3 Takeaways From The Chicago Blackhawks Road Victory Over The Arizona Coyotes

The Chicago Blackhawks snapped their 22-game road losing streak with a 5-2 victory.
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A bunch of losing streaks were snapped as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 at Mullett Arena.

The Blackhawks snapped a franchise record 22-game road losing streak. The victory also snapped a seven-game losing streak the Hawks had that included getting shut out twice by Colorado and being drubbed by Columbus. Finally, backup goalie Arvid Sodeblom picked up his first victory since November 24th (we will address his performance later).

The victory looked like it would drop the Blackhawks out of the top spot in the Tankathon.com/NHL standings.

Thankfully, San Jose picked up a point in the standings with a shootout loss to the Dallas Stars. Talk about a great night as the Hawks got a win and still have the lead for the best odds in the NHL Draft Lottery.

Here are three takeaways from that victory...

Seth Jones had a great game.

The Blackhawks' highest-paid player is having a rough season in the traditional stat categories. He had one goal on the season heading into the game. Plus, he had been terrible against the Blue Jackets two games ago--his former team.

Jones snapped out of his funk with two goals and two blocked shots in 24:40 of ice time.

Seth scored the Hawks' first goal on a two-man advantage (we will address the power play shortly).

It was only Jones' second goal of the season. He has been going through a rough patch on the ice recently, so it was good to see him rifle a shot off the defenseman's stick that was redirected into the goal. Jones also scored the team's final goal on an empty netter.

The man gets a lot of scorn for being paid like he won multiple Norris Trophies when he might just be at best the No. 2 defenseman on a good team. You must remember that was the previous management who lavished that contract on him. He showed at least for one night why he is still a No. 1 defenseman--albeit one who is overpaid.