The Blackhawks offense has been struggling a lot lately scoring 2 or less goals in 5 out of the last 6 games and not scoring a first period goal in 4 games. It looked like a whole lot of the same when Ales Hemsky snuck one past Antti Raanta who was way too deep in his crease on the goal although it was a really nice move by Hemsky for the goal. The Hawks got a big hit from Brandon Bollig that forced a turnover that Niklas Hjalmarsson fired to the net and Ben Smith deflected in for a tie game. The Hawks were out shot in every period Saturday night in Montreal, but in the first in Chicago the Hawks won that battle 11-7.
The second period had all the showings of Blackhawks hockey! The Hawks out shot the Oilers 19-6 and scored all the goals in the period including the Oilers goal. The Hawks took a 2-1 lead on a nice passing play with the puck ending up on Andrew Shaw’s stick and in the back of the net. Then with a delayed penalty coming Patrick Kane shot to an empty point and in ended up in the Hawks vacated net. The Hawks didn’t sulk after the goal, but Duncan Keith made a great save to keep the puck in the Hawks zone and it led to a Marian Hossa birthday goal. Near the end of the period another Duncan Keith play set up a nice passing play between every member of the top line and ended with a Jonathan Toews goal! The Hawks looked like the Hawks and the scoreboard read 4-2 at the end of 2 periods.
The Hawks gave up an own goal and then the third goal of the night was almost as easy as Schultz fed Tyler Ha ll for a tap in and a 4-3 deficit for the Oilers. The Hawks continued to dominate the action and got the 2 goal lead back when Brent Seabrook got one in the back of the net for a 5-3 lead. Nothing cures an offense like the Edmonton Oilers and the Hawks really dominated this one with a final 41-21 shot advantage.
-Antti Raanta improves to 13-1-2
-Patrick Kane picked up 2 assists to give him 33 on the season
-The Hawks finally got to the 30 win and 70 point plateau.
-See you Tuesday night versus the Avalanche
LET’S GO Hawks!!