The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 in Minnesota tonight. There won’t be much rest for the weary though as the Blackhawks return home to play the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night.
Even with Minnesota dominating the early stretch of play and compiling a 10-7 edge in shots in the first period, it was the Blackhawks who took a lead into the locker room. Patrick Sharp would score his second goal of the year at 17:33.
During the second period, it was Corey Crawford who was spectacular. He made a save with his helmet at one point. But he couldn’t keep them all out of the net. Crawford was hung out to dry when Duncan Keith tried to step up and cut off a play at center ice; but Mikhail Granlund made a beautiful pass to spring Jason Pominville who fired a slap shot past Crawford at 11:27. The Blackhawks would immediately respond as Niklas Backstrom was slow to get up and Patrick Kane found Sheldon Brookbank who unleashed a slap shot into an open net at 13:21. There would be more scoring for the Blackhawks on the power play. Brent Seabrook kept the puck in the zone after it missed the net. He found Nick Leddy who fired a slap shot over the glove of Backstrom at 16:43.
The final period would see the Blackhawks assert their dominance. Brandon Saad would make a ridiculous behind his back pass to Kane on a two on one for a tap in at 2:47 of the third period. It would only get better for Saad who made a sweet move and then slid a backhand through the five hole of Backstrom at 8:43 to cap the scoring.
What it means
The Blackhawks get a crucial two points after losing to Minnesota at home on Saturday. These are one of the crucial four point games that the Blackhawks play in that they must take full advantage of as Joel Quenneville likes to say. The victory tonight for the Blackhawks was the first regulation loss for Minnesota at home this year.
3 stars of the game
3. Patrick Kane- Kane had another strong game as he had one goal and one assist. Also, Kane was a plus one and had three shots on goal. It has been an impressive season for Kane so far who has seven goals and eleven points in twelve games.
2. Corey Crawford- Tonight was about redemption for Crawford who had a horrible game on Saturday. On Saturday, Crawford gave up five goals on twenty-five shots. Tonight, Crawford made 29 saves on 30 shots for his sixth win of the year.
1. Brandon Saad- Saad had a great game and scored his third goal of the season. In addition, Saad picked up an assist as well and was a plus two. Saad was all over the ice with four shots on goal and another three that missed the net.