After a strong NHL debut, Kirby Dach broke through in the first period.
The Vegas Golden Knights came to Chicago in the midst of a stretch of four games in six days and the Hawks got after them early. Chicago out-shot Vegas 12-8 in the first period and got on the board first.
Dach scored his first career NHL goal at 16:15 into the first. Olli Maatta and Dylan Strome were credited with the assists, and Erik Gustafsson reportedly collected the souvenir from the net for the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The Blackhawks out-shot the Golden Knights 12-9 in the second period and the penalty kill unit did tremendous work to maintain the one-goal lead.
After two periods the Hawks’ defense was on point and Dach had the only goal. Chicago’s power play was 0-for-4 but Vegas’ was as well.
When the third period began Connor Murphy wasn’t on the bench.
Marc-Andre Fleury went to the bench with two minutes left in regulation and the Golden Knights made it pay. Mark Stone set up Nick Holden with a pretty pass and he was able to beat Robin Lehner to tie the game with 93 seconds left.
Vegas out-shot the Hawks 15-7 in the third period and the game went to overtime.
Lehner faced 32 shots in regulation; Fleury faced 31.
Duncan Keith (25:54) was the only Chicago defenseman over 20 minutes when regulation ended.
Gustafsson was on the ice with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to begin overtime. That trio was stuck on the ice for more than 60 seconds to begin the overtime period but were able to get off without any damage.
David Kampf broke up a breakaway nicely in the middle of the overtime to prevent a shot on net but the passing wasn’t very good for Chicago in the extra session.
With 98 seconds left in the overtime Toews went to the box for tripping.
Chicago sent out Keith, Calvin de Haan and Ryan Carpenter to start the 4-on-3 penalty kill and they did well to eventually get the puck out. Kampf replaced Carpenter and Lehner made a marvelous save with 22.8 seconds left.
Five extra minutes couldn’t decide the game so we headed to the skills challenge.
Toews scored on the first shot of the shootout. Former Blackhawk Brandon Pirri shot first for Vegas and was denied.
Kane shot second and was rejected by Fleury. Jonathan Marchessault then converted for Vegas.
Alex DeBrincat failed to beat Fleury and defenseman Shea Theodore won the game for the visitors.
Carpenter had a good night against his former teammates. He skated 17:50 with three blocked shots and won 11 of 21 faceoffs.
Dach skated only 8:22 with two takeaways. Strome was limited to 9:01. The two won one of three combined faceoffs.
DeBrincat led Chicago with five shots on net and was also credited with two blocked shots and two hits.
Toews won seven of 17 at the dot and had two shots on net in 21:19.
de Haan led Chicago with seven hits.