Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Ducks 1
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look the the Hawks' 4-1 win over the Ducks on Friday night.
How it happened: The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one, 3-0 after two and never looked back en route to the win. They got contributions up and down the lineup including Jamal Mayers’ first goal in nearly two months to open the scoring. John Scott assisted on the tally for his first point of the season. Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland both scored in the second period with Ray Emery even getting a point on the Bolland power-play tally. Patrick Sharp added another score in the third. Emery wasn’t tested with many good scoring chances but once again played solid hockey nearly earning his first shutout since Feb. 1, 2010. The Ducks Teemu Selanne scored with 1:47 remaining in the game. The Hawks even had a goal disallowed due to a phantom goaltender interference call on Bolland before he scored a good one minutes later in the second. Mayer’s and Scott both got into scraps as well.
What it means: It’s a win against one of the teams in the Western Conference cellar, but it's significant because the Hawks have played down to their opponents at times, but not Friday. They played solid defensively, giving up very few scoring chances when the game was decided in the first 40 minutes. A fourth consecutive win with Emery in net probably means more time for him, and why not? The Hawks have earned points in all seven games in December and Emery has been in net for six of them. The Hawks improved to 20-8-4 on the year.
Scott’s night: John Scott needed a goal for the Gordie Howe hat trick but an assist and fight were enough. Both were firsts for him this season. Scott took down Sheldon Brookbank in a one sided affair in the second period after earning his point on Mayers’ tally in the first.
What’s next: The Hawks host the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the United Center looking for a season-high fifth win in a row.