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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Flames 2

12/18/2011

Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' win on Sunday, the 600th of Joel Quenneville's career.

How it happened: For the second straight game the Hawks got secondary scoring, this time the contributions came from Steve Montador and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Both tallied even-strength goals while Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa added power-play scores. The Hawks played great defense as well, even after losing Brent Seabrook to a head injury. They gave up just 11 shots on net through the first 40 minutes when the game was decided and 24 for the night. Montador’s goal in the first period came after a great shift by the fourth line while Hjalmarsson scored his first of the season in the middle period after a nice set-up by Marian Hossa. Kane’s goal came after Jonathan Toews won a face-off in the offensive zone. For the second consecutive game Ray Emery lost a shutout bid with a third period tally as Olli Jokinen scored on a power play. It came after Bryan Bickell was called for instigating after a fight with Cory Sarich. Hossa put the icing on the cake with a goal from the point during a 5-on-3 power play in the third period.

What it means: The Hawks are rolling with their fifth consecutive win. Again they took control early and again it was the fourth line that set the tone. The loss of Seabrook, early in the game, had little impact on the outcome, but it taxed the rest of the defense who still came up big. The Hawks wanted some scoring to be spread out. Over the past two games they’ve gotten it. Seven different players scored goals in the two wins while Ray Emery isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. His sliding save on Curtis Glencross was one of several big stops. The Hawks improved to 21-8-4.

Seabrook down: Brent Seabrook was lost for the game after Rene Bourque hit him from behind late in the first period. The concern is of another head injury, which would be one of several Seabrook has endured over the last few seasons. His head hit the ice face-first and while he walked off on his own, he looked woozy. The Hawks called it an upper-body injury and said his night was done.

What’s next: The Hawks hit the road for a Tuesday affair in Pittsburgh. Pens star Sidney Crosby is on the injured list due to concussion symptoms but is eligible to return at anytime.