Dec 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) shoots the puck as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26) defends during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Hawks have been blown out three times this season and in all three following bounce back games the Blackhawks have come out focused and ready to play to the chagrin of Blackhawks opponents.
On Sunday night the Hawks took out their frustrations from the Toronto game and took it out on the Los Angeles Kings in the first period. Jonathan Toews started everything out on the Penalty Kill when he made a great lift of the stick steal on the boards and put a perfect feed on Marian Hossa’s stick for the early lead. A few minutes later Kris Versteeg got the puck on a 2 on 1 while faking a pass snapped one past Ben Scrivens for a 2-0 lead. The Hawks capped off a great first period when Patrick Sharp scored on the powerplay for a 3-0 lead.
The first period was great, but the final two periods weren’t so much with a lot of chances without anyone finishing their chances. The Hawks out shot the Kings for the game 40-22 but it was the Hawks possession game and fore check that would keep the Kings offense in check.
The Kings would score very late in the third period, but it was too little too late although in the post game press conference Antti Raanta said he started thinking about a shut out. Raanta best save of the night was late in the 2nd period when Kopitar came in short handed and had two cracks at a goal but Raanta threw his pad out in the nick of time to make the stop.
The Hawks played like the Hawks and are now 18-0-3 when scoring first and it was a good bounce back by rookie goalie Raanta.
The Hawks better not look past the Predators on Tuesday before hosting the Canucks on Friday night!
What was your take away from tonight’s win?