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Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Thoughts About 6-3 Win Over Colorado

By Keith Schultz
Jan 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) can
Jan 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) can /
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The Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice on Sunday night to face the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center.  The game became a blow out in the 2nd period and in the end the Hawks skated away with a 6-3 victory.  Here are 4 thoughts about the Chicago Blackhawks victory against the Av’s.

4. Jonathan Toews is heating up.

The Captain isn’t having his best season to date with even his Corsi numbers are down, but the Captain’s game seems to be heating up in the past week or so.  Toews picked up 3 points on Sunday night and he’s now looking like the Captain we have come to know for years.  Toews has picked up points in 5 out of his last 6 games and his last two games have been multi-point games highlighted by tonight’s 3 points.  The Hawks are more balanced if the top line featuring Toews is clicking.

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3. Erik Gustafsson should be here to stay

One thing you never know about the Chicago Blackhawks a young defenseman is how long they will last, but even though it’s been a small sample size Gustafsson has been pretty good since getting regular playing time.  Gustafsson already has 6 assists in 13 games. He skates very well and has an offensive mind when he has the puck, and he’s able to get the puck out of the zone for quicker breakouts than the combo of Michal Rozsival and Rob Scuderi could ever accomplish.  Gustafsson looks like the real deal and should never be in an IceHogs jersey ever again.

2. Marian Hossa is Back!

We are almost repeating what we said about Toews, but Hossa is for sure not having the best season of his storied career.  Hossa shooting percentage was at an all-time worst 4.1 Percent so a shooting correction had to come for this future Hall of Famer. Well, after not scoring a goal since early December, Hossa didn’t get just one goal, but he scored twice in the Hawks 6-3 win.  Hossa scoring and dominating the puck is something we have been used since he signed with the Hawks in 2009.  Hossa and Toews both starting to heat up in January is just what the doctor ordered.

1. Balanced Scoring Streak

The Blackhawks picked up their 7th straight victory which is fantastic, but the bigger story for me is that for the 2nd straight game the Hawks scoring was balanced.  Even Brandon Mashinter got in on the scoring.  The Hawks can’t depend on Patrick Kane every night, and it feels like Joel Quenneville is close to finding four lines he’s comfortable with on a nightly basis and that confidence is leading to balanced scoring.

It was a 6-3 win for the Hawks, what were your thoughts on the Hawks victory?

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