In front of a crowd of over twenty thousand at a rowdy United Center Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks tied an NHL record to go along with their 4-3 win over rival Vancouver Canucks. There was no shortage of excitement on the ice, which ended with Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scoring in a shootout for a nail-biting Chicago victory. With this win the Blackhawks join the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams to record at least one point in the first sixteen games of a season. The Ducks started that year at 12-0-4 and actually went on to win the Stanley Cup. Do the Chicago Blackhawks have what it takes to keep it going? Mark Rivkin doesn’t think so, and despite a loss to the Tampa Bay Lighting on Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still our pick!
Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp scored in regulation to dominate the Chicago offense. Chris Higgins was the only Canucks shooter to get the puck by Emery in the shootout, but Andrew Shaw scored the game-winner. Ray Emery earned the win despite yielding two Canucks goals late in the third period, but the Blackhawks goalie did improve his personal record to 12-0-3 on home ice since joining the team. A scary moment for the Hawks came during the third-period when Hossa hit the ice after receiving a forearm to the back of the head from the Canucks’ Yannik Hansen, and had to leave the game.
In other NHL news from the ice, the Maple Leafs suffered an unfortunate loss to the Lighting Tuesday night, which also thwarted Ben Scrivens’ opportunity for a third consecutive shutout. Tampa Bay’s Stamkos scored his tenth goal, and Vincent Lecavalier, Alexander Killorn and Matthew Carle also scored for the Lightning in their 4-2 victory over Toronto. Tampa Bay has now won two in a row after a disappointing 0-5-1 run. Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk scored the Maple Leafs two goals and the team is now 7-3-0 on the road this season. Mark Rivkin still has faith in his beloved Leafs!