CHICAGO – Even though their season is about to come to an end short of the playoffs, there was plenty to celebrate for the Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday.
For the first time all season, fans were permitted inside the United Center to watch the team face the Dallas Stars. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions kept spectators out for a majority of the season, with the ban only being lifted a week-and-a-half ago to let the fans in.
Over the course of a few hours on Sunday, the team gave the fans plenty of reasons to cheer in their second-to-last game of the 2021 season. From the national anthem, which featured Jim Cornelison singing live and fans cheering in person after a season full of virtual performances, to the play on the ice, it was quite a night all around.
A 4-2 victory featured many highlights, including two more goals from Alex DeBrincat as he finishes the season strong, but there was one score that was most special on this evening.
Rookie MacKenzie Entwistle became the eighth member of the Blackhawks to score their first NHL goal in the first period. doing so to give the Blackhawks the early lead.
For the forward, however, it was the fact that it was Mother’s Day that made the accomplishment more special. During his postgame news conference, he made a point to mention that as he talked with the media following his special moment.
“Woke up this morning and called my mom for Mother’s Day and the one thing she said was ‘Try to get me a goal,'” said Entwistle “Mom, if you’re watching, I got you one.”
Indeed she was, as Margeret Entwistle took to Twitter to congratulate her son on NHL goal No. 1.
Indeed it was a Mother’s Day that was mission accomplished for MacKenzie.