The Chicago Blackhawks led after 1 period 2-0, thanks in part to Dave Bolland’s goal 10 seconds into the game! It’s the fastest goal by a Hawk since 1995, and only 5 seconds short of the NHL record of 5 seconds to score a goal to start a game!
The Hawks have not dominated and lead after one period since the NY Rangers game in MSG. Patrick Sharp scored the second goal. With only 4 points separting the hawks from 9th place, two points in Dallas against a division leading team are huge! The Hawks out shot Dallas 12-5, with Corey Crawford stopping all 5 shots he faced.
The second period was exactly what the Hawks didn’t need to do, except what ended up on the scoreboard! The Hawks didn’t keep the pressure up which allowed the Dallas Stars to get a good push going throughout much of the period. The good thing is that Crawford came up big! The Hawks were outshot 11-6 in the period and Crawford didn’t let a single puck get by him. The Hawks haven’t put together a 60 minute effort all season, so it’s not shocking that they lost the 2nd period tonight. The Hawks had a huge scare in the 2nd when Patrick Kane went down in a lot of pain, but he never left the bench during the period (we cannot afford another star down!)
After surviving the 2nd period, the Blackhawks got off to another fast start to the third period. Marian Hossa scored 33 seconds into the period followed a minute later with Patrick Sharp getting his second of the game on the 2nd shot on goal in the third period! Both Hossa and Sharp scored their 28th goals of the season. With 5:50 left in the 3rd period Jamie Benn got one by Crawford to break up the shutout. The Hawks are still the only NHL team this season not to record a shutout. The Hawks outshot the Stars 13-6 in third and 31-22 for the game. The plan of getting as many pucks on net has been a successful plan lately!
Tonight was the 12th straight game without Jonathan Towes. With all the drama and news about Sidney Crosby, I find it hard to believe that unless something semi-miraculous happens, that we have sadly scene the last of our Captain in 2012. After an adjustment period the remaining big guns have come through, the one player that always seems to be the “glue” and almost pulse of the team is Bolland. When Bolland is playing at his best, the Hawks ususally are winning. He’s played really good hockey this past week, and it finally paid off on the scoresheet tonight.
After a 3-13 stretch on the road, the Hawks are now 4-1 on the road and this curent hot streak is coming just in time for the final push of the regular season. 10 games remain, with Washington Capitals visiting the United Center Sunday night. Great road win tonight and good to get two road points! Most people were probably watching Duke or Missouri lose tonight and worrying about their brackets, but Hawks fans know this win was a big one for our playoff aspirations! Keep up the Pressure Sunday Night!!!
Lets go Hawks!!!