Although, it got off to a little bit of a slow start, and had a bit of a scare, with goaltender Corey Crawford, the Saturday Central Division matinee ended with Crawford leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets were the first to light the lamp, as Tobias Enstrom took advantage of a Jeremy Morin mistake(which lead to Morin spending some time in Coach Quenneville’s dog house), and scored with an assist from former Hawk Michael Frolik, to give the Jets an early 1-0 lead. Moments after killing a Chicago 2-man advantage, Niklas Hjalmarsson continued his stellar start to the season, with a slap-shot goal off of a faceoff win, by Marcus Kruger, to even the game at a goal a piece.
Near the end of the 1st period, Jets’ forward Blake Wheeler crashed into Crawford, which resulted in a delay in the game, due to Crawford struggleing to get back on his skates, after the collision. Despite the scare, Crawford would stay in the game, until the very end.
The Hawks came roaring out of the locker-room, in the 2nd period, as Brandon Bolig gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead, less than a minute into the period. A couple minutes later, Patrick Sharp would deke his way to a goal, from a nice feed from Marian Hossa, to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Not wanting to give the Jets any chance to climb their way back into this game, Nick Leddy continued his phenomenal start to the season, by giving the Hawks a 4-1 lead, off of his 2nd period goal.
The 3rd period had a slower start to it, which is an area of concern for Hawks fans, as their favorite team has struggled to close games out, so far this season. Not today, though, as Ben Smith would put the game out of reach, for the Jets, by scoring a goal, and making it 5-1, Hawks, and that’s how it would end.
The Blackhawks dominated the game by flexing their depth, to blowout the Jets. This was a great team victory, for the Hawks, and will definitely serve as a template, for how to beat teams, this season.
Next up, for the Hawks is a Sunday matchup with the Calgary Flames, at the United Center, with puck drop scheduled for 6:30 PM CT. Go Hawks!!