Viktor Stalberg has emerged as a legitimate second-tier scorer for the Blackhawks, and continued playing the hottest hockey of his NHL career on Monday night as the Hawks hammered the Jackets 4-1 at the United Center.
Stalberg inched closer to his career high in points (24, established last year) with another big night. He scored his eighth and ninth goals in the second period as the Hawks pulled away from the Jackets 3-0 before the final frame.
He was also credited with his third game-winning goal on the season, also tying a career best. Stalberg now has three consecutive multi-point games and seven points in his last four games.
Patrick Sharp opened the scoring with his 19th of the season, on which Marian Hossa extended a personal point streak to eight games. Hossa later added the Hawks’ fourth goal of the night, his 16th of the year. Only Sharp and Teemu Selanne have had personal point streaks of nine games in the NHL this year.
Dave Bolland had two assists in the game, his first multi-point game since the home opener. Corey Crawford allowed one goal in the game against 38 shots. He has now won his last two starts after watching Ray Emery start through most of December.
Andrew Brunette, Brent Seabrook and Sean O’Donnell were credited with assists in the game. Brandon Pirri, playing in his second straight game, won only two of eight faceoffs but was credited with a team-high three hits (tied with Seabrook). Marcus Kruger returned to the lineup and skated 14:23, including 2:01 short-handed and 1:15 on the power play.
Daniel Carcillo skated for the first time in almost a week, and reportedly hopes to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.