A big hit, a glass board in the stands and an opposing player’s helmet ending up on an intoxicated fan’s head and a final buzzer.
Those events can only scratch the surface of what went on in Chicago on Wednesday night during the Blackhawks 4-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Blackhawks took full advantage of having the last two out of three games by taking five out of a possible six points in the last three games in their front of their home at a packed “Madhouse on Madison”. The Hawks, coming off an overtime loss against Calgary and a victory at Winnipeg looked to start putting together a string of quality games played against weaker Western Conference teams.
The Hawks went into Winnipeg last Saturday during Jonathan Toews’ homecoming and stole a 5-1 victory. The victory featured goals by the depth of this team including Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Nick Leddy, and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
The team came back home to play the Calgary Flames last Sunday, but eventually fell in overtime 3-2 and only picked up one point in the standings. Although the Hawks did lose to the young Flames, the Blackhawks put up 46 shots in the loss and played well overall.
But Wednesday, the Hawks looked more determined than usual and put together another complete game to put the streak at six consecutive games with at least one point.
Everyone was on top of their “A” game including the top line of Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Pirri, who all scored goals en route to beating the Jets for the second time in five days. The game was highlighted by a smashing hit by Bollig on Jets defenseman Adam Pardy. The hit made a piece of glass land into the crowd and evoked a fan to take off Pardy’s helmet and put it on.
This stretch of games shows that this team has officially put the “Cup hangover” behind them and is 100 percent focused on this season and making another run at a championship. The Blackhawks are starting to show consistent play of their stars and more recently the scrappy players have started to show signs of life as well.
If all three phases of this team continue to click including the stellar play of goaltender Corey Crawford, there is not reason why the Blackhawks can contend for another long playoff run.
The Blackhawks are a very deep team and as they continue through the month of November, look for the Hawks to do some serious damage through their schedule.
The hawks next play on Saturday in Dallas against the Dallas Stars. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Central) and can be seen on WGN and Fox Sports- SW+.
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