The Chicago Blackhawks ended their preseason on a high note last night. With the score tied 3-3 in overtime, forward Andrew Shaw found the back of the net to give the Blackhawks the victory over the Washington Capitals. With this win, the Blackhawks finished the preseason with a 4-0-2 record.
Here are a few notes from last night's game:
- Defenseman Nick Leddy led the way for the Blackhawks with two goals and one assist. Leddy's playing time throughout last year's playoffs dropped significantly. That seems to have motivated Leddy as he is looking like he has something to prove while he is on the ice.
- The Blackhawks dominated throughout most of the game, but couldn't seem to capitalize on their chances. The Blackhawks outshot the Capitals 36-15 throughout the game and held a 38-24 advantage in the face off circle.
- Forward Jimmy Hayes continued his stellar performance with a nice goal against Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.
- Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin didn't have his greatest outing of the preseason. He wasn't tested that often, but when he was he looked a bit shaky. Khabibulin stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced.
In other news, the Blackhawks assigned forwards Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin to the Rockford IceHogs. Goaltender Antti Raanta was also assigned to Rockford. The roster is now at 24 players and they have to get down to 23 by Monday. The final spot will likely go to either defenseman Ryan Stanton or defenseman Mike Kostka.
We will continue to provide updates regarding the final roster as the Blackhawks get ready for a new season.
The regular season will begin on Tuesday, October 1. Fans in attendance will have a chance to see the Stanley Cup one more time, as well as see another banner get raised into the rafters at the United Center.
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