A couple quick goals from the Vegas Golden Knights had the Chicago Blackhawks and its fans likely muttering ‘here we go again.’ Turns out it didn’t matter in the slightest.
An overtime winner from Philipp Kurashev sealed the Blackhawks 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights Friday night. On their only power play of the game, Chicago cashed in big, snapping its three-game losing streak and handing Vegas its first of the season.
The Blackhawks rallied to tie things up at two by the end of the first with goals from Ryan Donato and Connor Bedard. Taylor Raddysh put Chicago up 3-2 early in the third but the Golden Knights would even things up. But it was a pair of gut check penalty kills that really won it for the Blackhawks.
Outside of the fight the Hawks gave, kudos to a penalty kill late in the third that kept Vegas from potting the winning goal. Chicago were a man down again after Seth Jones was whistled for an infraction with 2:26 left in the game.
Another penalty. Another kill. 88.5% efficiency through eight games. Kurashev made sure the effort wasn’t in vain.
But their best game of the season came after a brutal opening stanza.
Bedard on the Board
They couldn’t disallow one tonight. On a beautiful individual effort from Nick Foligno, Bedard snapped a shot past Adin Hill to tie the game up at two. It gave Bedard his third goal of the season, and wash
Injuries Catch A Few Blackhawks
Jason Dickinson was shaken up after taking a puck to the lower body. He’d return. But Alex Vlasic wasn’t as fortunate.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) October 27, 2023
Vlasic would not return and that will be one to watch as it will shift a few things for Chicago. Vlasic has been very good for the Blackhawks and had an assist on the Bedard goal earlier in the game.