Analysis

Five Thoughts on Chicago Blackhawks’ Win Over Minnesota

By Juliana Nikac
Feb 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) looks on from the bench in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) looks on from the bench in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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A 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks are now five points back of first in the Central Division.

It’s not always going to be a pretty win, but the Chicago Blackhawks managed to pull it together last night. In their win over Buffalo on Sunday, the Hawks dominated in every fashion. This game was a bit of a different story. Only one line scored the entire game, and Corey Crawford stood on his head near the end of the game. But it was an entertaining matchup, for sure, and Chicago came away with the W. Here are five thoughts about the game.

5. Coach Joel Quenneville earns his 400th win. No, he didn’t earn his 400th win as a coach. Coach Quenneville earned his 400th win as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Since he joined the team, the Hawks have a dominant 400-199-79 record in the regular season. Not to mention he’s lead them to three Stanley Cups in the past seven years. It can’t be easy being the head coach of such a prestigious team and trying to keep up the identity of the Blackhawks. But Q has done an amazing job, and as a fan, I’m excited for the many years to come of him behind the bench.

4. Poor Penalty Kill. The Blackhawks only took two penalties in the game. Both penalties resulted in power-play goals for the Wild (specifically Mikael Granlund). The Tanner Kero penalty wasn’t the greatest call by the referees, but they still can’t afford to take penalties so late in a close game. The Hawks just allowed a little too much space for passes to get through, and couldn’t get out of their own zone. The penalty killers couldn’t get their sticks in the right places to block passes. There’s just a couple of small things they have to work on to tweak the PK and they’ll be fine.

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