After a season where everything that could go right, went right, the Chicago Blackhawks won their banner raising game at United Center last night with a 3rd period comeback topped off by a very fluky game winner by defenceman Johnny Oduya.
Oduya sent a low point shot heading wide of the Caps cage, only to have goaltender Braydon Holtby stick out a glove, miss, and redirect the shot into his own net.
The Hawks trailed 4-3 in the 3rd period against the Washington Capitals last night, before the magic happened.
Sophomore Brandon Saad scored at the 7:55 mark of the 3rd to bring the Hawks level with the Caps. The defending Cup champs scored two more, totalling 3 unanswered to win the game 6-4.
So much for the curse of the Stanley Cup banner raising game.
A season ago, the Blackhawks were the team that ruined ‘Banner Day’ for the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. That Hawks win sparked a 24 game streak of earning at least a point.
Even the mighty Blackhawks couldn’t capture victory when they raised their Cup banner in a home opener against the Detroit Red Wings back in October of 2010.
The Chicago Blackhawks Always Find Ways To Win
In an NHL that prides itself on parity and equality, the Chicago Blackhawks can make post cap era history with another Presidents Trophy winning season and eventual Cup title. I know, it’s only Game 1 of 82, and anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Hawks continue to display an unbelievable knack for finding ways to win.
If you’ve ever watched an NHL game in your life, then you are already well aware of the Hawks heroics in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago trailed their 2nd round series 3-1 in games against rival the Detroit Red Wings. The Madison House Machine stormed back to win the series in Game 7 overtime.
In the Cup finals, the Hawks went down 2-1 in games to the apparent team of destiny the Boston Bruins. The Hawks chipped away, winning the next 3 games, ending the series in storybook fashion with two late goals in a Game 6 clincher. Actually, the Hawks winner against the Bruins in Game 6 was result of an almost identical point shot by Johnny Oduya. Like they say, “when you put the puck on net good things happen.”
Last night’s win at home, was a clear tone setter for the Blackhawks, who look to be the exact same monster they were last season. At some point this year, you’d assume they’ll hit a lull or stretch of mediocrity, like most teams do. However, they’re so in sync as a team that maybe they won’t slow down. We could be witnessing the most prolific modern day NHL dynasty since the Red Wings won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998.