Last night was the first of a grueling annual 6 game road trip due to the circus being at the United Center for a couple weeks. The Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for a better start to it.
After a scoreless first period where Vancouver looked like the better team, the Hawks came out in the second with a slow start as well. Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen scored only 38 seconds into the second period on a great pass from his teammate Sedin. That good start was halted however when the Canucks’ Ryan Kesler took an ill-advised tripping penalty in the offensive zone which led to a Chicago powerplay. The Hawks powerplay in the last 4 games is something to be reckoned with. A sweet three way passing sequence in the Vancouver zone during the man advantage led to Andrew Brunette’s 4th goal of the season to tie the game up at 1. Then another ill-advised penalty led to a powerplay goal by Patrick Kane. The Hawks led 2-1.
The third period started out looking like the Hawks were going to try to play prevent defense the entire period. But, almost midway through the period, Jonathan Toews scored on a great centering pass by Viktor Stalberg. Then, just minutes later, Daniel Carcillo scored his third goal of the season on a redirect of Patrick Sharp’s shot. Vancouver looked spent and soon gave up a 5th goal to the Hawks as Steve Montador tallied his 4th goal in his last 3 games.
In the end, the Hawks started off their 6 game road trip with a very important victory over the hated Vancouver Canucks. They now hold a record of 12-4-3 on the season giving them 27 points out of a possible 38 points. This is the highest point total in the NHL. The real key to this fast start is a fast, relentless offensive attack. Kane and Toews are doing what they always do and Hossa always plays hard, but the supporting cast is becoming more of first grade threat. Even the defenseman have been lighting the lamp often. If this keeps up, the Hawks should be alright. However, I would still like to see the defense get a little bit tighter and prevent Corey Crawford from having to make a lot of saves. Crawford stood on his head for much of the game last night when he stopped 28 of 29 Vancouver shots on goal.
Anyways, props to the Hawks and hopefully we are talking about 5 more wins on this road trip.
About the Author
Written by Joshua Meyer
I am currently a student at Purdue University and am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. I have always been a huge Blackhawks fan even through the rough times. I am also a White Sox and Bears fan and of course I am a fan of all sports at Purdue University. I am majoring in engineering which has nothing to do with sports writing, but I love sports.