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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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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 14: Cam Ward #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks stops a shot against the New Jersey Devilsat the United Center on February 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

3 – Patrick Kane is so good at hockey it would be unfair if the ‘Hawks weren’t so bad

Late in the second period, the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down 2-0 in need of a spark. The Devils took a penalty and Patrick Kane came flying off the bench as if he was shot out of a cannon as the extra attacker.

Dylan Sikura found him and he beat a screened Cory Schneider on a wrist shot from the slot. The goal itself wasn’t anything special, but the timing of it was. It seems whenever this team is in need of a spark Patrick Kane shows up.

He extended his point streak to an impressive 16 games, 10 shy of his record and the American record of 26 games. Kane has played out of his mind this season and if the Blackhawks have even the smallest chance of making the playoffs Patrick Kane looks poised to carry them there.

Oh, and he assisted on Drake Caggiula‘s game tying goal early in the second period, too.

And yes, Jonathan Toews‘ go-ahead goal too.

4 – This team has no quit

The Chicago Blackhawks are not a great hockey team by any means. Their defensemen have a tendency to be liability in their own zone and they don’t get a tone of help from their forwards either. Additionally, their 31st ranked penalty kill doesn’t help either.

Even without those deficiencies, the ‘Hawks path to the playoffs is going to be very, very difficult.

None of that seems to matter to these guys, though.

The ‘Hawks went down 2-0 and fought their way back to take a 3-2 league in the second period. After a questionable start during the first they played a significantly better middle 20 and it paid off for them.

Everyone, from the core guys in Toews and Kane to newly acquired Koekkoek and Drake Caggiula, looks like they’re playing with a chip on their shoulders.

5 – The Chicago Blackhawks beat a team they should beat

At this point in the season, the Blackhawks can’t really afford to lose games to anyone. Perhaps a bit more realistically, they can’t afford losing to teams that they should beat.

Losses to team’s like the Boston Bruins will happen, but if the Blackhawks want any chance at clawing their way into the post season they are going to need to win games that should be considered “givens.”

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The margin of error for this team is incredibly small but they made no mistake tonight. Let’s hope they keep this train rolling on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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