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Five Thoughts On Chicago Blackhawks’ Win Over Dallas

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 23, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) controls the puck during the game against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) controls the puck during the game against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

3.  Finally some production in the third.  According to Scott Powers of The Athletic, the Chicago Blackhawks have been outscored 9-0 in the third period in the last four games.  This is an interesting trend, as the Hawks have been notorious for having strong third periods (after mediocre second periods) in the past.  But Thursday in Arizona was a step in the right direction.  They didn’t allow any goals, but they also didn’t score any either.

Last night, the Hawks allowed two goals in the third, but they answered with three goals of their own to put away the game.  Hopefully they can build on this ability to close and win games.

2.  Everyone is contributing. Yes, the usual suspects scored in this one.  Kane had a goal, and Jonathan Toews contributed with an empty netter.  Artem Anisimov and Marian Hossa each had two assists.  These guys are expected to put points on the board; but they can’t do it every night.  After all, they are up against the other team’s top defense most of the time.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see other players pitching in.  Ryan Hartman and Tanner Kero from the fourth line worked together to start the scoring and tie the game in the first period.  The Hawks also got two goals from the defense in this one.  And not your expected D-men (Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook) either.

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No, it was Gustav Forsling, who just recently was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs, who scored his second NHL goal with a shot from the point to make it 2-1 in the second.  He’s been working on being more aggressive with his shot.  He had four shots on goal last night.

Trevor van Riemsdyk also earned his second goal of the season.  His was the game-winning goal.  He followed up on a shot after Anisimov crashed the net.

If the Chicago Blackhawks can continue to get contributions for everyone throughout the lineup, it could spell good things as they inch closer and closer to the playoffs.

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