Blackhawks defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1
The Blackhawks got two points, in regulation. Just think about that for a second. Does it feel good to you? Because it definitely feels good to me. In the bigger picture this game really doesn’t help that much, the Blackhawks are still in 11th, but they got a win over a team that was ahead of them in the playoff chase.
After two frustrating shootout losses at the hands of the Stars and Coyotes, it was nice to see the Blackhawks put together a decent effort together, get goals on the power play and get the two points. Â Though the power play was only two for six and failed to score on a four minute double minor, it came up with goals when necessary to win the game.
Marian Hossa played with more jump than I recall him having in awhile and ended up with two assists.Patrick Kane also had a lot more energy than I expected from someone who had IVs just this morning, so kudos to him. Jonathan Toews had another solid game creating some good chances and Corey Crawford came up huge when necessary especially in the first period when he faced 17 shots.
This one’s for you Q!
Captain Force of Nature watch: Pointless for the second straight game but it wasn’t for lack of effort. He and Kane were creating fantastic chances but couldn’t put one past Theodore. Toews also went 10-20 (50%) at the faceoff dot so that’s always a good thing.
Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: Even
Coach Q face color watch: Hopefully a nice healthy peach. Get better soon Coach!
Postgame quotes fromÂ @TramyersCSN:
Haviland on pregame talk: “I just said, ‘Guys, it’s time for us to make a stand. We can’t wait for tomorrow.'”
Corey Crawford stopped 33 of 34 shots. Toews: “Especially early in the game, when we needed it most, he was there.”
Toews: “Now that we’ve got 2 points, our thoughts are with (Quenneville) and we want to see him recover as quick as possible.”
& one from @ChrisKuc:
Troy Brouwer said Wednesday’s game “had a big relevance on where we feel our team was headed for the next 25 games.”