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Chicago Blackhawks: Five Takeaways From 5-2 Win Over Devils

By Samuel Boland
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 14: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring against the New Jersey Devils in the third period at the United Center on February 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 14: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring against the New Jersey Devils in the third period at the United Center on February 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks got a big win at home against the New Jersey Devils on Valentines Day. It was a come from behind victory demonstrating a lot of character from this group. Here’s my five thoughts on the win/

1 – Congrats to Chris Kunitz

As you may have seen, Chris Kunitz hit 1,000 career games tonight. Jeremy Colliton gave a nice nod to Chris Kunitz by starting him on the Chicago Blackhawks first line tonight. Kunitz has had a heck of a career thus far with four Stanley Cup wins in 17 NHL seasons.

Formally an un-drafted free agent, Kunitz now joins the exclusive 1,000 game club to add yet another milestone to a storybook career.

2 – The Blackhawks PK still needs work despite a good night

If you’ve seen a Chicago Blackhawks game this year, you know their penalty kill isn’t great. As a result, they currently rank last in the league in penalty kill percentage. 

After going down 1-0 in the first an unfortunate penalty put the ‘Hawks short handed with their backs against the wall early. Their penalty kill couldn’t get the job done and as a result the New Jersey Devils extended their lead to 2.

If the ‘Hawks weren’t playing the Devils this game might’ve been over right then and there.

Fortunately, the PK was able to kill their second attempt but it wasn’t without a lot of help from Cam Ward in net.

Then, a strong solo effort from Brandon Saad earned him his third short handed goal of the season on the Blackhawks third penalty kill of the night.

Despite those two kills and Saad’s shorty, their penalty kill efforts still need work moving forward.

This team has an uphill battle ahead of them if they wish to make the playoffs and fixing their penalty kill should be at the top of their list.

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