The Blackhawks have won four-straight after tonight’s impressive win against the Jets. Winnipeg had won all four previous meetings this season, but tonight the Hawks had other plans. The victory tonight was a complete team effort, beginning with netminder Corey Crawford who was outstanding tonight, stopping 28 of 30 shots faced. The defensive pairing of Keith and Hjalmarsson was exceptional as well. Keith played 26:17, registering a goal and an assist, along with a plus-four rating. Hjalmarsson skated for 24:11, recording an assist and a plus-five rating. An impressive performance by the top defensive pairing, who needed to be sharp against a Jets team full of dangerous offensive players.
The Blackhawks led the game for most of the night. The lone goal-scorer in the 1st period for Chicago was Patrick Kane at 15:37 (Panarin, Anisimov). The Jets would tie the game at one apiece only 1:43 into the 2nd period when Bryan Little found the back of the net on a rebound (Laine, Enstrom). At 12:16, Artem Anisimov put a rebound into the net past Connor Hellebuyck to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead (Kane, Panarin). The Blackhawks would maintain the lead for the remainder of the game thanks to strong defensive play and timely offense, both heavily provided by Duncan Keith late in the game. Keith put home a shot from the point at 17:01 to increase the Chicago lead to 3-1 (Schmaltz). Marian Hossa would put in an empty-netter at 18:09 to put the game out of reach (Hjalmarsson). Shortly thereafter, Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry answered with a goal at 18:49, but the game was far out of reach at that point (Trouba, Armia). Artemi Panarin responded by putting in an additional empty-net goal in the waning seconds of the game (Keith). The game would end 5-2, with the Hawks in command.
Four-straight wins for the Blackhawks, as they continue to find success on the offensive end. Tomorrow night they take on the talented Edmonton Oilers at 9:00 pm CST. Scott Darling will be in net with the hope of extending the win-streak to five.
Helluva performance by Crawford and the rest of the gang. Keep it going.
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