The Hawks nabbed an impressive victory last night by defeating the Ducks of Anaheim by a final of 4-2. Marian Hossa scored twice to lead the Hawks and Corey Crawford made 19 saves on 21 shots including a dandy on Anaheim’s Corey Perry who had the puck on his stick right in front of the crease just before the end of the first period.
The Blackhawks took an astounding 35 shots on net to grab their four goals, which far outweighed the Ducks’ offense. Anaheim came into the United Center as winners of eight straight and 18 of their last 19. Chicago’s win moved them within five points of the Ducks’ first place position in the Western Conference, while also adding a little distance between themselves and St. Louis.
The Hawks got an all-around strong effort from everyone on the roster, a broad showing that is the stuff of the reigning Stanley Cup championship team. The talk in the locker room after the game was focused on the win as precedent for a future playoff series. Most of the Hawks players said that it’d be one heck of a series, but there’s still a ways to go before that becomes a reality. Don’t expect this game to give any pause to Anaheim; they should get back to their winning ways knowing how tough the champion Hawks are on their home ice. This was the Blackhawks’ 31st victory of the season and their 17th at home.
Next up for the Hawks is a Sunday Matinee with the Boston Bruins – a rematch of last June’s Stanley Cup Finals.