Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Canes 2
Here's a quick look at the Hawks 5-2 win over the Hurricanes at the United Center on Friday night.
How it happened: The Hawks were clinging to a 2-1 lead heading into the always adventurous third period but this time the game went the other direction. Instead of letting the Hurricanes back in it, as they have so often to opponents, the Hawks turned it on to the tune of three goals in the first 7:22. Game over. Again, the Hawks' top line got them going in the right direction with a first-shift-of-the-night goal by Jonathan Toews. But for the second game in a row, the Hawks got contributions from an array of players, including newcomer Chris Campoli. Campoli had two helpers in the third while Ryan Johnson scored his first goal of the season. The Hawks gave up a goal after getting up by four but never let the Hurricanes come closer. The beginning of the final period took care of that.
What it means: The Hawks have won a season-high seven straight games while obviously making a point of coming out with intensity to start the third period. Even in recent wins they’ve managed to let teams back into games, but not on Friday. While the beginning of the streak was top heavy with the Hawks’ top line and power play doing most of the damage, they’ve been helped by many others and its made for easier nights. Corey Crawford wasn’t overly challenged leaving open the possibility of the starting Saturday night in Toronto. Toews has six goals in his last four games.
What’s next: The Hawks leave for the center of the hockey world, immediately following the game, for a Saturday night date with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s their only matchup of the season against the Original Six foe.