Boqvist took a pass from Kirby Dach at the right faceoff circle then skated to the goal line and fired a shot into the net to salvage a win after the team blew a 4-1 lead.
Dach, MacKenzie Entwistle and Brandon Hagel each tallied a goal and an assist. Mikael Hakkarainen also scored a goal.
Ryan Kuffner opened the scoring when he fired a shot from the left faceoff circle over Alexis Gravel’s right shoulder at 3:10.
But it was all Blackhawks after that with four unanswered goals under nine minutes to take a 4-1 lead after the opening frame.
Hakkarinen found some space in front for a nice goal to tie it at 6:09 then free-agent invitee Riley McKay send a long pass to Dach for a breakaway tally to give Chicago the lead.
McLaughlin finds Hakkarainen back door for the equalizer pic.twitter.com/D8w9rlOv6R— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) September 6, 2019
Beautiful feed from Riley McKay to his Saskatoon teammate Kirby Dach to put the #Blackhawks up after allowing an early goal shorthanded.— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) September 6, 2019
Catch it live here ➡️ https://t.co/3XwSy9Jn5c pic.twitter.com/JOV50RFnio
Nicolas Beaudin maneuvered around two defenders into the offensive zone then hit Entwistle in the slot at 12:33. Hagel made it a three-goal game at 14:52 when he tipped in Jack Ramsey’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
With less than 10 seconds remaining on a Boqvist penalty, Jarid Lukosevicius trimmed Chicago’s lead to 4-2 at 10:04. It was the Veleno show from there as he stole the puck from Hagel right in front of the net and deked Gravel for a goal. Zadina faked a shot, which Dennis Gilbert dropped down on, then wrapped around the net with ease and sent a feed to Veleno, who buried it.
The third period saw early scoring chances by Dach and Nicolas Beaudin, but both of them were unable to corral the puck to fire a clean shot. The biggest Blackhawks highlight of the third period was Gravel’s play, including big stops on Chase Pearson during a breakaway and one on Zadina in the final minute of regulation.
The Blackhawks face the Maple Leafs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davids Rink.
BC note: Shout out to Blackhawks Digital Content Manager Carter Baum for being the real MVP.