Mar 14, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) sets up his shot against San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
It appears the Blackhawks offense has risen from the grave…for now. The Hawks erupted for six goals in a rout of the Sharks on Saturday afternoon in San Jose. The offensive has been stagnant as of late, which has made Blackhawks fans a little nervous. The real question is will the offensive production continue in Kane’s absence. Even without Kane the Hawks have a solid forward group as well as a relatively offensive blue line, however the Hawks have been struggling mightily lately only scoring more than three goals once since Kane’s absence.
When Stan Bowman added Antoine Vermette at the deadline he thought that it would be enough to get the Hawks over the Kane-less hump and push them into the Playoffs. Vermette has just one point since joining the Hawks. Now I’m not taking a jab at Vermette because that man’s defensive prowess and his faceoff abilities are second to none. No one had been scoring before Saturdays six goal slam. It has to be a total team effort, as cliché as it sounds, but it’s the truth. Just because the top six guys are scoring, it’s no excuse for the role guys to just go through the motions.
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The Hawks have a team that has the fire power to score five goals a game at least. There’s no excuse for them to not be scoring. To put it simply, the Hawks were in a bit of a slump, hopefully that slump is over. Shots were going off the post, passes weren’t settling down for them, and they couldn’t buy a goal on the power play. Sharp, who had been in his own slump, netted two against the Sharks Saturday. With Sharp emerging form his scoring coma, hopefully the rest of the Blackhawks will follow suite.
The Blackhawks have an offense that is just too good to not be scoring on a consistent basis. Everyone has a little bit of a slump every once and a while, but it’s how you breakthrough that slump that shows the character of a true champion team. The Blackhawks are a champion team and will not let a little slump stop them from claiming the greatest trophy in all of sports come June.
Don’t fret Hawks fans, because this slump is over. With just fifteen games before the playoffs start the Hawks are in good shape, but they can’t take their foot off the gas pedal just yet. Thanks for reading Hawks fans and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Go Hawks!
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