Friday night’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche was a much anticipated event following a brief holiday break. It was the first of two divisional games that mean a lot for Chicago. They needed to prove themselves and when it comes to proving themselves, the Blackhawks are nothing short of amazing.
The most notable event of the game was obviously the hat trick scored by winger Patrick Sharp, which was made even more special as it was the veteran’s 32nd birthday. His trio of goals were scored within an eight-minute time span, starting late in the first period and extending early into the second. Sharp’s goals had the added advantage of being flawlessly executed.
What I enjoyed most about Sharp’s showing on Friday night is that is seemed to be a metaphor for the rest of the game. He skated with speed and precision, and seemed to be an unstoppable force once he started finding the back of the net. The same can be said of the rest of the game as far as the Chicago lineup was concerned.
The Blackhawks started out the season well and have hit a few snags in the road, which is natural. However, the Blackhawks have also soared to great heights, riding the momentum of a team that seems to have all the talent in the world and nothing but time to showcase it.
The Chicago roster has worked together in a beautiful manner that has allowed them to win a series of high-scoring games, leaving their opponents in the dust. They make it look so easy, but it is evident that they are working really hard to achieve these spectacular results. Continued displays of hockey talent will propel the Blackhawks to a repeat Stanley Cup title.