by Vince Maranto on 02/18/12 at 08:30 PM ET
Yes, indeed, it only takes 2 games for a streak to occur. The Hawks have their first one in quite some time now after beating the Blue Jackets in Columbus by a score of 6 - 1. .The Hawks rattled off 6 straight goals after falling behind 1 - 0. It was the 5th time they have beaten them in 5 games. There is, of course, one games left between the two teams.
It was Crawford (19-14-5) against Steve Mason (7-20-2) to start the game. Andrew Shaw was sent down to Rockford and Jimmy Hates was brought up. The lines were slightly juggled. The first line of Sharp, Toews & Kane remained in tact, and for the second game in a row came up big. They have 12 points in those 2 games. The rest looked like this; 2) Brunette, Kruger, Hossa. 3) Stalberg, Bolland, Bickell. 4) Hayes, Mayers, Scott.
In the 1st period, a turnover in their own zone, led to a goal by Brassard. Seabrook then saved a 2nd Blue jacket score by clearing the puck out of the crease behind Crawford. From that point on, however, it would be all Blackhawks lighting the lamp.
Toews, from deep in his own zone, brought the puck all the way down ice. As he crossed the crease, he scored, while avoiding Mason. 1 - 1 game. As Mason got back to his crease, later in the game, Bickell made a pass to Stalberg, who scored. Stalberg kept his Columbus scoring streak alive. Then, Kaner ALMOST mimicked his Superman, All Star Shoot Out goal. He dove to the ice, hands extended and almost knocked the puck in with his stick! The score remained 2 - 1 Hawks.
The second period featured another defensive zone turnover by Chicago. This time Cro came up with the Big save. Hayes & MacKenzie dropped the gloves about half way into the period, and both went away for 5 minutes. Then it was Toews, to Kane to Sharpie for the one timer. 3 - 1. On their next shift Kane scored (well whattaya know) to go up 4 - 1. Exit Mason, enter York (0-1-0). York, has changed teams 12 times this season. “Keep a suitcase packed”, as Pat Foley said. Mason could be seen yelling at his coach from the end of the bench. The Hawks had a successful Penalty Kill (26th now @79%). That marked the 12th straight PK without a score. Crawford then had some nice saves and the period was over. Surprisingly, the Blue Jackets out shot the Hawks 24 - 23 so far in the game.
5 minutes into the 3rd, Brunette to Kruger, made it 5 - 1. A Sammy Lepisto slap shot led to a 6 - 1 score and a Columbus used their time out. (You get one, mine as well use it) Right after the break Dorsett went right after Scott, dropping his gloves. Scott tried to push him away, but after Dorsett landed one in the face, Scott dropped his gloves and pounded the MUCH smaller player. There was one extra punch from Scott that was not necessary, but hey, he didn’t start it. Dorsett got the “instigator’ 2-5-10 minutes penalties. The Hawks did not score on that and another Power Play later. That’s the way it ended. 6 - 1 Hawks.
Sunday, the Hawks are at home again after the 9 game trip against St. Louis. it is one of three NBC games (regional coverage map) at 11:30am Central.
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