment of their own on Thursday night as they knocked the Blackhawks off in a heartbreaker at the TD Garden.

•   The Blackhawks dropped a heartbreaker to the Boston Bruins at The Garden last night, but Brandon Hagel scored a pair of goals and beat Patrick Kane in their race to 20 goals this season. In the second period, Hagel put the Blackhawks on top with his 19th of the season.

•   Hagel froze all five Boston skaters with a beauty of a wrap-around to put the Blackhawks on top 2-1 in the second period. Early in the third period, as a Blackhawks power play expired, Hagel potted his second of the night, this one to even the game at three-a-piece in the final frame.

•   Before Hagel netted his two markers on the night, Alex DeBrincat got the Blackhawks on the board with his 34th goal of the season, extending his goal streak to five games early in the first period.

•   DeBrincat now has 55 points on the season, and he’s within striking distance of his career-high 41 goals (2018-19) and his second career 60-point season with 23 games remaining on the schedule for the Blackhawks.

•   Patrick Kane assisted on the goal as he and DeBrincat played the odd-man rush to perfection, and Kane logged his 12th assists in his last five contests. More importantly, Kane moved into a tie with Bobby Hull for the second spot on the Blackhawks’ all-time points leaderboard with 1,153 points. Kane passed Denis Savard earlier this season to move into the second spot on the franchise’s assists leaderboard with 730. Kane only trails Stan Mikita in both the assists and points departments now, and at 33-years-old and plenty still left in the tank, Kane could be flirting with dethroning Mikita in a few years.

•   Kane might have tied Bobby Hull last night, but he owes Brandon Hagel some money, it seems …

•   Hagel’s two-goal performance was seen by 17 scouts in attendance Thursday night, and he’ll surely continue to be discussed as a potential trade candidate over the next 10 days as we wait for the NHL trade deadline to come and pass.

•   Speaking of the NHL trade deadline, Kyle Davidson joined Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis on the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast and discussed the logic behind bringing Norm Maciver back to Chicago, his first week of being the new GM of the Blackhawks, and more. It’s a brief listen, and there’s nothing groundbreaking on it, but it’s worth your time if you’ve got 25 minutes at some point today and you’d like to hear from Davidson.


•   Blackhawks VP of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner checked in at No. 9 in Sportsnet’s 2022 installment of their ’25 Most Powerful Women in Hockey.’

•   Downers Grove native and USA Hockey legend Cammi Granato and he c0-assistant general manager in Vancouver Emilie Castonguay were named No. 2/3 on the list. Granato became the NHL’s first full-time female scout in 2019 with the Seattle Kraken before taking the AGM job in Vancouver this year.

•   Some news from the Chicago Blackhawks’ ECHL affiliate in Indianapolis:

•   Jack Eichel was dancing on Buffalo’s grave last night with this jab after his return to Buffalo as a visitor:

•   The Athletic’s newest power rankings are up, and the Blackhawks … climbed two spots? All righty.


• We’ve got plenty of good hockey on tonight!


•   Enjoy a weekend chocked full of MLB transactions as offseason 2.0 is officially here:

•   I’m going to miss No. 52:

•   I’ll leave you with this madness:


Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.