Sidney Brown brings his weekly dispatches from the front lines of Chicago Blackhawks fandom every week during the hockey season.
It turned out that last Sunday’s performance in St. Louis was all that Marian Hossa needed to jump start his scoring. This past week has been one of epic proportions for Hossa with his scoring 2 or more goals in three consecutive games while adding the game-winning goal last Friday versus New Jersey in a 3-1 victory.
As it turns out Hossa’s recent output marks an historic run, as the NHL’s First Star of the Week joined a group of hockey legends for a rare feat in the game.
Hossa became the first player to score 2 or more goals in three consecutive games since Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds did it between December 21st and the 28th of 2013.
He also became the sixth Hawks player in team history to notch three straight multi-goal games in one season. The others:
Bobby Hull (1965-66)
Doug Mohns (1968-69)
Al Secord (1981-82)
Steve Lamar (1990-91)
Steve Sullivan (2002-03)
Hawks Managing Traffic Well
Rear view mirrors typically feature a message that says “objects are closer than they appear.” It appears the Hawks have to mind the recent traffic coming into their home environment.
In spite of lapses against Arizona and Vancouver, the Hawks have managed to post a 2-0-2 record at the halfway point of their current eight-game home stand at the United Center.
You can point to different areas for the Hawks recent success, including the penalty kill unit, which has killed off 6 out of 7 penalties during the home stand. That seven is part of a 14 out of 15 penalty run in their last eight games overall, helping the unit remain the best in the NHL.
In net, Corey Crawford has returned to top form, collecting 177 saves off 190 shots while posting a .932 save percentage for the month of February. The Hawks have a 7-2 record in shootouts this season, including two shootout victories over Pittsburgh, the latest coming this past Sunday. What a turnaround from last season where Chicago posted a 6-8 record overall in shootouts.
Also positive — the power play unit, which has scored in 3 of their last 14 chances and have climbed a couple of spots up the charts to 11th overall in the NHL.
As its typically been of late, the two players leading the charge in terms of scoring have been MVP candidate Patrick Kane and the red hot Hossa. In his last five games Kane has added to his league-leading scoring total (63) with one goal and four assists, including a 3-point performance in a 5-4 overtime loss to Vancouver and his shootout goal versus Pittsburgh added to his season highlight reel.
R.I.P. Steve Montador (1979-2015)
Former Hawk Steve Montodar was found dead in his home outside of Mississauga, Ontario Canada this past Sunday morning. The cause of death is yet to be determined and there was no foul play involved.
Steve played 52 games for the Hawks in the 2011-12 season, collecting 14 points (9 assists) along the way. An NHL journeyman, Montador also played for Calgary, Florida, Anaheim, Boston and Buffalo over 531 career games, he posted 131 career points. Montador’s career playoff stats include 43 games played while posting eight career points (5 assists).
Goals — Patrick Kane (27); Assists — Kane (36); Points — Kane (63); Goals Against Average — Antti Raanta (1.81); Penalty Minutes — Daniel Carcillo (42).
Goals Per Game: 2.9 (8th in NHL)
Goals Allowed: 2.3 (2nd in NHL)
Power Play Percentage: 18.9 (11th in NHL)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 87.9 (1st in NHL)
The Road Ahead (2/18 – 2/24)*
Tonight vs. Detroit Red Wings — 7 p.m.
Friday vs. Colorado Avalanche — 7:30 p.m.
Sunday vs. Boston Bruins — 2 p.m.
Tuesday vs. Florida Panthers — 7:30 p.m.
*All Times Central
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