The Blackhawks just keep streaking along. They made it five wins in a row tonight all while playing without Jordan Hendry and waiting on Chris Campoli to arrive from Ottawa after acquiring him this afternoon before the trade deadline.
Jonathan Toews kept his stellar play of late rolling along with a goal and two assists to lead Chicago tonight. The Blackhawks captain has 21 points in his last 13 games. It’s no coincidence that the Hawks are 8-3-2 in those games. Patrick Sharp scored his 33rd goal of the year while Marian Hossa added his 16th. Tomas Kopecky scored his 12th of the year.
For Chicago, the win vaults them up the standings and into a fifth place tie with Los Angeles. Minnesota, meanwhile, stays tied with Dallas and Nashville in the West for seventh place. Just imagine if these tight standings keep up the rest of the way through the season.
Martin Havlat and Brent Burns each scored for the Wild. For Havlat it was his 20th goal of the year and for Burns his 16th. With Mikko Koivu out with a broken finger, these two are doing their best to keep the offense going for the Wild. Tonight it was just the case of running into a hotter team.
Corey Crawford saved 24 shots to earn his 22nd win of the year. Niklas Backstrom saved 30 shots in the loss as the Blackhawks kept him busy all night. The hot run by Chicago is precisely the thing they were in need of after falling back in the West race. It’s also proof that all any team in the playoff hunt in the West needs to do to get locked into a spot in the playoffs is to get hot at the right time.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.