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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Last Week’s Games

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 5-3Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 5-3Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 5-3Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 5-3Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

Hmm, where to start with this one.  I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say it’s hard to get the bad taste out of my mouth after yesterday afternoon’s game.  The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t show up for a nationally televised outdoor Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild.  Unacceptable.  It was not pretty, as the Hawks were pummeled by a score of 6-1.

But we have to remember that these same Chicago Blackhawks won two other games this week.  They finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 on Monday, and beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Wednesday.  But the Leafs are currently one of the worst teams in the league.  And Wednesday’s win over the Rangers was in large part due to the heroics of one Artemi Panarin.

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And then there’s the fact that the Hawks lost three contests in a row the week before that, and all at home.  Things aren’t exactly roses and lollipops right now for the Chicago Blackhawks.  Let’s get to our 5 takeaways from last week’s games.

5.  Second Line still humming.  What would the Chicago Blackhawks do without the second line of Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, and Patrick Kane?  Really, this has been the only consistent line all season long.

Panarin was recently out with an illness for a few games, but it didn’t take long for this unit to find their groove again.  Against the Maple Leafs, Panarin tallied a power play goal assisted by Kane.  Then Kane answered with an even strength goal, assisted by Anisimov and Panarin.  Kane actually ended the night with a goal and three assists.

In New York, it was Panarin that stole the show.  He recorded two power play goals and an empty netter, earning himself his first NHL hat trick.  His second power play goal was assisted by Kane.  Panarin now is the first rookie to reach the 20 goal mark, and actually has 22 goals on the season.

Even in that horrible thing that constituted a game against the Wild, Kane managed the lone goal towards the end of the game.

All I can say is thank goodness these guys continue to put numbers on the board.  Keep up the good work.

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