The Chicago Blackhawks are so good, it’s scary.
Coming into tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Hawks were riding high on a 20-game point streak. Not one loss in regulation yet.
Columbus hoped they might be the team to put an end to that, and though they did give it a valiant effort, it’s no easy task matching up against Toews. Kane. Stalberg. The Hawks’ blue line alone boasts 3 Olympians.
Blue Jackets’ left winger Vinny Prospal put up a fight right from the get-go, beating Ray Emery 31 seconds in. With an even amount of shots on goal for each team, Columbus netminder Steve Mason managed to keep his team up by 1 for most of the period.
But it was only a matter of time before Chicago’s powerhouses struck. With assists from Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, Viktor Stalberg made it a tie game less than 5 minutes left in the opening frame.
In the second, the Blue Jackets once again fought back, both literally and figuratively. A little over a minute into the period, Dan Carcillo and Nikita Nikitin dropped the gloves, each getting a few good shots in and each getting a 5 minute major misconduct.
Halfway through, Artem Anisimov gave Columbus the go-ahed with a slapshot from the point that found its way to the back of the net.
Blackhawks fans didn’t need to worry (not likely that any of them ever did) as two goals scored within 59 seconds, courtesy of Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell, put them ahead as the second period closed out.
Still battling hard in the final frame, both Mason and Emery remained solid on either side of the ice. Mason stopped all 17 shots Chicago threw on net, but of the 8 Columbus delivered, a wrister by Ryan Johansen once again lit up the goal lamp and tied up the game.
The last 8 minutes of the third period solved nothing, and with one point picked up, the Blackhawks once again headed into overtime.
With a few minutes winding down the OT period, it almost looked like the game would go into a shootout (always a pleasure watching the Blackhawks in a shootout), but a cross-ice feed from captain Toews to Brent Seabrook eliminated that option.
Final score: 4-3. Put another in the win column, Chicago.With an 18-0-3 record and the longest scoring streak from the start of a season in NHL history, every other team in the league should be scared. Very scared.
About the Author
Written by Anna Santiago
26-year old sports writer from Calgary, Alberta. A hockey and basketball lover above all.