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Chicago Blackhawks Win! 5 Things They Did Right This Time

By Gail Kauchak
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Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing

Marian Hossa

(81) scores a goal past Winnipeg Jets goalie

Michael Hutchinson

(34) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

3.  Production from more than one line.  For a while there it was starting to feel like only the second line of Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, and Kane could score.  In the last three losses, the scoring has consisted of Kane with 3 power play goals, Anisimov and Panarin with a goal apiece, and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson with a goal.  And even Hammer’s goal was when the second line was out on the ice.

But now let’s take a look at the goals in the Winnipeg game last night.  Hey, the first line wants to join the party!  Both Marian Hossa and Teuvo Teravainen tallied goals; and this was their second game reunited with Toews on the first line.

Hopefully a few goals and a win will be enough for Coach Q to give the Teravainen-Toews-Hossa line an extended look.  It’s so much fun to watch Toews and Hoss be able to work together again.  They have a chemistry that is simply second nature by now.  Give them a chance to do their stuff!

And TT just looks so much more comfortable and confident out there with higher skilled players.  Plays develop at the pace he is accustomed to.  His hockey IQ matches up better.

To continue with a few more observations about the lines; Brandon Mashinter was not in the lineup last night!  Hallelujah, and it’s about time!   Newly recalled Bryan Bickell slotted in (more on Bicks below), and Andrew Desjardins was playing as well, on the third line with Marcus Kruger and Ryan Garbutt. Marko Dano was a healthy scratch.

In third line notes, we all thought Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the season, but it was disallowed because of a kicking motion.  I don’t think Krugs is going to stop trying any time soon.  Ryan Garbutt also had 6 shots on goal and 5 hits on the night.

The fourth line of Bickell, Tanner Kero, and Andrew Shaw was solid all night.  It was their hard work that helped lead to Hossa’s goal on the following shift.

Coach Q might not be done tinkering with the lines, especially among the third and fourth lines.  Update: Dennis Rasmussen has been called up and Tanner Kero has been sent down!  See what I mean?  But it feels like some pieces are starting to come together.

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