With that power play goal in the second period, Patrick Kane extended his personal point streak to 25 consecutive games. It also extended the Blackhawks lead in the game to 2-0, which was one goal more than they needed on Friday night.
The Hawks came into the week looking at four games against two division rivals in six days. Winnipeg visited the United Center on Sunday and again on Friday, with a home-and-home against Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday. Even with the dumpster fire of a performance in the first period in Nashville, Chicago successfully won three of the four in regulation to capture six of eight points over the stretch.
Corey Crawford won the week, however. In three starts, Crawford was 3-0-0 and stopped 91 of 93 shots – a .978 save percentage – against Winnipeg twice and Nashville once. He was dominant, and should be near the top of the list for the NHL’s Stars of the Week after his three performances.
One night after their awful performance against the Preds, the Hawks relied heavily on their stars to get the home win. Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the first period on Friday night. Chicago’s captain skated more than 22 minutes and won 11 of 17 faceoffs.
Thanks to five power plays and five penalty kills, the Hawks’ bottom six saw limited action on Friday. Bryan Bickell only skated 6:45, the lowest ice time total on the team. Dennis Rasmussen only got on the ice for 6:58, while Brandon Mashinter and Andrew Shaw were also limited to less than ten minutes on the ice.
Trevor Daley returned to the ice after his scary injury against Winnipeg earlier in the week. He skated 8:44 and blocked two shots in the win.
The Hawks host the Vancouver Canucks at the UC on Sunday evening.