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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From This Weekend

By Gail Kauchak
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Nov 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie

Corey Crawford

(50) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Blackhawks are doing a lot of things right. In the Capitals game, the Hawks had 40 shots on goal to the Caps 24. They had 35 face off wins to the Caps 25.  They were 1 for 3 on the power play (it’s better than 0 for 3), and they stayed out of the penalty box (one penalty by Hossa).

The tilt against the Sharks was much the same. The Hawks had 37 shots on goal to the Sharks 34.  They won the face off battle 34 to 31.  Their power play (0-2)…ok scratch that, their power play still needs some work.  But they continue to be excellent on the penalty kill.  With the exception of Andrew Shaw’s penalty, they stayed out of the box again until the end of the game when things were already in the bag. The best news is that the Hawks finally started to tally some scores, with 5 goals.

1. The Hawks need to find a way to win consistently. The Washington Capitals came into Friday’s tilt on a 5 game losing streak. Once they got that spark from the first goal, they simply wanted it more than the Hawks.  I know it’s early and it’s a long season.  But the Blackhawks are arguably in the toughest division in the league, and they need to win games to get to the play offs. It might be a lot easier to get “up” for games later in the season, but the Hawks need to dig deep and figure it out now.

They did just that on Sunday night. They came into the game against the Sharks angry about their previous loss and hungry for a win.  The Hawks need to keep on plugging away; concentrating on what’s right and cleaning up the mistakes. Jonathan Toews put it best in his post-game interview Friday night.  He said, “It’s our consistency, it’s our accountability.  We need to really get up to snuff in those areas, and when we do we’re a really good hockey team.  We’re tough to beat.  But when we don’t we’re just another team.  We can’t accept that level of effort…we’ll just keep reminding ourselves of that.”

Oh captain, my captain! Lead the way to more wins!

What were your 5 takeaways from this weekend?

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