Blackhawks shake off rust in preseason win over Red Wings


Blackhawks shake off rust in preseason win over Red Wings

Trevor Daley's welcome to Chicago moment came in his Blackhawks debut — albeit preseason — after he registered the game-winning goal in a 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center.

"It was pretty special," Daley, who finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov in overtime, said after the game. "I've never had an exhibition game like this before. Even last night was a little overwhelming too. These fans are awesome. It's a fun atmosphere to be in."

It's the first time the Blackhawks experienced a 3-on-3 overtime situation, which was implemented to help reduce the amount of games ending in a shootout.

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And it ended up in their favor on Tuesday.

"I think it's great," Jonathan Toews, who registered a goal and an assist in the win, said of the new overtime format. "It gives us a chance to finish it with the players on the ice. ... It's a new element of the game that we're gonna have to get used to, but it was a lot of fun for sure."

The Blackhawks picked up right where they left off the last time they played a game on home ice jumping out to a three-goal lead.

Kyle Baun opened the scoring 7:16 into the game, showing impressive concentration by swatting the puck from mid-air while falling down near the top of the crease.

Less than a minute later, Toews, who already looks to be in regular-season form, gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with a wrister that beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard short side.

Teuvo Teravainen added to the scoring early in the second, but the Red Wings went on to score four of the next five goals, sending the game to overtime, which the Blackhawks went on to win.

“I thought we had a real good start to the game, good pace, good energy," Coach Joel Quenneville said. "They had a good third period, got themselves back into it. Great finish.”

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Ryan Garbutt registered his first goal in a Blackhawks uniform early in the third, while Anthony Mantha, Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Luke Glendening each scored for the Red Wings.

Scott Darling showed no signs of rust, stopping all 22 shots — many of them high-quality — he faced in nearly 30 minutes of action.

"A little shaky at first, but the more the shots came, I felt a little bit better," Darling said. "Slowly but surely getting back into it. Those scrimmages down at Notre Dame were nice to shake the rust off and get used to real hockey plays, not just goalie training."

Many of the Red Wings' top players — including former Blackhawks center Brad Richards — did not play and will likely do so Wednesday night when the Blackhawks travel to Joe Louis Arena.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."