(CTN News) – On Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 at United Center thanks to Connor Bedard’s third straight goal and Petr Mrazek’s 38 saves.
The Blackhawks (4-6-0) hadn’t played since losing 8-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. It was Hall’s first goal with the team.
We bounced back in the first period,” Mrazek said. Our practice this week paid off, as we showed what we could do.”
Panthers (5-4-1) trailed 3-0 in the first period and 4-0 early in the second period to the Blackhawks. A total of 19 saves were made by Anthony Stolarz for the Panthers.
Despite being outshot 14-6 in the first period, Florida held a 19-7 lead in the second period and a 15-3 lead in the third period.
According to Panthers coach Paul Maurice, the first period was difficult for the team. The game will be completed in 246 periods. I hope that was our worst performance to date. It is well deserved. Their skating was difficult. They had a difficult game (at Arizona). Coach Luke Richardson’s focus was evident. The next two periods were probably the most dominant in our history. It’s not so much about making amends, but finding a way out after the first period.
It was a good night for energy. The start time wasn’t communicated to us. “I miscalculated the time.”
The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead at 6:25 of the first period thanks to a power play goal by Nick Foligno. Foligno scored with a wrist shot after Seth Jones’ shot from the blue line struck Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling.
The score became 2-0 when Nikita Zaitsev scored in the slot off a Kurashev pass at 9:21. Zaitsev’s season-opening goal was his first.
At 12:39, Hall made it 3-0. A cross-ice pass from Dickinson allowed him to skate in on Stolarz and put the puck between his pads. Following a trade with the Boston Bruins on June 26, Hall missed three games due to a shoulder injury.
Bedard’s fifth goal of the season made it 4-0 at 5:29 of the second period. In the neutral zone, he picked up the puck after a Florida turnover, skated down the left side, and shot past Stolarz.
During his 16:19 of ice time, Blackhawks, Bedard took two shots on goal. In the second period, the 18-year-old rookie center blocked a shot by Forsling and went to the bench wincing.
In Richardson’s opinion, he was in an awkward position, approximately ten feet away, where the injury was more severe. The thing is, you know what? All the right things were done, stayed in the lane. It really lifted our bench. It’s nice to see a young guy doing that. His game just kind of solidified.”
An Ekman-Larsson wrist shot just inside the blue line at 6:33 of the third period made it 4-1.
By poking in Carter Verhaeghe’s rebound at 12:29, Tkachuk brought Florida within 4-2. The goal was Tkachuk’s 500th NHL point (194 goals, 306 assists).
To be honest, it doesn’t mean much today. I’ve played with some great players, so I’m lucky. We received it immediately. Giving up three goals and then a fourth is too hard to recover from. However, we were close and had some chances. A 3- or 4-0 deficit puts you in a terrible position.”
A Kurashev Blackhawks goal sealed the 5-2 victory at 19:50.
“It was definitely a great first period,” Kurashev said. “Second, they took the momentum, but Petr played an amazing game, and he kept us in the game. We did a good job weathering the storm.”