My life as a correspondent for the Chicago Blackhawks has come to be very easy. Game after game and week after week, I feel as if I am writing the same old story.
By old I mean exciting and fun story. I say the words exciting and fun to describe this team because this hockey team is honestly exciting to follow and fun to watch. Every single game, I get to sit back and enjoy a team that has clearly set themselves apart from most teams in the NHL. This team has the best record in the league (23-6-5), has players ranked among the top-5 in most league statistics, and is currently riding a three game winning streak.
Wednesday night was no different than the past two games and the Hawks have dominated their opponents by putting up six or more goals in those three wins.
It seems as if the Blackhawks have responded to their star goaltender, Corey Crawford, going down for at least three weeks with a groin injury, by simply winning. The Hawks dominated every facet of the game on Wednesday night on their way to a 7-2 victory in a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
Everything was clicking for the Hawks, but as usual with this team, the game started a bit slow as the Blackhawks faced a 1-0 deficit going into the locker room after the first period. The Hawks however would come out of the locker room for the second period with time still on a penalty from the first.
That is when 43 seconds into the second period, defenseman Duncan Keith ripped a laser shot from the point past Flyers goaltender and former Blackhawk, Ray Emery to tie the game at one.
Then 39 seconds later, forward Andrew Shaw received a pass from forward Brandon Bollig and wrapped around the goal and slid the puck pass Emery to make it 2-1 and the Hawks never looked back.
Michal Handzus, Kris Versteeg, Jonathan Towes, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp all later scored for the Hawks to complete the scoring.
Rookie goaltender Antti Raanta looked confident in net again for the Hawks and improved his record to 5-0-1 so far this season and only looks to be improving by the game.
If Raanta can continue this effort while Crawford is injured, look for the Hawks to be even more dangerous of a team than they already are. Everything seems to be working for the Hawks no matter what punches are thrown at them and even if they lose one game here or there, they always seem to bounce back the next night.
This sort of streak to start the season of consistent winning streaks and individual point streaks for the different Hawks, remind me of both championship teams in recent memory. This team is a force to be reckoned with and they do not seem to be taking their foot off the gas pedal anytime soon.
The Blackhawks have a little rest until they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (Central) and can be seen on CBC and WGN.
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