The Blackhawks went up against the newest franchise of the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights at the newly built T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday Night. Like most road games for the Hawks, there was plenty of red among the numerous black and gold worn by the Golden Knights and their fans. The game was filled with many fights throughout the game as the two teams played each other for the very first time. The Kings continued their hot streak, winning 4-2 over the Hawks as they move up 7-1-0 while the Hawks drop to 5-3-2.
Having his first NHL start Oscar Dansk stopped 29 shots for the Golden Knights while Corey Crawford had 29 for the Hawks. The Knights frustrated the Hawks for most of the night after John Hayden, of the Hawks made a shorthanded goal early in the first period. His first goal of the season was quite impressive as he stole the puck from the Knights blue line, outskated defenders, and beat Danks to the goal scoring only three minutes into the game. However, the Hawks wouldn’t have too much luck after scoring this goal, as the Knight’s had a quick counterattack 26 seconds after the Hawks scored. William Karlsson shot the puck as it deflected off of Collin Miller, and into the goal. The game would continue to go downhill for Chicago as the Knights were able to score another goal during the first period. Forward Tomas Nosek shot it from the Hawks right circle, toward Crawford; but was tipped in by defenseman Deryk Engelland at 5:46.
When the second period came around, it looked as if both teams were playing more aggressive than in the first period. The Hawks had numerous shots that went off the post, only to be stopped by Dansk. As the Hawks attempted to clear the puck from their zone, Pierre-Eduouard Belllemare converted a goal from the slot after Ryan Hartman got two penalties (one for slashing, the other for roughing). This definitely took some momentum away from the Hawks, as they were also gassed after a four-minute penalty kill. That would be the only goal scored by either team in the second period.
As the third period came around, it became noticeable that the Hawks had little offensive flow. It seemed like the Knights were on their game, and weren’t going to end their hot win streak. The Knights scored their fourth and final goal midway through the period when Jonathon Marchessault had a wrist shot from the left circle at 10:20 in the third period. They scored that goal on a powerplay as Brent Seabrook got sent to the box for hooking David Perron. The Hawks were finally able to score one more goal near the end of the period as Patrick Kane got his fifth goal of the season.
Coach Quenneville said in a post-game interview that it’s “likely” he will make some changes to the lines before Friday’s game against the Predators (4-3-2) who are currently fifth place in the Central Division.