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Five Thoughts: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Edmonton Oilers 6-2

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EDMONTON, AB - FEBRUARY 5: Cam Ward #30 and Carl Dahlstrom #63 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning the game against the Edmonton Oilers on February 5, 2019 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - FEBRUARY 5: Cam Ward #30 and Carl Dahlstrom #63 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning the game against the Edmonton Oilers on February 5, 2019 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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EDMONTON, AB – FEBRUARY 5: Cam Ward #30 and Carl Dahlstrom #63 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning the game against the Edmonton Oilers on February 5, 2019 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB – FEBRUARY 5: Cam Ward #30 and Carl Dahlstrom #63 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after winning the game against the Edmonton Oilers on February 5, 2019 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks entered into Edmonton riding high on a 4-game win streak.  That confidence carried them to a 6-2 drubbing of the Oilers.  Here are my 5 Thoughts on the game.

1 – Fast starts are always a good thing.

The Chicago Blackhawks came out strong to start the game.  The two top lines pushed the play in the Edmonton zone, with the Oilers seemingly surprised by the early pressure.  The intense play from the forward lines forced a penalty by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins against a pressuring Alex DeBrincat.

The ‘Hawks quickly went to work with their now-potent power play and converted on a wrist shot by

Erik Gustafsson

from the blue line. The confidence of Gustafsson is soaring as the defenseman scored his 11th goal of the season.  When you’re hot, things just seem to go your way. Gustafsson’s shot through heavy traffic deflected off the shin pads of

Kyle Brodziak

and sneaked past goalie

Cam Talbot

.  Take a look at the confidence man taking what’s given.

Opening strong sets the tone for a game.  The new look ‘Hawks have turned a bad trend around under coach Jeremy Colliton.  The result is a 5-game win streak.

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