Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:
It was October 19, 1980, that the Blackhawks retired their first player jersey: #21 for Stan Mikita. The Hawks went on to wallop Washington 8-4 that night with Tom Lysiak getting his first Blackhawks hat trick. Lysiak led the team in scoring that season while rookie Denis Savard finished second, only a point behind (76 points to 75). Chicago tallied 8-or-more goals seven different times during the 1980-81 season, including an 11-3 romp on home ice against Hartford on November 23.
The fastest overtime goal in Blackhawks history came off the stick of Steve Larmer on October 25, 1990 at the old Chicago Stadium against Washington only 8 seconds into the extra period, a 3-2 victory.
The only time in Hawk history that the team received two penalty shots in the same game came on October 23, 1974, when Mikita and Jim Pappin each were denied by Washington goalie Michel Belhumuer; but the Hawks still beat the Capitals 3-2 in Chicago.
The date October 23 also has several other highlights. Hawk Hall of Famer Glenn Hall registered one of his 51 career shutouts in the season opener in 1965, a 4-0 decision, on his way to his second-straight 34-win campaign.