First Star: Brandon Saad
Jan 29, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (20) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Saad needed to catch fire after a nine-game goalless drought in the New Year, and he did just that plus more. The 21-year old recorded an assist against Calgary, but things were only getting started. Saad had his best game of the season against the Canucks, recording a pair of goals and an assist, finishing with three points, and the game’s First Star honor. Saad capped off the week with another goal, the Blackhawks’ only one, in their loss to the Sharks. The addition of Brandon Pirri to the ‘Hawks second line bumped up the explosiveness of the group, which had no trouble dominating in the offensive zone, with the speed of Pirri, the hands of Patrick Kane, and the explosiveness of Saad. The group worked hard all week, and were often beating defenders with tremendous pressure and great puck skills. Saad is only one of the Blackhawks’ youth that has shone as of late, and will be key as the team tries to string together wins once again.
The Blackhawks play in Los Angeles on Monday as they go for the season series sweep, then battle the league-leading Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Blackhawks play their final game before the Olympic break on Friday, when they travel to Glendale to face the Phoenix Coyotes. All three games are on the road as the team wraps up their ice show trip.
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