Blackhawks Leaders Step Up, Hammer Ducks

After an ugly first few minutes, the Blackhawks veteran leadership had a huge third period and got Chicago out of the loss column.

The offensive outburst was exceptional, and the key players that need to carry this team did so in a big way.

Patrick Sharp had his second career hat trick, and Jonathan Toews had a career-high five point night (two goals, three assists) in the victory. Today marked the first time Sharp and  Toews each had multi-goal games on the same day.

The last Blackhawks player with five point game was Jeff Hamilton, who had three goals and two assists on March 10, 2007 against Phoenix. Oddly enough, Sharp had two goals in that Hawks victory.

Toews was in beast mode the entire game, playing his heart out on every shift. He won 12 of 21 faceoffs and was plus-three for the afternoon. Viktor Stalberg also had a fantastic game, with assists on the Toews and Sharp goals that were scored 28 seconds apart to begin the third period. He was only on the ice for 11:40, but was noticeably effective on each shift he took with Toews and Marian Hossa.

Brent Seabrook returned to the ice for Chicago and tied with Niklas Hjalmarsson for the team high with three hits; Hjalmarsson also got hammered into the boards a couple times early as the Ducks established a physical edge early in the game.

Marcus Kruger had an interesting night, winning all eight of his faceoffs and registering one assist. He spent most of the third period at win on the third line with Dave Bolland and Andrew Brunette, as Bryan Bickell once again found himself at the end of the bench. Only Dan Carcillo (6:24) had less ice time on Friday afternoon than Bickell (6:48).

In total, four Blackhawks had a multi-point game. Sharp, Toews, Stalberg and Duncan Keith all had at least a second point, with Stalberg and Keith both getting two assists in the game.

The win broke a three game losing streak for the Hawks and was just another in a long line of losses for the Ducks, who have been awful in November. Jonas Hiller fell apart in the third period, and was removed for Dan Ellis for the final 16 minutes of the game.

There are now 21 players in the NHL with at least 22 points, and four of them – Toews, Hossa, Kane and Sharp – are Blackhawks. With 24 points, Toews is now tied for seventh in the league, six behind Toronto’s Phil Kessel. Toews’ 12 goals are tied for third in the NHL, just four behind Kessel as well.

7 thoughts on “Blackhawks Leaders Step Up, Hammer Ducks

  1. Carcillo was noticible on his 6+ minutes on the ice. He went to the net hard a couple times and created a few chances. Bickell was not so noticeable. I would also like to see Carcillo give a few more hits out there. He could play more physical without being a full time goon.

  2. Kane has 16 assists, or as many as Bolland (2), Brunette (5), Frolik (4) and Carcillo (5) combined.

    We talked about it.

  3. the good news-
    Kruger, had a great game… Bruno-Kruger-Bollie actually looked ok! (or Ducks that bad). It looks like the 2nd PP unit has inspired the 1st PP unit ( 1st PP unit is actually skating and attacking )… Toews, Sharp.
    Pirri scored 2 more goals for Rockford-

    Now the Bad news-
    5 goals- to a Duck team that has not been scoring.
    Third man on 2nd line (Frolik tonite) still a non-factor…

  4. Bollie is a beast anyway. Remember the Stanley Cup playoffs/finals? I think he had 9 goals? He made things happen at key times in key games. He was in discussions for Conn Smythe.

  5. Tazer and Bolly are one of the two best/one of the best at 1st and check line center. Always keep them there. Its better to have Kaner/Sharpy at 2nd, untill we have someone like gagner/etc. or Pirri/etc. thats really good to have Kaner back at a wing. I can’t wait until we find/get the player that makes Kaners line click reguarly like which one Hoss is on at the time. To have both lines tearing it up will be awesome.


    Try Bicks at 2nd wing, Fro has tried and others. Why not, maybe it sparks Bicks, he is a power forward, just needs to play like it and how he can. Maybe that helps him or he can always play 4th wing, just hit (clean) way more often like Eager. Play the way Eager did. Try Pirri at 4th center, see if can get points there. If he does good, during a game throw him on the 2nd for awhile w Kaner and Hoss. I want to see these guys get a chance to play on these lines that we need/looking for a better fit. Why not, we might find something.

    Even if Kruggs is good at center, if he plays check wing. Then Pirri can get the oppertunity, looking for that cemestry. Too complete the 2nd line. If Bruno is quick enough to play against other top lines defensivly that would be nice, he seemed to have a closer pace and flow w/Bolly. Those two seemed to be smooth together… Don’t forget about Beny might work at 2nd wing too. Lets try everyone we got (that makes sense…) now, while we have all of them.

    I can’t wait too see this (when these guys are both ready).

    I wish some of these guys were ready now and had 40 games under belt.

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