Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blackhawks Win 11th Straight With 5-2 Victory Over Montreal

The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens played each other for the 2nd time in 4 days.  Also, because of the stupid schedule, these two Original Six teams will not play one another for the rest of the regular season.  Regardless, the Blackhawks tonight tied a franchise record by winning 11 straight games with a 5-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Erik Gustafsson returned to the Blackhawks lineup after being out for a couple of games and he made his presence known early.  After making two great outlet passes within the first 1:15, he then kept with a play and made a great pass to Richard Panik for his first goal as a Blackhawk to give the Hawks a quick 1-0 lead.  Within 3 1/2 minutes, Lars Eller tied the game for Montreal after he picked up a rebound given up by Corey Crawford.  The period would end tied with the Hawks holding the shot advantage, 10-6.

The 2nd period saw both teams exchange power plays.  One of those came as Marian Hossa took a stick to the face, this, after taking a stick to the face the last time these two teams met that required stitches.  The Blackhawks cashed in on the power play to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead, as Jonathan Toews finished a pinball passing play from Hossa and Patrick Kane.  With less than a minute remaining in the period, a debatable no call for icing resulted in Jonathan Toews's 2nd of the night, a wraparound goal to send the Blackhawks into the locker room with a 3-1 lead.

The Canadiens poured it on in the 3rd and it took half the period and a Blackhawk penalty, but Max Pacioretty cashed in on a rebound attempt to bring the Habs to within 3-2.  But just 1:55 later, Artemi Panarin made a pass to himself off the boards and back-handed a pass to Kane, who buried a one-timer to give the Blackhawks their 2 goal lead back, at 4-2.  To top off the scoring, an errant pass by Duncan Keith to Marian Hossa wound up going into an empty net as the Habs had pulled the goalie.

Notable mentions: The Blackhawks have tied their franchise record, 11 straight wins with their victory tonight matching the streak they had in the 2012-13 season.  Patrick Kane scored his 29th goal tonight.  One goal shy of his career high,  Tonight was game 48 of the season.  Jonathan Toews in his last 6 games has 9 points (5G 4A) and is +7.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Jonathan Toews - (2G) 4 shots
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane - (1G 1A) 6 shots
3rd - CHI - Marian Hossa - (2A)

Next Game: Tuesday, January 19th, Away vs. Nashville Predators, 7pm CT


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