The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed a step slow late to turn things around before it was too late. The Boston Bruins provided a more bruising lesson to the Blackhawks during its 3-1 victory Wednesday night.
Though Connor Bedard would get his first goal of the season, the Bruins finished their checks, and toyed a bit with the youngters where they could. David Pastrnak’s winning goal had Wyatt Kaiser trying to defend the pass when he was shooting the whole way. Bedard ended up getting a how-do-you-do from Brad Marchand near the benches.
John Beecher blasted Cole Guttman into the boards before he was met by Jason Dickinson sekeing retribution. It wasn’t the same result as the win over the Pittsburgh Penguins but it was a good lesson for the Blackhawks, one that they’ll remember down the road and use as a way to alter the result.
I think what I’ve learned is watching the anticipation from fans and analysts alike every time Bedard has the puck. That will die down in time, but it’s certainly reminiscent of when Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and Auston Matthews entered the league.
Speaking of Matthews, he torched the Montreal Canadiens for three goals in opening night. That’ll be a fun one to watch when the Blackhawks meet up next week with the Maple Leafs.
Finally, one more Bruins related note. This piece from Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy on Nick Foligno’s mark on Boston is worth a read. Great story–great quotes, too. There’s a reason the Hawks signed him–much of it is here.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- Gotta See it: Bedard gets his first goal but the Blackhawks drop the game 3-1
- A little AM Analysis looks at the speed and space created by the Blackhawks rookies
- Catch your breath a bit and look back at the Blackhawks Two Truths and a Lie just two day ago. Maybe some foreshadowing for the first pair of games?
Western Conference Wrap
Colorado Hockey Now: Bowen Byram could have been taken by the Blackhawks. Instead he slipped to the Colorado Avalanche. The young defenseman talks about how he only worries about what’s in his control (+)
Nashville Hockey Now: Where will the Nashville Predators end up in the Central? Here’s a look from the NHN staff and also where they peg the Blackhawks to finish
San Jose Hockey Now: How does this year’s San Jose Sharks roster stack up against last year’s?
Vegas Hockey Now: Brett Howden will be missing a pair of games for the Vegas Golden Knights after taking a match penalty against the Seattle Kraken