Blackhawks Ground Jets 4-1

On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks put their loss to the Flames and visit to the White House in the rear view mirror and returned to winning hockey games.

The Hawks’ top line of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa was dominant the entire night. Toews opened the night’s scoring in the first period and Sharp closed the book for Chicago, scoring his fourth of the year and the fourth of the game for the Blackhawks.

Toews won 15 of 17 faceoffs in a complete performance. Sharp had the primary assist on Toews’ goal, giving him two points in the game. And Hossa led the team with five shots on goal.

Hossa and Patrick Kane saw extra shifts throughout the game as coach Joel Quenneville opted to scratch Jeremy Morin. Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank started the game as the right wing on the third line, but was on the ice for only 47 seconds in the first period. Thankfully, with the game under control for the final 40 minutes, Brookbank was on the ice for 8:14 in the game, keeping both Kane and Hossa under 20 minutes.

Kane had a special offensive night, handling the puck around and through the Jets defense on a number of occasions. He scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season with under six seconds left in the first period, a tally that help up as the game-winner.

Brandon Pirri scored his third of the season and the Hawks’ third of the night off a gorgeous outlet pass from Ben Smith in the second period.

Duncan Keith was credited with secondary assists on both of the first period goals. Brent Seabrook was also credited with an assist in the game. Keith now has 12 assists on the young season, putting him among the top 10 in the NHL (overall, not only defensemen).

Late in the third, Brandon Bollig put Adam Pardy into the first row of the seats – literally.

Corey Crawford was solid again, stopping 24 of 25 shots in the victory. His 2.10 goals against average ranks sixth among netminders with at least 10 games played this year, and his nine wins rank second in the NHL behind only Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury.

Both teams were 0-2 on the power play on Wednesday night. The Hawks have killed six of seven penalties in their last five games. Over those five games, in which the Hawks are 4-0-1, Chicago has outscored their opponents 22-11.

As they did for Dave Bolland when Toronto was in town, the Blackhawks had a nice moment for returning champion Michael Frolik during the game. Former Hawk Dustin Byfuglien was credited with the secondary assist on Devin Setoguchi’s goal in the third period.