Jan 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate after both players scored goal in the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks after easily beating the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night headed to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Wednesday night before taking a week off for the Al-Star Break. The Hawks were looking to pick up their 30th win of the season and pull into a tie with the St. Louis Blues for 2nd place in the Central Division. Here are some quick takes about the game which ended with the good guys in white skating off the ice with a 3-2 win in a shooout
-David Rundblad has a two game goal scoring streak. His slap shot is pretty lethal now that we have been able to witness it on a consistent basis. Runblad whistled one past Marc-Andre Fluery for the opening goal of the game which gave the Hawks a cushion that they like. The Hawks are now 21-6 when scoring first this season.
– Marian Hossa even at 36 is a treat to watch game in and game out. Hossa gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead on a great shot from the slot. His line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad was the only consistent thing that the Hawks offered on Wednesday night. That top line is fun to watch and they seem to keep getting better and better with each game that they get to play together.
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– Michal Rozsival is a mess and is struggling with whomever he is paired with. He is a real anchor taking over from last years anchor Michal Handzus. Rozsival is slow and struggles with the puck if he doesn’t handle it cleanly. I have to believe that Bowman regrets giving Rozsival that 2nd year on his contract after the Stanley Cup in 2013. I would much rather have Dahlbeck or Clendening playing than #32 that or TVR makes a quicker than expected comeback.
– The 1/2 punch of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in a shootout is almost unfair for the opposition. They buried two more goals in the shootout to seal the Blackhawks victory which was #30 on the season which is pretty sweet heading into the All-Star Break.
– It’s hard to believe that the Hawks haven’t won a regular season game in Pittsburgh in 18 years back when they played in the Igloo.
– The Hawks don’t play again until next Wednesday night but at least there are 5 Blackhawks all-stars you can watch on Sunday night.