Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien had not been back in Chicago since they helped lead the Blackhawks to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Yet here they were, skating on familiar ice, but for the opposing team as part of the new Winnipeg Jets.
The visiting team got right down to business in the first, with center Jim Slater scoring a pair of goals just 3 minutes apart. If the first half of the period was any indication of the rest of the game to come, it could easily go without saying that the Blackhawks would fall to their former teammates. The second goal could have been prevented; no Blackhawks defenseman could be found around their own net as Slater skated right towards it.
But minutes later, the Hawks retaliated, and it was Andrew Brunette (who, coincidentally, was one of the players on the roster for the very first Atlanta Thrashers game ever) who cut the deficit in half.
Thankfully, the home team didn’t stop there. A beautiful feed from Marian Hossa –which involved him practically s...