Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blackhawks Complete Season Sweep Of Red Wings With 4-1, Victory

For the 2nd time in less than a week, the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks went head-to-head.  Unfortunately, these are the only two games you'll see these teams play against one another in the regular season this year.  Two quick goals in the 1st, two very quick goals in the 3rd, put the Blackhawks ahead for good as they beat the Red Wings, 4-1.  Corey Crawford came up huge with 33 saves.  The score did not tell the story of this game.  this was a goalie win.

The Blackhawks came out flying from the start as Patrick Kane started the scoring, just :21 into the period with a wicked wrist shot that made it past Red Wing goalie, Petr Mrazek, to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.    Six minutes later, the Hawks would go to the power play, where Duncan Keith would blast a slap shot that went through Mrazek and gave the Hawks a quick 2-0 lead.  That would be all for Mrazek as he was replaced by Jimmy Howard.  Just over two minutes later, Detroit would get on the board after the Hawks couldn't clear the zone, a pass from Danny DeKeyser found Gustav Nyquist, who wristed a shot, glove high from the slot, past Corey Crawford to make the score 2-1 at the end of the first period.

In the 2nd, there was no scoring, but Detroit peppered Crawford and the Hawks with 13 shots, while the Hawks only threw 3 shots at Howard.  After 2, the score remained, 2-1, in favor of the Blackhawks.  SOG through 2, DET- 21, CHI - 14.

Half way through the 3rd period, the Blackhawks went to the power play, where they have been 3-for-5 so far this year against the Red Wings.  Make that 4-for-6, as Artemi Panarin through a slapshot on net and Artem Anisimov deflected it, top shelf, to extend the Hawks lead, 3-1.  Just :68  later, a strong shift from the Jonathan Toews line produced another goal, as a nice keep-in by Michal Rozsival was sent to Andrew Desjardins, who slapped a shot on net, that deflected of of Toews, and into the back of the net, to make it 4-1, which is where it ended.

Notable Mentions: Patrick Kane's 1st period goal gave him 89 points for the year, a new career high.  Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, won the Art Ross Trophy last year with 87 points.  Michal Rozsival, who assisted on Kane's goal, reached 300 career points.  Duncan Keith's game-winning goal, was his 4th of the season.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Corey Crawford - 33 Saves, .971 SV%
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane - 1G
3rd - DET - Gustav Nyquist - 1G

Next game: Wednesday, March 9th, Away Versus St. Louis Blues, 7PM, CT

Previous meetings this year between Hawks/Blues:
St. Louis Blues - 6 at Chicago Blackhawks - 5, OTL, 11/04/15
Chicago Blackhawks - 4 at S. Louis Blues - 2, 11/14/15
St. Louis Blues - 0 at Chicago Blackhawks - 2, 01/24/16


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