By Brad Vandenberk
On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks played their first divisional game of the year against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before the game, Dan Carcillo was given a 2 game suspension for his “hit” on Joni Pitkanen during Friday night’s shutout loss in Carolina.
Both teams started their back up goalies Saturday, giving Allen York his first NHL start of the season for Columbus. Ray Emery started his second game of the year giving Corey Crawford the night off. With Carcillo off the roster, the Hawks were forced to adjust their lineup accordingly. Patrick Sharp took Carcillo’s spot on Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa’s line which put a void on the Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette line. Viktor Stalberg found a spot on the first line moving up from the fourth. The Bolland line stayed intact as the fourth line saw John Scott with Marcus Kruger and Jamal Mayers. Sami Lepisto played his first game of the year on defense replacing Sean O‘Donnell.
The Hawks took the lead early. Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the year, and first NHL goal, on a rebound. Jamal Mayers entered the zone, let a shot go and Kruger put the puck passed York.