Holy Jumpin! Andreas Athanasiou Scored the Blackhawks' First Home Goal -- on a Penalty Shot!

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Holy Jumpin! Andreas Athanasiou Scored the Blackhawks’ First Home Goal — on a Penalty Shot!

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Before the Blackhawks’ home opener started, we asked on Twitter who would score the first home goal this season. The options: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews or the field.

The answer: Andreas Athanasiou.

And he did it on a penalty shot at 5:41 into the second period.

Between 1991 and 2009, the Blackhawks converted only one of 23 penalty shot opportunities. This was the first time a Blackhawks skater has converted one since Jonathan Toews did it on March 11, 2019 (my younger brother’s birthday).

Oh, and in almost 100 years, how often has a Blackhawks skater done it against Detroit?


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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab