Blackhawks win over the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.
Preseason record: 2-2-1
I should be in a better mood, since the Blackhawks won. Or maybe I should be indifferent, because it’s still preseason. But instead?
I. Am. LIVID.
Why? This happened.
This ended up being a Pyrrhic victory if there ever was one. Not only did the Blackhawks lose Ben Smith due to this hit, they also lost Viktor Stalberg to a “lower body injury.” I don’t know how to feel about this game right now.
At least Kane proved me wrong by winning 67% (8/12) of his faceoffs tonight. (Also, he’s on Twitter. Check him out at @88PKane. Yes, it’s for real.)
10:36 CHI PPG Patrick Kane (1) – Assists: J. Toews (1) & D. Keith (1)
15:35 DET PPG Fabian Brunnstrom (1) – Assists: G. Nyquist (1) & B. Smith (1)
19:26 DET Drew Miller (1) – Assists: C. Conner (1) & C. Emmerton (1)
08:08 DET Fabian Brunnstrom (2) – Assists: C. Emmerton (2) & B. Smith (2)
09:37 CHI PPG Brent Seabrook (1) – Assists: D. Keith (2)
Captain Force of Nature Watch: A minus-1 on the night, but he did win 69% (11-16) of his faceoffs.
Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: +1. He had three assists on the night, too. I’ll wait for the regular season to start before I welcome him back, but it’s encouraging to see him making the effort in a game that doesn’t count.
Post-game quote from @ESPNChiHawks:
Coach Q: “Both referees said it’s a classic example …of the illegal hit. It was pretty black and white. I’m not happy about it.”