We’re here for Kirby Dach’s villain arc.
Montreal forward Kirby Dach scored the shootout winner against his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Friday at United Center. Kirby celebrated the goal by skating over to the Chicago fans and raising his hand up to his left ear.
The Blackhawks traded former top prospect Dach to the Canadiens in the offseason in exchange for draft picks. Dach played three seasons in Chicago between 2017-2019. The Chicago fans were booing Dach throughout his return to the Windy City.
Dach got his revenge on the fans in the best way possible, as he scored the shootout winner for Montreal on Friday. Dach beat Blackhawks’ netminder Anton Soderblom with a perfectly placed shot to seal the victory. The goal silenced the crowd, and Dach gestured that he couldn’t hear the fans anymore.
Kirby Dach scores the shootout winner in Chicago and taunts the crowd pic.twitter.com/vMtXMF3hOl
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 25, 2022
Here’s how the epic revenge moment looked from the press box, courtesy of Blackhawks’ beat writer Charlie Roumeolotis:
Kirby Dach scores the shootout winner for Montreal then holds his hand up to his ear to the Chicago crowd. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/KelE55vITS
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) November 25, 2022
Dach is fitting in nicely with the Habs, as he now has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 21 games this season. When he was playing for Chicago, Dach never surpassed 26 points in a season.
Dach told reporters after the game that he didn’t plan the celebration beforehand, but it came to him in the moment.
“I did it back in junior when I got booed, so I thought it was fitting,” Dach said. “It just came to mind.”
Dach added that it was fun coming back to Chicago and playing against his former team.
“I was excited,” Dach said. “Anytime you get to come back to a place you used to play in and put on a show like that, it’s pretty good.”
The NHL already features a great player vs former team rivalry in Jack Eichel vs the Buffalo Sabres, and now we can add Kirby Dach vs Chicago to the list.
The Canadiens and Blackhawks faceoff one more time this season, as Montreal hosts Chicago on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14). We’ll be tuning in to see how Dach follows up on this first performance against his old squad.