Thursday, October 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Jets 3
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at the United Center.
How it happened: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville used his timeout in the first period after two tip-in goals by Jim Slater and that seemed to ignite the Hawks. They scored four unanswered goals. Patrick Kane had points on three of the goals including his first tally of the season after a nice play by Marian Hossa entering the offensive zone. Hossa also scored and Daniel Carcillo earned an assist in his first game as a Blackhawk. Andrew Brunette added a power-play goal, his second with the man advantage this season. The game tightened as goalie Ray Emery had some shaky moments, but the Hawks prevailed with a solid final 20 minutes.
What it means: The Hawks answered the bell, getting the score to 2-1 when they needed to, before the floodgates opened. Emery could have been better, but he settled down enough to win the game after trailing 2-0. The trio of Kane, Hossa and Carcillo clicked instantly and Carcillo made his presence felt with a four-hit first period. Dave Bolland's line was good as well but Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Brunette had a quiet night despite some chances in the third and the power-play tally by Brunette.
Reunion: The return to the United Center of Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd for the first time since helping the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010 provided some nice applause when they took the ice but both had relatively quiet nights. They did combine for 10 shots, but neither registered a point in the game.
What’s next: The Hawks host the Boston Bruins on Saturday in a matchup of the previous two Stanley Cup-winning teams.