It looked like they were running a drill. And no opposing defensemen were allowed.
After a St. Louis Blues turnover just inside the Chicago Blackhawks blue line, Chicago’s line of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland found themselves on the rare three-on-none rush, barreling down on St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott.
Kane and Sharp worked the give-and-go on the play; Kane finishing the play off by swooping to his backhand and tucking the puck past an almost helpless Elliott.
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The goal, Kane’s second of the season, gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead just before the midway point of the first period.
The Blackhawks also got scoring from Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg, and would fend off a third-period charge from the Blues for the 3-2 win and their third victory in a row to begin the shortened 2013 campaign.
It’s the first time since the 1972-73 season that the Blackhawks have won their first three games.