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Chicago Blackhawks Fever: 5 Takeaways

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 3, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) faces off against Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) faces off against Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

4.  Revamped third line.  This line has looked so much better since Teuvo Teravainen has recently been moved to the center position (last night marked his 100th NHL game).  He has played the last four games alongside newcomer Tomas Fleischmann, and the two have found instant chemistry.  The other member of this line for the most part has been Andrew Desjardins, and he has done an admirable job.

But during the tilt against the Boston Bruins, Dale Weise spent some time on this line.  As a matter of fact, as soon as Coach Q put these three out together, they scored.  Fleischmann and Weise have some history from playing together in Montreal, and many people are talking about this being an incredible third line going forward.  With teams concentrating on shutting down the top two lines, if these guys can be a consistent scoring threat, it could spell very good things for the Chicago Blackhawks.

3.  Power Play Heyday!  The Chicago Blackhawks have scored five power play goals out of eight tries in the last three games!  This is phenomenal!  And it gets even better.  All five goals were scored by different players.  Panarin and Kane scored power play goals in the win against Detroit on Wednesday.  Jonathan Toews had the man advantage score versus the Bruins.  And it was Duncan Keith and Anisimov that were able to tally on the PP last night.

And let’s not forget that the Hawks had two games in a row in February where they scored 7 power play goals.  Both Coach Q and Toews mentioned that having a net-front-presence is definitely a factor in this success.  I predicted at the beginning of the season that the power play would eventually find it’s groove.  At the time, I thought it would have more to do with Teravainen.  But I’m certainly not complaining.

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