What a game last night! The Chicago Blackhawks’ offense came out strong in last night’s 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each scored two goals last night—I know, no hat trick for either. But what we can be excited about is how the Blackhawks really came out strong in last night’s win, which brought their winning streak to seven and propelled them back to the top tier of the NHL standings.
The scoring began with Brandon Mashinter getting the first goal of the night, which gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in the first. I don’t think I have seen anyone so excited to get their second NHL goal other than Mashinter last night. Here are the highlights from the night:
Patrick Kane Gets Two Goals
Patrick Kane started his scoring late in the first period with an assist by Panarin and TVR. HE scored again in the second period on a power play goal, which brought the Blackhawks to a 4-2 lead. Kane continued to try for another goal to get that hat trick, but, unfortunately, was not able to capitalize on that. When asked about their play last night, Kane stated, “I think everyone’s happy with the way we’re playing, but we know there’s still another level to get to. We’re trying to reach that level, but we’re definitely in the right direction.” Yes you are, Kane, yes you are.
Marian Hossa Nets Two
Marian Hossa put an end to his scoring drought by netting two goals in the Blackhawks win against the Avalanche, which earned him the number one star of the game. He made it 3-0 at 1:39 in the second for his first goal since December 6, 2015, a span of 14 games. However, Duchene scored the next two shortly after Hossa. But that’s okay because the Blackhawks responded with three more goals to close out the period. With only three shots on goal, he got two goals—now those are great numbers. If only he could have gotten that hat trick! But, he didn’t go out without trying to get that third goal of the night.
Toews Gets 3 Points
Early in the second, Jonathan Toews assisted on Hossa’s first goal of the night. Later in the second period, Toews got his first goal of the night with assists by Shaw and Gustafsson. Only four minutes later did he get yet another assist on ANOTHER Hossa goal.
And let’s not forget about Corey Crawford’s stellar play in net tonight blocking 34 of 37 shots. Crawford stood tall and made some amazing saves to keep the Blackhawks in the game with a strong lead.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a heavy schedule heading into the All-Star break with two-thirds of their games away from the United Center—their 18-5-1 record at home tops the league. However, on the road their record is merely 9-8-3. Chicago’s upcoming schedule looks to be challenging, but if the Blackhawks play like they did last night, then we don’t have to worry. After hosting the Nashville Predators on January 12th, Chicago will head to Canada for back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.