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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Takeaways From 4-2 Win Over Los Angeles Kings

By Matt Barbato
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A couple of streaks ended at the United Center on Monday night. The Chicago Blackhawks snapped its two-game skid in style by staving off the streaking Los Angeles Kings. After a couple of sluggish periods, the Blackhawks put together one of their best periods of the season. Teuvo Teravainen netted the game-winning goal off of a tremendous no-look pass from Patrick Kane from behind the net.

Corey Crawford was also spectacular and made 19 stops in the final stanza. The Blackhawks scored three unanswered goals all in the third period and a short-handed breakaway goal by Artem Anisimov put the nail in the coffin late in the final frame. The Kings saw their seven-game winning streak end and the Blackhawks got an important two points in front of the home crowd.

Here are three takeaways from Monday night’s victory:

Patrick Kane extends his point streak with style 

Oh, there was another streak going on during Monday’s game. Kane extended his point streak to seven games in astounding fashion. He kept the scoring streak alive with the game-tying goal just 1:22 into the third period. He added to it with a little bit of showtime.

Kane and the Blackhawks second line has been one of the few consistencies this season. Kane now has 16 points in 12 games and has carried Chicago’s offense at times. Monday night was no exception.

Crawford out-duels Quick

Suffice it to say, Corey Crawford was a little bit quicker than Jonathan Quick on Monday night (horrible pun intended). Crawford continued his tremendous start to the season against a Kings team that swarmed the net all night. Crawford made 33 saves on 35 shots including a perfect 19 of 19 in the final period.

Crawford may have to be a Vezina Trophy contender for the Hawks to compete for a Stanley Cup with the depleted defensive unit around him. The Blackhawks’ defense will be a patch work unit until Duncan Keith returns to the ice, which means Chicago’s last line of defense must be elite.

To this point, Crawford has been fantastic. Crawford is 6-3 with a 1.79 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. He will need to keep playing like this to keep Chicago in the Central Division race.

Captain Serious heating up 

Don’t look now, but Jonathan Toews has three goals and four points during the last two games. Toews had just five points in his first 10 games of the 2015-16 campaign. The Blackhawks need their first line to get going and Toews has improved his play during the past two games.

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