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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Flames 4

By Jesse Rogers

Here's a quick look at the Hawks' 6-4 win over the Flames on Wednesday.

How it happened: The Hawks continued their hot play, getting two more goals from Jonathan Toews while Michael Frolik broke a 32-game goal-less streak with his first tally as a Hawk. Toews, along with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp dominated again. Their tick-tac-toe passing play in the first period was a thing of beauty with Toews finishing for the early lead. The Hawks broke open a 2-1 game with a dominating finish to the second period, scoring two goals in the final 82 seconds. The Hawks had an early third period letdown giving up two goals in the first nine minutes, but recovered after a timeout by Joel Quenneville. Dave Bolland scored the Hawks' fifth of the game a few minutes later and Marian Hossa iced the game with an empty-netter.

What it means: It means the Hawks are playing their best hockey of the season by a wide a margin, despite another third period drop-off. No one is playing better than Toews. He has five goals in his past three games as his line continues to dominate. He’s been looking to shoot more and its paying off. Getting a goal from Michael Frolik and his line adds another layer of danger to the Hawks arsenal. Frolik had his first two points as a Hawk. The Hawks jumped the Flames in the standings and currently hold the No. 4 seed in the western conference. They swept four in a row against playoff contenders.

What’s next: A five-game string of Eastern Conference foes begins on Friday when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes. Then its off on a four game road trip out East as nine of the Hawks final 18 games are against the eastern conference.