The scorelines all say the same thing: 6-2, 6-2, 7-2. Those are not an early-20th century football scores, those are hockey scores. The team responsible for those scores is the Chicago Blackhawks. Their victims have been the Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. What do all these games have in common? Well, aside from the fact that the teams are not the best in the NHL, it’s that the Blackhawks’ offense has been running roughshod over these teams.
The skill of the opponents aside, the Blackhawks’ offense is on a roll. And it just wasn’t these three games, either. They’ve scored five or more goals in 42 percent of the games they’ve played so far, and they’re leading the league in goals scored with 125. Their closest competitors in this, the Anaheim Ducks, have 106. They have an average of 3.68 goals per game. Again, that’s the best in the league.
During the game with the Flyers, seven different Blackhawks scored. Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Michal Handzus, Kris Versteeg, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp all lit the lamp, with five of those goals coming in the second period. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane is one point behind Sidney Crosby for the league lead in total points. To put it simply, the Blackhawks have weapons and they’re not afraid to use them. And just think of what could happen once Bryan Bickell comes back!
All this comes after the Blackhawks were struggling just to score three points a game back in October. Head coach Joel Quenneville‘s patience may have paid off in the end. If anything, depending on how the Hawks do in the playoffs, this might end up being one of the highest-scoring Blackhawks teams in recent memory. While they still have a few issues to work out (their defense, penalty kill and injuries), this is a very entertaining team to watch.