The Chicago Blackhawks â€œDynastyâ€ team started the preseason off with three high-scoring wins, setting their preseason record to 2-1-1 for the first two weeks of play.
The team looked strong in its preseason opener against the Detroit Red Wings, finishing off the night with a 5-4 overtime win. Chicago started the scoring early courtesy of Jonathan Toews and Kyle Baun, who gave the Hawks a two-goal lead in the first period. Â The scoring continued for Chicago in the second when Teuvo Teravainen scored the teamâ€™s third goal in the sixth minute. Detroit finally put a puck into the back of the net at 14:55 in the second by the stick of Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings went onto score three unanswered goals in the third period to take the game into 3-on-3 overtime. Â The overtime period ended just over a minute into play when Trevor Daley scored his first career goal, during his first NHL game.
Chicago and Detroit played again the next night in Detroit where the Wings put on a show for their fans. Tomas Tatarâ€™s hat trick led the Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Tatar scored the lone goal in the first period and then completed the hat trick with two goals in the third. Andrew Shawâ€™s power-play goal in the second period would be the only goal for Chicago.
The next two games for the Blackhawks made up for the loss in Detroit, as the Hawks beat Montreal 5-1 on Friday night and St. Louis 3-1 on Saturday. Friday night turned into a scoring frenzy for the Blackhawks, who scored three goals in the first period. The upside for Montreal was the goal by Zach Kassian, which he scored 25 seconds into the second period. The Blackhawks went onto score two more goals in the contest, crushing the Canadiens. Saturday night was the most tame, scoring wise, for the Blackhawks, who only scored three goals in the game. The power play proved to be the biggest factor for Chicago in the match-up with St. Louis, with Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith both finding the back of the net during a man-up situation. Brent Seabrook, who signed an eight-year contract extension earlier that day, scored the third and final goal for the Blackhawks.