After Blackhawks rookie forward John Hayden scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs, he was even better Sunday against the Avalanche â?? two huge assists, five hits and a plus-3 differential in a 6-3 victory.
“Sometimes you get that first goal early on, it gives you some relief that you can play at this level,” said Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, who scored in his NHL debut in 2007 and ended up with a point in his first 10 games en route to being the runner-up for the Calder Trophy. “You believe in your skill and what you can do. System-wise, [Hayden's] getting more and more comfortable with being in the right place and eventually trusting his own instincts.”
While Hayden’s game-tying goal against the Leafs was an impressive snipe off a 2-on-1 feed from Toews, his net-front contribution in the victory over the Avalanche on Sunday night at the United Center bodes even better for the Hawks if he can sustain it.
Battling in front of the net â?? and holding his own â?? in the third period, Hayden had the …
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