It doesn’t get much better than this! Well it does, but let’s bask in this present glory while we can. The Chicago Blackhawks have given us a taste of what is to come. At least we hope. Things are looking pretty good, as the Hawks swept the Detroit Red Wings this week, winning 5-2 on Wednesday, and 4-1 on Sunday. Yes, they had a 4-2 loss on Thursday to the Boston Bruins, but it’s easy to sweep that one under the rug. The new additions are looking great, and the Hawks appear to be gearing up for another championship run. Here are 5 takeaways from last week’s games.
5. Arty Party. Yes, yes, yes. We could go on and on about Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. They each have 2 goals and 2 assists in these last three games. Their overall stats are impressive (Kane with 89 points and 38 goals, and Panarin with 61 points). They are the cream of the crop right now. They are leading their team and the league in scoring; with both being on track for their respective awards at the end of the season (highest scoring, and rookie of the year).
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Not that I don’t appreciate them. But their linemate, Artem Anisimov, also has a goal and an assist in the last three games. He is the one that gets lost in all this. God bless America (I don’t care if he’s Russian, this is the NHL after all), this man gets 100 brownie points for his efforts at the net. When in doubt as to who is right there in front of the opponent’s goalie, nine times out of ten it’s Anisimov. He puts on a net-front-presence clinic every single night.
The most recent example of this was when the Hawks scored on the power play to make it 3-1 in the third period last night against Detroit. Everyone thought it was Panarin’s goal, but it was actually deflected off Anisimov’s stick, and he got credit for the score.
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