The Chicago Blackhawks are putting together a nice start in a season in which they were projected to be amongst the worst in the National Hockey League. They still could end up being that bad but right now it doesn’t look like that is going to be the case.
They came in as underdogs against a great Los Angeles Kings team that believes they can make it to the playoffs this year. The Hawks got off to a good start when Jason Dickinson tipped one past Jonathan Quick to give them a 1-0 lead. This came just after the halfway point of the game.
About four minutes later, the Kings scored to tie the game at one and it would remain that way for the rest of the regulation time. As we know for sure, anything can happen in overtime of a hockey game when you get there.
Luckily, it went the way of the Blackhawks in this one as Jake McCabe found Jonathan Toews in front of the Los Angeles net and he didn’t miss. Toews’ seventh goal of the season was a much-needed game-winner for the Hawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks earned a quality overtime win against a great team.
This was a quality win as it was a close victory over a team that is considered to be better than them on paper. We are seeing lots of great things from them so far this year.
For one, Jonathan Toews’s seventh of the season is now only four shy of the 12 that he had a year prior. He hasn’t scored more than 18 sincere the 2018-19 season when he had 35. At 34 years old, he still has plenty of hockey left in the tank so it is really nice to see this resurgence.
Another notable player in the game is the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom. He made 32 saves on 33 shots which is very nice. He gave his team a chance to win and they barely did. There is a lot of hope for Soderblom going forward.
It is nice to see different players stepping up to help this team. Again, we don’t know how this season is going to go but there are reasons to be optimistic now. That wasn’t easy to say even a few months ago but they have made good decisions off the ice and played hard on the ice.
Their next chance to get a win will come on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Winnipeg Jets in Manitoba. That should be a great matchup with a division foe on the road. Hopefully, Toews and the guys continue to play above expectations.