Another game, another win against the Winnipeg Jets, and another standout performance for the stars of the Chicago Blackhawks lifted the team to their first win on a long road trip which has five games remaining. Blackhawks winger and NHL veteran Marian Hossa made his return to the ice tonight, and his impact was felt throughout the game.
Hossa’s impact was felt throughout the game, and he was slowly inserted back into every phase of the game, including power play and penalty kill time. When it was all said and done, Hossa has three takeaways, two points and a plus three rating.
While Hossa’s performance was special, since it was his first game back from injury, it was just another day at the office for Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Everything from the four points (one goal and three assists) to the 18-for-26 performance Toews put on at the face off dot was just what the team needed going forward.
Looking ahead at the remainder of this road trip, the Blackhawks will trudge on through Canada against adequate competition, but will need the veteran leadership of Toews and Hossa to continue performing like they did tonight and not regress into the habits which have hurt them as a team earlier in the season.
A large point of emphasis still remains the penalty kill, a unit that continues to be among the worst in the league. Tonight, they were 2-for-4, allowing both tallies in the second period, which got the Jets back into the game.
However, unlike earlier in the season, it appears the Blackhawks have found ways to put games away, thanks, in part, to an overall boost in goal scoring. Tonight, the Blackhawks came out and put 13 shots on net for a total of three goals, including the empty netter that sealed the deal for the Blackhawks.
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