Blackhawks Leave Jackets Blue as Quenneville Reaches Milestone

December 1st, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
How many firsts were there for the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night?

Tuesday was Dec. 1. The Blackhawks played at home for the first time in two weeks. It was the first game of the year between the Blackhawks and division rival—and second place—Columbus.

Marian Hossa was playing in his first home game as a member of the Hawks. It was the first time the Hawks wore their new third jerseys. And it was the first time a Blackhawks’ team had a shootout reach double-digit shots.

All of that to get Coach Joel Quenneville his 500th career win as an NHL coach.

Welcome home indeed!

The Blackhawks admittedly didn’t have their legs in the first period as they were outshot by the Blue Jackets 10-5. But Chicago still held the advantage on the scoreboard after an incredible short handed goal from Kris Versteeg.

Versteeg got the puck on a break up the right side, used a ridiculous toe-drag to beat an initial defender, then used another sick toe-drag to elude a second defender before depositing the puck over Steve Mason’s shoulder to give the Hawks the 1-0 lead.

Despite the score, the ...

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