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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

Ahh! Now that’s more like it!  The Chicago Blackhawks had a good weekend, to say the least.  They earned four much needed points in the standings, won two tilts, and clinched their eighth straight playoff berth.  All this loveliness came at the hands of beating the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Saturday night, and the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Sunday.  Neither one of these teams is very good, and the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t exactly light the world on fire out there.  But wins are wins, and at least the Hawks have some momentum going forward.  Let’s get to the takeaways.

5.  Ladd Back On Track.  Everyone hoped that Andrew Ladd would swoop in and be the perfect answer on the first line alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.  Well, that hasn’t exactly happened.  We’ve seen glimpses, but Ladd has struggled to make an impact.

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Well, these last two games have been better.  Ladd was at the right place at the right time for the takeaway that led to the first goal of the night on Saturday.  He then picked up the secondary assist on Andrew Shaw’s goal, and later potted and empty netter.  This earned him a three-point night.

In Vancouver on Sunday, Ladd again got on the score sheet, with the game-winning goal no less!   He now has 3 goals in the last two games, and 6 goals and 3 assists in 13 games played.  He seems to be hitting his stride at just the right time.

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