Having accepted a first National Hockey League contract at 24, Switzerland’s Pius Suter scored his first three career goals in the Blackhawks’ 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in Chicago.
Never drafted, Suter had been limited to one assist in his first five games on the Bettman Tour. On Sunday, however, he set the tone for the local favorites with a brace in the first period. He completed his hat trick during the last engagement.
Connor Murphy, Mattias Janmark and Philipp Kurashev also beat Quebecer Jonathan Bernier, tested 35 times in net for the Red Wings.
A new number 1?
For the Blackhawks, it was a second straight win after a tough start to the season. The Illinois club had allowed five goals in each of their first four outings.
This change of course coincides with the arrival in front of the cage of Kevin Lankinen. The 25-year-old rookie was entering a third straight game for the Blackhawks, having conceded eight goals in that streak.
He seems to have groomed the pawn in Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia, who also made at least one start and who have a little more experience in the National League.
In today’s duel, Lankinen was deceived by Tyler Bertuzzi, twice.