For the second time in four days, the Blackhawks added to the growing frustration of the Minnesota Wild. This time at the United Center, another Chicago scoring barrage buried the Wild quickly.
Three Blackhawks – Bryan Bickell, Marian Hossa and Brad Richards – scored their ninth goals of the season and Johnny Oduya added his second as the Hawks handled their business in the game’s first 40 minutes.
Patrick Kane picked up assists on the goals from Bickell and Richards to continue his dominance of Minnesota this season. Kane now has eight points (two goals, six assists) in three games against the Wild this season.
Jonathan Toews is right there with Kane, adding two more assists to his season tally on Sunday night. Toews now has one goal and five assists in three games against the division rivals.
Hossa, Bickell and Richards each added an assist to give the Blackhawks five players with a multi-point night on Sunday.
Sunday marked another strong performance from Bickell, who has stepped up his play in the new calendar year. Starting on Dec. 29, Bickell has three multi-point games in his last seven contests, and has five points in six games in January after posting only 13 points in the season’s first three months. Bickell also led the Hawks with five hits on Sunday night.
Unfortunately, Matt Cooke beat Corey Crawford to break up the shutout bid in the third period. Crawford had another strong night, stopping 36 of 37 in the victory. After some concern about Crawford when he returned from an injury, he has now stopped 100 of 105 (.952 save percentage) over his last three starts (2-1-0).
Teuvo Teravainen looked more confident once again, and spent the entire night at wing on a line with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp. He was credited with four shots on goal and one missed shot in 14:41, and played better without the puck on both ends of the ice as well.
The Hawks are now off until hosting Winnipeg on Friday night.