The last time the Chicago Blackhawks went 4-0 to start the season, it was in 1972. (By the way, after that hot start, the Black Hawks won one more game before they went into a seven-game slump. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself there, huh?) It wasn’t easy, but after Kari Lehtonen stoned them early in the game, the team found a way to solve him and get the two points.
Let’s break down what happened after the jump!
The main reason why the Blackhawks won this game is that the stars of the team are playing like, well, the stars of the team. Funny how that works, huh? Even though his skating still sometimes resembles that of someone who has spent a few too many nights awake with a newborn, Patrick Sharp has six points in six games, including this hilarious goal that deflected off of Stars’ defenseman Trevor Dailey‘s stick:
After Jonathan Toews tied the game, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa made magic happen on the game winner in overtime. (I’m so in love with this goal, and that little behind-the-back move Kane did to make it happen. It makes me tear up a little just thinking about it.)
But this comeback probably wouldn’t have happened if Duncan Keith hadn’t saved the game with some quick thinking. Seriously, think about it — if this goal had gone in, it would’ve been two straight periods in this game where the Blackhawks had given up a goal at the last second. The score would’ve been 3-1 Stars, and the Blackhawks would go to the locker room, already feeling defeated. Instead, Keith’s save gave the Blackhawks some hope going into the third.
Speaking of the defense, it’s been pretty damn great these past few games. I mean, sure, Michal Rozsival had a bad giveaway that turned into a Ray Whitney goal — but of course Whitney turned that into a goal because he’s a million years old and has literally seen every hockey play ever. Nick Leddy has four points in four games because he never wants to go back to Rockford again. Niklas Hjalmarsson has re-discovered his love of hitting people, and pairing him with Johnny Oduya has just made both of their games that much better. Then there’s Keith, who wants another Norris Trophy, apparently.
You may notice that I didn’t include Brent Seabrook in the above assessment. This is because he’s been playing like a man who sat on his ass for the past three months, eating nachos. He’ll get it together once he works the rust off, I’m sure, but right now… geez.
Corey Crawford was decent, even if he should have had that first goal. At least he didn’t let it get him down like the Emo Goalie he used to be. As good as he’s been the past three games he’s started, however, I expect Ray Emery to get the start in Columbus on Saturday so Crawford is good and rested against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.