Maybe they should play “I Love LA” every time Patrick Sharp steps on the ice.
Sharp scored his 15th and 16th goals in 20 games against the Kings, leading a box score that had many of (what should be) the usual suspects making an impact. Jonathan Toewswas credited with the game-winning goal and an assist, Tomas Kopecky had two assists, Marian Hossa scored a goal for the first time since Nov. 14 and Sharp had three points (two goals, one assist) as the Blackhawks battled their way back from an ugly first period to win a big goad game.
After the game, Toews said this was “a good game for us to win on the road.”
The trouble this year is, the “usual suspects” have spent most of the year injured.
“My shoulder is fine,” said Toews. “[I] didn’t feel a thing on the first hit.”
On paper, most of the game was positive for the Blackhawks. Despite being called for five penalties, including three straight within a four minute stretch in the third period, the Hawks only allowed a goal on one Kings power play. And the Hawks took advantage of their opportunities with the advantage, scoring on two of their four power plays.
One night have being thoroughly dominated by Anaheim, the Blackhawks bounced back to sweep the season series with their fourth win of the year against a good LA Kings team.
Before their morning skate, the Blackhaws held a team meeting. The players weren’t giving away any locker room secrets after the game, and the team’s captain put it best.
“All speculation outside the [locker] room doesn’t matter,” said Toews. “What’s said inside the room is what’s important.”
Based on their performance on Monday night, it appears what was said between the first and second periods made the biggest impact.
And thus continues the bipolar season that is the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks.