CHICAGO – Only a Connor Bedard goal could raise an already loud United Center to another level.
The crescendo had been building throughout all of the evening. From the pre-game red carpet moment where players arrived to the hype video right down to the stirring tribute to late owner Rocky Wirtz.
The National Anthem, always loud, could barely be heard in the first few words. Before the puck even dropped, the Madhouse was raucous.
Connor Bedard sent it into bedlam.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) October 22, 2023
Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks Don’t Wait To Get on the Board
With the defending Stanley Cup champions in town and a tough 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the rear view, the Blackhawks didn’t waste a lot of time getting on the board.
After a faceoff loss, Bedard was all alone when the pass found him. He calmly drifted into the high slot and ripped a shot into the net for his second goal of the season–and his first in Chicago.
It quiets–for now–some poo-poohing the intense media attention and cult-like following Bedard has received since the Blackhawks season started back on October 10th against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But that shot that has dazzled so many and beaten just about as many goalies was on full display Saturday night.
It was only fitting that the first goal score on home ice would be by the guy the fans came out in droves to see. Whether it was the deafening roar when Bedard skated out at his introduction to the loud cheer when he won the opening faceoff, everything is coming up Bedard in Chicago.
Especially when the puck is going into the net.