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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Avs 0

By Jesse Rogers

How it happened: The Hawks didn’t let an early penalty discourage them, and after killing it off, they took control of the game. Goals by Troy Brouwer and Dave Bolland set the tone in the first period, and Chicago never looked back. The pace Joel Quenneville has been looking for was evident throughout in the complete victory. It’s the second consecutive shutout for Corey Crawford who has a scoreless streak of 126:25. As has become the norm for him, he made some saves during scrums in front of his net with plenty of bodies around him. Fernando Pisani and Jack Skille tallied as well.

What it means: In the days leading up to the game the Hawks talked about playing 60 minutes against Colorado. In three previous contests they had failed to do so. They played 60 minutes on Wednesday for their third consecutive win. The Hawks also leapfrogged the Avalanche in the standings and got contributions from throughout their lineup in the victory. And they didn’t even need a goal from one of their true stars. On defense it was arguably Nick Leddy’s best game as a Hawk.

Extra time: After a pane of glass was broken behind the Colorado net toward the end of the second period, the referees decided to send the teams to their dressing rooms with 2:07 left so the glass could be fixed. They played the final 2:07 after the intermission and then played the full 20 minute third period.

What’s next: The Hawks have two more days off before a home and home set with the red hot Nashville Predators. They’ll play in Nashville on Saturday and then back at home on Sunday.