Antti Raanta, the recently called up No. 2 goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, experienced his first full game out in the net Wednesday night, and what a game it was.
Throughout nearly two whole periods, each team did well at keeping the other at bay. At times, it looked like there would be a stalemate leading up to overtime. But as far as hockey is concerned, there is always something to surprise you.
While Hawks fans everywhere were surely on pins and needles waiting for the Hawks to surpass the Calgary Flames 2-0 lead, Raanta was doing his best to put on a show.
To be fair, Reto Berra had an impressive game in the net for Calgary as well. Two fantastic, young and promising talents in the net made for a great game, the likes of which is rare to see. Most of the time it seems that there is a great netminder to stimy a determined offense.
But the game in Calgary was one for the ages in which the Hawks came back late for a 3-2 victory. Patrick Kane commented that Raanta was the No. 1 player, all the way, for the Blackhawks. Which, from what came to pass out on the ice, is hitting the nail right on the head.
Raanta had a fantastic starting performance. This signals great things to come of the young goalie who is new to the NHL and the Blackhawks’ organization this season. The team has a lot of faith in him and it is thus far proving to be justified.
As long as the rest of the team continues to deliver both offensively and defensively, the Blackhawks will continue to be successful throughout the rest of the season.