The Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Best Goals So Far in 2013-14
The Chicago Blackhawks were dominant throughout the 2013 season.
They started the season on a magical run and closed it with a magnificent finish that resulted in their second Stanley Cup victory in four seasons.
Along the way, they scored a slew of artful and memorable goals.
They are trying to match that performance in 2013-14. They have a long way to go before they get to the championship, but they have gotten off to another excellent start.
Here's a look at the five best goals they have scored so far this season.
5. Brent Seabrook Scores on Opening Night
The Chicago Blackhawks were put to the test on opening night.
They faced the high-scoring Washington Capitals at the United Center Oct. 1, and they were prepared for an assault on their net. However, that assault came from Mikhail Grabovski, who had a hat trick. Alex Ovechkin also managed to score, but that didn't keep the Blackhawks from the starting the season with a 6-4 win.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook had Chicago's most artistic goal of the night when the defenseman scored on the power play and beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby with a vicious wrist shot.
4. Jonathan Toews Picks Up a Hat Trick
The Blackhawks thought they would have a low-scoring game when they hosted the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 29.
The Sens had been one of the toughest defensive teams in the league in 2013, and they appearrf to have the same kind of make-up headed into this season.
It has not worked out that way. Craig Anderson has not been able to match his 2013 performance very often, and the Blackhawks scored six goals against Anderson and the Senators.
Nobody did more damage than Jonathan Toews. He scored three consecutive goals, including one in the second period and two in the third.
The second goal of the hat trick was special. Johnny Oduya had the puck in the neutral zone, and he brought the puck into the offensive zone with speed. Toews was on the far side of the ice, and he streaked to the net.
Oduya fed Toews a perfect pass, and he caught up to it on the left side of the net. He made a perfectly timed tip, and the puck flew up into the top of the net.
It was a perfect combination play between Oduya and Toews, and one of the prettiest goals of the season.
3. Patrick Kane Lights Up the Stars
The Blackhawks were put to the test when they visited the resurgent Dallas Stars on Nov. 9.
With the scored tied 2-2 late in the second period, the Blackhawks went on the power play. The Stars were in possession of the puck and attempting to kill the man advantage, but Cody Eakin lost possession of the puck.
The Blackhawks quickly went up ice with Patrick Sharp in control of the puck. Sharp passed it to Andrew Shaw, who went cross-ice to Patrick Kane.
Kane did not hesitate, and he fired off a quick wrist shot that whistled past Kari Lehtonen and into the net. It was one of those special goals that speaks to Kane's overwhelming skill level.
2. Marian Hossa Takes Charge
The Chicago Blackhawks had special inspiration when the Phoenix Coyotes came to visit Nov. 14.
The Blackhawks had lost their last six home games to the Coyotes, and they were determined to end that streak.
Marian Hossa decided to help his teammates, and he stepped up early in the second period. With the score tied 2-2, Hossa took a pass from Jonathan Toews with the Blackhawks on a power play.
Hossa took a quick shot that Mike Smith stopped, but the shot handcuffed the goalie, and he left a rebound. Hossa beat Keith Yandle to the puck and made a quick move before backhanding the puck underneath Smith for a 3-2 Chicago lead.
The Blackhawks would give up the lead, but they went on to win the game in a shootout, 5-4, and end their home frustrations against the Coyotes.
1. Patrick Kane's Move Stuns Ben Bishop
The Lightning had a 3-2 lead in the second period when the speedy Patrick Kane went in alone on Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.
Kane knew that Bishop was expecting his classic forehand deke that would be followed by the backhand to the top corner. But this time Kane made no such move. He made one slight fake, and Bishop opened his five hole. Kane obliged and ripped it home to tie the score at 3-3.
The Lightning would eventually win the game in overtime, but Kane's goal was a beauty.