Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Canucks 1
November, 16, 2011
By Jesse Rogers
VANCOUVER -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
How it Happened: After getting down 1-0 just seconds into the middle period, the Hawks scored five straight goals. A once dormant power play has come alive, scoring twice in the second period to take control of the game. Steve Montador and Marcus Kruger were again part of the action on the first goal as the former fed the latter, who fed Andrew Brunette for a one-timer.
Later, after a face-off win in the offensive zone, Patrick Kane took a puck to the middle of the ice and deflected one in for a second man-advantage tally by the visitors.
Three third period goals broke open a close game. Jonathan Toews scored after a hustle play by Marian Hossa, as Hossa found Viktor Stalberg, who fed Toews in front of the net for the easy goal. Less than two minutes later Patrick Sharp sent one on goal from the point that squeaked by goalie Cory Schneider. Finally, Steve Montador scored his fourth goal in as many games after Hossa set him up with an open look.
What it Means: Everyone knew the Hawks had too much talent to fail on the power play for very long, but it wasn’t until Joel Quenneville made the right changes that it took off. It’s scored six goals in the last four games. Montador and Kruger continue to look like power play veterans showing unusual chemistry. Playing without Brent Seabrook the Hawks had to figure things out in the first period, skating in their own zone too much, but they settled in pretty well after that.
Corey Crawford was called upon to make several big saves but the key to the game was special teams. The Hawks got the message after the previous meeting between the teams when Vancouver scored five power play goals. Chicago didn’t give the Canucks a single chance with the man-advantage on Wednesday. The visitors played a great third period to leave no doubt about the outcome. The Hawks have won four in a row after losing three straight to improve to 12-4-3 on the year.
What’s Next: The Hawks will take a flight to Calgary immediately following the game for a practice day there on Thursday before facing the Flames Friday night.