Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blackhawks With Statement Win, 5-1, Over Stars To Complete Perfect Road Trip

The Chicago Blackhawks finished up their 3-game road trip with a stop in Big "D" for some payback for an earlier, 4-0 drubbing, provided by the Dallas Stars back in late December.  The Hawks delivered a statement game to the Stars and the rest of the league with a 5-1 romp over Dallas.  Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots in the victory.  The game was closer than the score at times, but the play of Crawford sealed the victory.

The Blackhawks went to the power play :29 into the first period.  The Hawks power play cashed in just :05 later as Brent Seabrook blasted a shot past Star's goalie, Antti Niemi for a quick, 1-0 lead.  Later in the period, during 4-on-4 play, Trevor van Riemsdyk took a bouncing rebound and slammed it past Niemi to extend the Hawks lead to 2-0.  Dallas came right back, just 1:20 later, as Jamie Benn's shot grazed the goal post and the rebound was buried by Tyler Seguin to cut the lead in half, 2-1.  While short-handed, and with one minute remaining in the period, Jonathan Toews performed a highlight reel move that was capped with a Marian Hossa goal to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead heading into the 1st intermission.

In the 2nd, the Stars peppered Crawford repeatedly and he stood tall rejecting all 18 shots in the period.  Midway through the period, while on a Dallas power play, the Blackhawks struck gold again as Artem Anisimov scored short-handed past Kari Lehtonen, who replaced Niemi to start the period.  Near the end of the period, Patrick Kane got into the scoring act as he went top shelf and stretched the Hawks lead to 5-1 to end the 2nd period.

In the 3rd, the Blackhawks played defense and did not focus on offense as they only mustered 3 shots in the period.  They gave up 10 in the period, but as the norm, Crawford denied them all.

Notable Mentions: Brent Seabrook's 8th goal of the year tonight is one shy of his career-high.  Marian Hossa's goal tonight gives him 496 for his career.  Jonathan Toews' assist on Hossa's goal was his 300th of his career.  Andrew Shaw played in his 300th career game tonight.

Three Stars Of The Game
1ST - CHI - Artem Anisimov ~(1G 3A), +3
2ND - CHI - Corey Crawford ~ 36 Saves, .973 SV%
3RD - CHI - Niklas Hjalmarsson ~ 2A, +2, 2 Blocked Shots

Next Game: Tuesday, February 9th, Home vs. San Jose Sharks, 7:30pm

Previous meetings against San Jose:
Chicago Blackhawks 5 at San Jose Sharks 2, November 25th, 2015
San Jose Sharks 3 at Chicago Blackhawks 4, December 20th, 2015


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