The Blackhawks are on top of the league standings with a 9-0-2 record, but they are not winning these games with a boring 1-0 style. These Hawks are exciting to watch with goals getting scored every which way.
Patrick Kane is playing like a man on a mission this season after a disappointing 2011-2012 season and another summer embarrassment. Kane’s European Vacation has led to a fast start and he currently sits 2nd in NHL league scoring with 8 goals and 10 assists. Kane also scored two power play goals for a team that hadn’t scored a road power play goal since the Dallas Stars game.
A little further down in a huge tie for 19th in league scoring is three Blackhawks. Two of the Hawks are Marian Hossa and Jonthan Toews both of whom probably benefited most from the lockout and extended off-season. Concussions only remedy is rest and both of them got extended amounts of it while we watched Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman square off. The Hawks are the winners in this lockout because two of their two-way leaders are now healthy and playing with no repercussions or symptoms from last year.
Marian Hossa currently has 6 goals and 5 assists while line-mate Toews has 5 goals and 6 assists.
It’s not a surprise that Patrick Sharp is sitting in the top 19 in league scoring with 11 points, but it is kind of surprising that Sharp usually thought of as a sniper has only tallied 2 goals but playing along side with Kane, Sharp has collected 9 assists on the season including 3 last night in the dessert. The good thing for Hawks fans is that the goals have always come for Sharp consistently so even if the big guns slow down, Sharpie still hasn’t got hot yet and is due for a goal scoring hot streak.
The scorers aren’t the only ones on top of leader-boards. Corey Crawford is tied for first in the NHL with 6 wins. Crawford and Ray Emery still don’t have a blemish in the loss column and now they have one road game left before returning home for some home cooking.
The Blackhawks scorers are going to have their collective hands full Sunday night when they face the Predators and the red hot Pekka Rinne. The Predators have seized 2nd place and will be ready for a Central Division showdown against the Hawks Sunday night!
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