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Chicago Blackhawks: Captain Serious Comes Up Big In Columbus

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As the Blackhawks embarked on their longest road trip of the year, it was apparent that it was not going to be easy. With a seemingly comfortable 3-1 lead in the first period, the host Blue Jackets ripped off three straight tallies to take a one goal lead into the third period. It was at that point that Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews decided to put the squad on his shoulders and march them to victory by registering a pair of power play markers in the third to secure a victory for the Blackhawks.

While at times the play looked sloppy after taking the 3-1 lead, it speaks volumes about the maturity and confidence of the team and coaching staff that they were able to calmly step back, assess the situation, and take the necessary steps to come away with two points. There was no panic in the eyes of the Blackhawks as they took the ice in the third, but a definite sense of urgency, twice converting with the man advantage, continuing a stretch of power play success in 11 of the last 13 games.

Certainly a point of concern is the five goals notched by the Blue Jackets in the game. I would place two, maybe three of the goals on Cristobal Huet, with the balance on backchecking miscues and solid play-making by Columbus. To reiterate, it’s a season-high eight game road trip, and the reality is, teams are going to score more goals in their own buildings. The Blackhawks are going to have to up their offensive output as they did Saturday afternoon to keep pace and maximize the points they take home. The next four contests are going to be very telling for the Hawks, as three of the matchups feature teams they squared off with in the playoffs last season, and will most likely be intensely physical and emotional games. The Blackhawks will need to bring everything they have to the ice to come away with victories. And it seems that the youngster that dons the “C” will do everything in his power to make sure that happens.

-Hackett

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  1. So what’s the deal with Huet? Last year there was speculation that Savard(?) was fired because he went with Khabibulin despite Huet being your GM’s guy. The speculation was that Savard didn’t have any faith in Huet and that got him fired because it embarrassed your GM.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 19, 2010, 10:12 am

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