Goals were precious in the Chicago Blackhawks’ slim 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 on Sunday, so it’s that much clearer that the reunited Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa line made a huge difference.
For one thing, they helped Chicago erase a 1-0 lead with what a second-period performance that left head coach Joel Quenneville raving.
That great performance included an assist for Patrick Sharp, as Bryan Bickell went to the net for a power-play goal:
(Bickell enjoyed his fair share of good times with Toews and Hossa in these playoffs, as well.)
Hossa assisted on this Toews game-winning goal, which is remarkably already the Blackhawks captain’s fourth GWG of these young playoffs:
That accounts for four of the seven game-winning goals the Blackhawks have scored, leaving Hossa obviously impressed:
Close or not, a a win makes a huge difference and continues a powerful trend for Chicago:
The Wild got out of this situation against the Colorado Avalanche, yet familiarity doesn’t inspire much comfort from Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo:
Opponents of Toews have had that feeling quite a few times the last few years.