Sunday night’s win against the Montreal Canadiens brings the Chicago Blackhawks’ streak to 11 games! With their streak now at 11 games, the Blackhawks find themselves at first place in the Central Division—three points above Dallas—and second place in the entire league, which is only 5 points below the capitals.
Since being traded to the Blackhawks, life has been great for Richard Panik. He closed out the 2015 calendar year with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, but was traded to Chicago for Jeremy Morin (Yes, he was traded AGAIN) in 2016. And, ever since his trade, he hasn’t seen the Blackhawks lose a game (knock on wood). On Sunday night, Panik’s life got even better when he scored the first goal of the night and his first goal with the Blackhawks at 2:40 into the first period.
Second Period Goals
Torrey Mitchell went to the box twice in the first half of the second period—once for tripping Patrick Kane and the second for high-sticking Michal Rozsival. While the Blackhawks were not able to convert on either power play, most of the second period was spent in 4-on-4 hockey from a busy penalty box. After Plekanec high-sticked Hossa, Toews left the penalty box and immediately scored his 18th goal of the season. Toews then picked up his 19th goal of the season and second of the night only a couple minutes later to extend the Blackhawks’ lead to 3-1. Through 40 minutes, Chicago held a 24-16 shot advantage and Corey Crawford was a beast in the net yet again!
Slow Start in Third Period
In typical Blackhawks fashion, third period didn’t get off on the right foot. The Hawks allowed Montreal to dominate the first half of the third period, which allowed the Canadiens to score on the power play at 10:22, which cut the Blackhawks lead to only one. However, only 71 seconds later Artemi Panarin and Kane worked together to bring the lead back to 2. Kane scored his 29th goal of the year, which gave the Blackhawks just enough breathing room to get their 11th straight win, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins—the Hawks have yet to lose in 2016! Duncan Keith attempted to hit Marian Hossa for a breakaway with an empty net in front of him, but a bouncing puck appeared to just barely get a piece of Hossa’s stick, but still found its way into the net to give Hossa his eight goal of the year and helped bring the score to 5-2.
The Blackhawks visit Nashville on Tuesday and hope to extend their streak to 12 games to break the franchise record.