NHL: Chicago Blackhawks Come Up with First Win on Season Vs. Buffalo Sabres

Mikal ElyseCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 11: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks slides on the ice between Tyler Myers and Shoane Morrison #27 of the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on October 11, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. Chicago won 4-3.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Overtaking Ryan Miller (reigning Vezina Trophy Winner) and the Buffalo Sabres appeared to be a risky task for the winless Chicago Blackhawks.

Within a blink of an eye, the Blackhawks were down 2-0 in the first with goals from Drew Stafford and Derek Roy.

Just minutes after, hometown hero Patrick Kane put Chicago on the board to make it only a one goal game.

A massive upset came during the 1st period, as Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson banged Right Wing Jason Pominville into the boards.

Pominville was gradually taken off the ice and Hjalmarsson found his way to the locker room as he was ejected for a game misconduct.

After what seemed to be a devastating first period for Blackhawks’ fans, Marian Hossa came to the rescue.

Before getting to Hossa’s astonishing performance last night, Nick Leddy scored his first goal to tie the game 2-2. Captain Jonathan Toews did the genuine thing and hurriedly grabbed the puck for Leddy to take home.

Hossa began to show his true form toward the end of the second period, when he received a pass from teammate Bryan Bickell and went off on a breakaway to completely get the best of Miller.

Later in the third period, Hossa went on to add another goal under his belt this season to make it 4-2 Blackhawks.

Ultimately, that particular goal turned out to be the game winner.

A sign of hope turned up for the Sabres in the third when Tim Connolly shot a wrister past Chicago goalie Carl Crawford.

But Crawford shut the Sabres down for the rest of the night, making 32 saves in his first start of the season and bringing the first win since June for the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.

It was an intense game from beginning to end, but unquestionably amazing to see the first win and the Blackhawks back in old form.


Mikal Elyse is a Featured Columnist for bleacherreport.com and co-owner of chicagosportsauthority.com