The Chicago Blackhawks traveled to Joe Louis Arena and they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. It wasn’t easy the entire night, but it looks like it when the final horn sounded. Here is what we learned tonight from the Hawks victory.
–Corey Crawford should be a Vezina Trophy Finalist
The Chicago Blackhawks goalie is the reason the Hawks were able to open up a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period, because if Crawford hadn’t been sharp early in the 2nd period the Hawks could have given up 2 or 3 goals. The Detroit Red Wings Star Pavel Datsyuk was starting to dominate the period, but the only thing that stopped him besides the post once was #50. The Blackhawks goalie was rock solid all game long, but the important stretch in the 2nd held down the fort until the Blackhawks could get some goals on the powerplay.
– Christian Ehrhoff could be a steal
Every year Stan Bowman picks up a player that we all kind of question, but in the end they become important parts in the process. Ehrhoff may not have fit in LA, but he could be a great fit for the Chicago Blackhawks. Ehrhoff wasn’t shy firing pucks at the net though he did struggle to hit the net, and he had a wide open net from a beautiful pass from Jonathan Toews but a bouncing puck cost him the goal. This could be the trade least talk about that could have the biggest positives for the team.
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– Panarin and Kane Are So Sick
The Detroit Red Wings committed two penalties and gave the Hawks a 5 on 3 and guess who put on a clinic. Yes, the Hawks ran a perfect 5 on 3 play from the point to Patrick Kane to Artemi Panarin and the puck was in the back of the net. That was followed by a quick rush after a turnover and Kane deposited his 37th goal of the season. These guys have been fantastic all season long and in a 1:26 stretch in the 2nd period they were clinical.
–Brent Seabrook is Having a Season
Before the game Brent Seabrook was getting pumped up by Ed Olczyk and he didn’t disappoint tonight. Seabrook blasted one in for the opening goal of the game, and then assisted on the two powerplay goals in the 2nd period. Seabrook passed Duncan Keith on the All-time career goals list picking up his 84th while Keith sits at 83. The point is Seabrook is having a career offensive season, and maybe now with the emergence of Ehrhoff maybe he will settle down on defense.
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Another Piece Shows Up Tomorrow
Dale Weise finally cleared up his Visa issues and was at the Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night, and he is expected to play tomorrow night in Boston. The Hawks keep loading up and getting bigger, so this should just keep getting better and better for Hawks this season.
-Ladd With A Playoff Goal
When The Red Wings scored midway through the third period it made the game more exciting, but the Hawks were able to pull away from the Red Wings when Andrew Ladd put in a rebound. It wasn’t just a rebound but it was a gritty 2nd rebound that looks like a playoff goal! Grittiness is back with Ladd and you have to like that as a Hawks fan in the Blackhawks victory.
What are your thoughts on the Hawks victory?