Blackhawks Get Must Win With Seven Goals

Toews and Kane lead the Hawks to a big win on the road coming off of an entertaining All-star weekend.  Turco gets his eleventh win, letting in four out of thirty three shot on goal.   Patrick Sharp voted All-star MVP.

With four of the Blackhawks rejoining their team after the All-star break they get a big win on the road starting off a six game road trip against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Jonathan Toews had a good performance commanding the team to a seven to four victory on an icy snowy day for most of the Midwest.  The first period was lead off by a score from the home team lead by Derek Dorsett but the Hawks took back the lead with two goals before the first was called early do to power problems with the lights.

The Blue Jackets didn’t take long to take back the lead starting the second off with two goals within forty two seconds provided by Derick Brassard and Samuel Pahlsson.  The intensity picked up on both sides with some physical fore-checks and some after the whistle scrapping sessions.    Coach Quenneville took a time out to huddle the team so they wouldn’t lose their focus after giving up two quick goals. Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane proved that is was a good decision by getting two more for the Hawks to take back the lead.  Shorthanded with thirty six seconds left in the second period Captain Toews comes up with a two on one goal to guide the Blackhawks into the third with a five to three lead.

The Hawks committed four penalties in the third, one off setting due to a fight between Marc Methot (Columbus) and Troy Brouwer (Chicago) was set off by a big hit on Kane coming from Methot.  Even with the Hawks having to kill off three penalties they managed to only give up one goal and getting two more themselves taking the win with the final being seven Chicago and four Columbus.  Both coaches agreed they had room for improvement but Coach Q was happy they didn’t lose their focus.  The Blackhawks have five more road games before coming home to play the Minnesota Wild February sixteenth.