The Blackhawks didn’t waste much time getting on the board in Sunday’s 6-2 win against the Red Wings. Five minutes into the action, Calvin de Haan put a shot on net and Pius Suter buried the rebound for his first career goal. Suter has fit in well on the Blackhawks’ top line with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat thus far. He has ten shots on goal in his first five career games.
Many wondered if Suter would ever score again, but luckily he silenced the doubters by scoring his second career goal just five minutes later. New addition Mattias Janmark found Suter on the back door to set up a power-play tally to extend the lead to two. The Blackhawks have now scored a power-play goal in each of their first six games of the season. Chicago has not accomplished such a feat since the 1990-91 season.
The Blackhawks had allowed just six shots on goal to this point, but the Red Wings were able to capitalize on a two-man advantage to make it a 2-1 Blackhawks lead early in the second period. The two teams traded chances at both ends until Connor Murphy finally broke through and fired a shot past Red Wings’ goaltender Jonathan Benier to extend his career-best point streak to four games. Murphy has played the most minutes on the team this season and has established himself as a top-pair defenseman.
Early in the third period, Kane showed off his sick hands to find Janmark backdoor for an easy tap-in to make it a three-goal game. The Red Wings would score their second power-play goal of the game, but Suter had more to say. With under eight minutes left, Suter elected to shoot on a two-on-one and buried his third goal of the game. Hockey world, meet Pius Suter.
And just because Detroit Sucks, Philipp Kurashev added another tally later in the third to seal the Blackhawks 6-2 victory.
Rookie netminder Kevin Lankinen started his third consecutive game for the Blackhawks and finished with 25 saves on 27 shots for a save percentage of .926% en route to his second NHL win.
Pius Suter exploded for his first three career goals to lead the way offensively. Suter’s hat trick once again shows the great ability of Blackhawks management to find players from Europe. Suter was named MVP of the Swiss National League last season and has fit in well with the Blackhawks early this season. Could he go on to become this year’s Dominik Kubalik? The scoring touch is definitely there.
The Blackhawks fourth line of Brandon Hagel, David Kampf, and Ryan Carpenter continued their strong play Sunday morning. In 8:01 of ice time, the line posted impressive possession numbers and generated 13 shot attempts while only allowing three. The line didn’t score, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Carpenter missed a wide-open net early in the second period and has yet to record his first point this season. Count on the fourth line scoring in the Blackhawks next game against the Predators.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks travel to Nashville on Tuesday night to take on the Predators at 7:00 PM CT. The Predators currently hold a 2-2-0 record on the season and have given up over three goals a game so far. They’ll battle the Dallas Stars tonight before welcoming the Blackhawks to town mid-week. Coming off a productive weekend, the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to three games.
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