The Chicago Blackhawks did something that would have been though unthinkable a decade ago. The Chicago Blackhawks played the hated Detroit Red Wings twice this week including tonight and easily defeated them 5-2 on Wednesday night and 4-1 tonight at the United Center.
The game couldn’t have started better when Patrick Kane skated in on a 2 on 1 and scored 21 seconds into the game. The goal gave Kane his new career high in goals with 38 and points in 89. The Chicago Blackhawks winger has 15 games to pick up 11 points and crack the 100 point barrier. Kane is on his way to his first NHL scoring title which would mean Kane would also become the first American born player to ever win the NHL scoring title.
The Hawks scored later in the first when a Duncan Keith shot was deflected around by the Detroit defenseman before finding the back of the net. The Hawks 2-0 lead was there until something of a bug a boo on Sunday evening bit them, which is turning the puck over at the blueline, and this turnover by Artem Anisimov meant a goal for the Red Wings.
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The second period belonged to the Detroit Red Wings and they controlled all of the play, but Corey Crawford was up to the task for the entire period even when his defense was failing him. The one player I really am starting to worry about is Trevor van Riemsdyk, he had another tough outing and doesn’t seem to be improving his play in his first full season after an injury plagued rookie season last year.
There must be something about this rivalry that gets under Jonathan Toews skin because he took a bad slashing penalty at the very end of the third period. The one thing that is for sure is the Hawks penalty kill looked much better on Sunday than it had the past few weeks, and it should only get better when Marian Hossa returns.
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The Hawks turned the game into a blowout late in the third when the 4th line finally saw some ice time and Richard Panik created a powerplay and Anisimov deflected in a Artemi Panarin shot for a 3-1 lead, and then Andrew Desjardins looked to have scored but it went off Toews leg so he got credit for the goal. Either way it was a 4-1 victory for the Hawks.
Here is one final stat for you before signing off!!!