After suffering a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers that disrupted a five-game win streak, the Chicago Blackhawks got back on track with a deafening 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

The Blackhawks were already on a roll versus the Sabres, having won ten times dating back to 2010. Sunday night’s victory, however, sent them to 11-0-0 in as many meetings.

It was a decently close game in the first period. Ryan Hartman scored an absolutely beautiful goal with under seven minutes left, roofing the puck past Robin Lehner. Unfortunately, Sabres’ Evander Kane were able to sneak one past Scott Darling in the dying seconds of the period, tying the game despite being outshot 17-12.

From then on, it was all about the Blackhawks. Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews both scored off of dazzling efforts in the final ten minutes of the middle frame, giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. The two goals scored came off of four shots, but they eventually totaled 12 shots in the period alone.

In the third period, the Hawks P.A.K line was alive and well. Between the beloved trio, they recorded two goals and three assists, raining hell on the Sabres and taking control of all areas on the ice. Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane both scored just six minutes into the period, denying the Sabres any possibilities of a comeback. The Hawks eventually waited out the clock and walked away with two points and a mesmerizing 5-1 win.

The most important thing to take out of the Hawks win is the fact that every line had at least one goal. The Hawks showed a great amount of depth, having younglings Ryan Hartman, Tanner Kero, and Nick Schmaltz totaling three points (1G,2A). Not to mention, having star players like Hossa, Toews, and Kane score in one game together nearly guarantees you a victory, especially with the future-stars getting points piled onto that.

The Hawks have now won seven out of their last six games on their journey to topple the Minnesota Wild, who sit at the number one spot in the central division. In fact, they’ll have a chance to get even closer if they defeat the Wild Tuesday night. The Hawks currently sit behind the Wild with a 36-18-5 record with 77 points while the Wild sit at the top with a 39-13-6 record with 84 points.

It’s a hard mountain to climb, but with the way they’re playing as of late, they might have a chance of taking the number one spot.

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