Viktor Stalberg Stays Hot, Blackhawks Roll Jackets

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.

3 thoughts on “Viktor Stalberg Stays Hot, Blackhawks Roll Jackets

  • December 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    At this point, Stahlberg should be given some PP time…considering some of the people who have made up the 2nd unit, he definitely deserves a shot there…

    Also, why continue this experiment with Brunette on the top line…he doesn’t belong and really hurts them offensively 5 on 5…

  • December 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Brad, I don’t think it is an experiment ( Bruno on 1st line)… Q knows it doesn’t really work ( I hope). I think the Experiment is where else can we play Stalberg and Frolik??? Both should score more than they do! Stalberg, has been answered for now… Frolik actually had his best game in quite a while ( maybe he needs to be 4th line w/ no pressure and playing against dogs).

    The question on this site has been… do we add “D” or a 1st/2nd line Power forward at the trade deadline? I have contended all along that we need a power forward! Our team “D” has been much better (as long as Keith remembers what color shirt he is passing to and Monty doesn’t fall down)… my concern is Kane… he simply is not getting the scoring chances he has in the past (except when he played w/ Hoss).

    assuming Q knows Bruno is really 4th line/ bench player… a true power forward would allow kane more skating room/scoring chances! or Sharpie to go back to 1st line.

  • December 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Wall, I agree that Kane should skate with a better PWF. At least someone faster. I liked Hoss, Kane, Carcillo. Carcillo created space and allowed Kane and Hoss room to skate. Maybe Stalberg, Kane, Hoss. Stalberg speed would require an opposing D man to always cover him.

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