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Blackhawks Exit Basement, Keep Win Streak Alive

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their win streak following a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Photo from The Rink

If we go back one month and evaluate the Chicago Blackhawks’ season, it didn’t seem like there was much hope for a team that resided in the basement of the National Hockey League. They had a 15-21-7 record and had lost 4-2 to the Bruins in the Winter Classic. If you go back a bit further, the Hawks managed to finish out 2018 on a high by winning five of their last six but then lost seven of their next eight, including the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

Despite the cold streak, Chicago still believed they had a chance to compete for a Wild Card spot and they’ve gotten some swagger back the last couple weeks with their most recent win a 4-3 overtime thriller over the Wild on Feb 2. Of course, it’s that much sweeter to pick up another win in the Central Conference, let alone beat Minnesota.

Here’s some rapid reaction from their win:

Chicago entered with the worst power play defense in the league which got exposed early with the Wild cashing in. On the flip side, the power play offense for the Hawks has been hot recently and kept control in their zone much of the night, leading to a pair of goals which included the OT winner.

Once Chicago tied things up in the second period, the offense came to life and had more shot opportunities and the defense forced some turnovers in the center of the ice to allow for some breakaway chances. The Wild fans were held silent until they scored two goals in the third to force extra time.

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 11 straight games and now has 76 points on the season, trailing only Nikita Kucherov (79 points) of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Collin Delia saved 28 of 31 attempts and now has a 5-2-3 record.

Chicago won its fourth straight game, their longest streak this season.

Goal scorers: Alex DeBrincat (26), Erik Gustafsson (9), Jonathan Toews (23), Erik Gustafsson (10)

Upcoming games: At Edmonton Oilers (Feb. 5), Home vs. Vancouver Canucks (Feb. 7), Home vs Detroit Red Wings (Feb. 10)

 

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