“There was nothing better than that. But I guess that was it.” -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, on skating onto the ice with the Stanley Cup, but then losing Saturday’s game, 3-2, to the Red Wings.
John Scott had no excuse for falling down on the sequence that led to the Wings’ winning goal.
“I don’t know what happened,” Scott said. “I’ve done that a million times and I went to crossover and I just bailed. So, my bad. [I was] just hoping it doesn’t go in so I can get back in the play and I got burnt. You can’t do this against good teams like this.”
Patrick Sharp was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury. He skated Saturday morning, but wasn’t able to play. After the game, Joel Quenneville said Sharp was day-to-day, and the Hawks were hopeful he would play Monday in Buffalo.
With Sharp out, center Brandon Pirri was recalled from Rockford for his NHL debut. He said he got the call at about 12:30 p.m., and walked right into opening night and a championship-banner raising.
“Surreal,” Pirri said after the game. “You look up to these guys then you’re sitting in a limo with them and then you’re walking out in front of hundreds and thousands of people. It’s unbelievable. It’s exciting.”
Pirri played 8:56, had one shot, and finished the night minus-one.
“I think our young guys looked great tonight,” Toews said. “It’s fun to see the energy they were bringing to the table and really got the rest of us going. We’re not separating the guys that were around last year and the new guys. We’re all one team.”
Not all his fault
Niklas Hjalmarsson is minus-4 in the early going, having been on the ice for all seven goals the Hawks allowed in their two games.
Kane and Toews
Patrick Kane and Toews were the last two players to hold onto the championship banner before it was raised.
“We were joking, seeing who could hold on the longest,” Toews said. “He was the last one to let it go, so we were joking about that.”