The Blackhawks entered the the last couple weeks staring at a stretch of games that would play a major factor in their playoff hopes. With four straight games against teams they were directly competing with for playoff position, it would be crucial to play well.
Play well? Charlie Sheen wishes he did this much winning.
Their 6-4 win on Wednesday night completed an incredible stretch of five straight wins against Western Conference foes. Even more impressive, only one of the five games went overtime; the Blackhawks not only won, but kept their opponents from putting a point into the standings.
BTO didn’t take care of business that well.
While captain (and league MVP) Jonathan Toews has certainly stolen the headlines over the last month, contributions have come from all over the roster.
On Wednesday night, Ryan Johnson won 11 of 12 faceoffs. Michael Frolik finally got on the board, scoring his first goal as a member of the Hawks and adding two assists. Dave Bolland, Marian Hossa and Brian Campbell each had a goal and an assist as well. Heck, Viktor Stalberg even got into a fight!
Oh, and Toews scored two more goals.
Toews increased his personal point streak to seven games, five of which have been multi-point games. His two points on Wednesday give him 63 on the season – in 62 games. He currently ranks 10th in the NHL in points, and has the second-best plus-minus of the top 10 scorers (plus-21).
Now in fourth place in the Western Conference, the Hawks are streaking towards home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.