Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Blue Jackets 1
March, 6, 2014
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Thursday.
How it happened: Searching for more offense heading into the game, the Blackhawks got plenty of it Thursday night. Chicago went off for six goals, including three in the second period, to win for the first time at the United Center since Jan. 19. Andrew Shaw broke out of a recent slump, scoring two goals. Jonathan Toews also scored twice and has five goals in the past three games. Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell scored the Blackhawks’ other goals. Marcus Kruger and Brent Seabrook each had two assists for the Blackhawks. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the second period after allowing his fourth goal.
What it means: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some line changes leading into the game after the team had scored just three goals total in its previous three indoor games. The Blackhawks scored five at Soldier Field on Saturday, but the conditions made that an unusual game. Quenneville’s moves paid off in a big way against Columbus. The Blackhawks improved to 37-13-14 with 88 points and remained in second place in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks extended their winning streak over the Blue Jackets to 12 games. The Blackhawks last lost to them in 2011.
Player of the game: Shaw snapped an 11-game goalless streak with his two goals. He had zero points and a minus-2 rating over his previous five games.
Stat of the game: Thirteen Blackhawks registered a point in the victory.
What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to Patrick Kane's hometown of Buffalo to face the Sabres on Sunday.