One way you could sum up the 2013 season is the Year of the Streak. From the season opening 24 game point streak to a 7 game winning streak in the middle of the season this Chicago Blackhawks team has had the ability to put together winning streaks.
Now the Hawks after a convincing 4-1 victory are still trailing in their series against Detroit 3-2 and need to string together 2 more games to escape with their playoff lives. Only 20 teams out of 229 have trailed 3-1 and went on to win the series but there always is the next team to be added to that list. The Blackhawks faithful are full of crazy deranged thoughts as the series heads to Detroit.
The Hawks need to carry Game #5 momentum to Motown and here are some things that the Hawks have to be thinking very positively about heading to Game #6
1. The Powerplay woke up- The powerplay has been a buzz kill since well the 2010 Stanley Cup run and after a horrible first period powerplay, the Hawks broke through with Andrew Shaw in front of the net. Getting two goals on the powerplay was the wildest moment in a long time. The Hawks always said that they could win without a powerplay this season but the two games they have won this series has included a powerplay goal.
2. Less Down Time- The young Hawks had the better jump in their skates in game #5 and with only one day off after Games 4 and 5 this could finally be an advantage to the Hawks. The constant pressure was too much for the Red Wings to handle and now they don’t have the NHL friendly schedule before Game #6. Only one day off should be advantageous for the Hawks as they try to steal back home ice advantage Monday night.
3. Jonathan Toews finally scored= The best part of Saturday besides winning was seeing the Captain break through with his first goal of the season. Toews has been a consistent scorer so now that the pressure is off he could go on a roll at the time the Hawks need him scoring the most. The Captain after games of frustration can now put the team on his back and become the force for the Hawks that they need in an unfriendly environment.
The Hawks are not going to just walk in a win at the Joe but with hard work and a break or two the comeback streak could continue to Wednesday night at the United Center!