Hawks After Dark, Delia's Hometown Heroics, DeBrincat Walks It Off in L.A., and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Hawks After Dark, Delia’s Hometown Heroics, DeBrincat Walks It Off in L.A., and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The Blackhawks after-dark show that we were treated to the last two nights actually turned out to be a whole lot more fun than initially anticipated. Obviously, winning cures all, so four points in two nights in Cali was just what the doctor ordered after the trade deadline shakeup in Chicago.

•   Collin Delia grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California, idolizing Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick. Last night, he got to go head-to-head with Quick, but he also beat him. On Thursday night, Delia stopped 43 of the 46 Kings shots as the Blackhawks stole two points from Los Angeles in a shootout victory.

•   Delia called last night’s victory “a memorable experience” getting to come out victorious over Jonathan Quick and the Kings:

•   Apparently, Derek King and the Blackhawks aren’t going to roll over and quit down the stretch as they’ve taken back-to-back contests against the Ducks and Kings in California, with a battle in Vegas awaiting them on Saturday. Maybe Dylan Strome was right in his post-game sentiment on Wednesday night that there’s plenty to play for down the stretch, or perhaps they’re buying into the spoiler role they can play. Maybe it’s a bit of both. Either way, it’s nice to see the team fighting for victories after the trade deadline.

•   Patrick Kane opened the scoring for the Blackhawks last night with a first-period goal, his 21st of the season. Kane now has eight points in his previous four games and 23 points in his last 11 games. Kane is on an absolute heater in March and is up to 76 points on the season.

•   Alex DeBrincat was next to join the party for the Blackhawks with his second-period goal that put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 after Trevor Moore scored a short-handed goal early in the frame. After Phillip Danault (yes, that Phillip Danault) evened things up at two-a-piece, Sam Lafferty got in on the action with a pretty move to beat Jonathan Quick in the crease.

•   Lafferty has been knocking on the door for a while, and he finally busted through with a beauty of a goal courtesy of an equally beautiful feed from Taylor Raddysh. Raddysh now has four points in four games with the Blackhawks.

•   Alex DeBrincat scored the only goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks topped the Kings 4-3. Because ESPN still sucks at covering the NHL despite their massive financial investment, you’ll have to peruse the extended highlights to see DeBrincat’s game-winner.


•   The Vegas Golden Knights are next on the schedule as the Blackhawks look to win their third in a row and cap off an unlikely perfect west coast trip during their Saturday afternoon contest in Sin City.

•   Here’s a fantastic story on Collin Delia and his California hockey fandom and upbringing by Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times:

•   We’re staying in between the pipes for a moment as we turn our attention to a good read on Kevin Lankinen by The Daily Herald’s John Dietz:

•   Brandon Hagel has his first goal in a Lightning sweater!

•   We’re a week away from the Brandon Hagel-Taylor Raddysh-Boris Katchouk revenge game when the Blackhawks visit Tampa Bay next Friday evening!

•   All is well that ends well in Vegas after the Evgenii Dadonov trade snafu earlier this week:

•   David Pastrnak netted a hat trick last night:


•   Get to know Clint Frazier a bit:

•   Things are getting ugly for the Bulls these days:

•   The Bears have enlisted the services of a familiar face at Halas Hall, inking former Northwestern signal-caller Trevor Siemian a two-year deal to back up Justin Fields:

•   That’s it for today; enjoy a five-pack of games tonight!


Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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