The Chicago Blackhawks began the night with a bit of celebration. They didn’t play that well on their road trip but Patrick Kane played in his 1000th career game during it. They came home and honored him with a little bit of a ceremony. Because of COVID-19 protocol, the Florida Panthers were not allowed to come out during the ceremony but Joel Quenneville came out to see it. It was really nice to see as the team honored one of its all-time greatest players.
The Chicago Blackhawks knew that Tuesday’s game was a must-win contest.
The Hawks caught a little bit of a break before the game started as Florida’s best player, Aleksander Barkov, left warmups with an injury. They knew they needed to take advantage of one of the best two-way players in the National Hockey League not playing.