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Blackhawks get their revenge against Avalanche

Mar 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane admitted that he wanted to get “revenge” against the Colorado Avalanche (the team that ended Chicago’s historic point streak). As it turns out, they did so on Monday – at least on the scoreboard – with a 5-2 win.

Kane and Jonathan Toews had matching one-goal, two-assist nights. They continued to enjoy solid depth contributions (one goal for Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw) along with some contributions form their defense (a two-point evening for Brent Seabrook).

Unfortunately, the story is ultimately bittersweet because the team must worry about yet another Marian Hossa injury.

Still, if the ‘Hawks finally slow down due to injuries and other factors, they at least built a nice nest egg for themselves. They became the first team to cross the 50-point standings mark, as their 24-2-3 record leaves them with 51.

Interestingly enough, they’ll face the Anaheim Ducks – aka the team that took their place at No.1 in many pundits’ power rankings recently – on Wednesday.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Why did the Ducks take over the power rankings? They’re still not as good as the ‘Hawks or Penguins. I’d make an argument for Boston being a little better too.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Should be a good measure for Hawks versus Ducks!

    Everyone knows Blackhawks aspire to emulate the faster and infinitely more creative Red Wings, but unlike Detroit, Chicago’s guns tend to go silent against a big crashing team like Ducks…ditto Kings!

    With either Los Angeles or Anaheim on their post season itinerary, Chicago Cup aspirations will be severely tested. Better they catch something like Oilers or Coyotes early on; catch Wings they’ll be legless should they prevail, catch the west coast bully boys, it’ll be time to sing sayonara…

    • howiehandles - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Faster and more creative? This isn’t 2005.

      Last I checked, the Hawks have beaten the Kings both times they played them, and Ducks and Hawks played to the shootout.

      Lay off EA Sports, and watch real hockey.

  3. polegojim - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Difference between good teams and… not so good teams very evident in this one;

    Chicago – crisp quick decisions – skating with confidence
    Colorado – hesitation, slow decisions, turn overs, lacking confidence. LOTS of time in their own zone. For the Avs, it’s hard to win games when you spend most of the time just being ‘happy’ to clear the puck.

    This one could easily have been 10-2 – Avs just very slow to develop opportunities and give their opponents TONS of time to react and position against a rush.

  4. multiplemiggs - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    how is it revenge when the blackhawks beat them first in a home and home?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Read the lead sentence.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    You watch…I play! Real hockey, three times a week scheduled, more if ice available.

    It took everything Hawks had to beat Wings in OT then a shootout…this while looking at Wings team well populated by call-ups from Grand Rapids. You can only dream of players like Datsyuk or Zetterberg…Hawks have no matching skill-set or answers!

    The fact of the matter is, speed in counter to Hawks’ speed eats them alive! Throw in mass and force, all their women go home, hit the trainer’s table, develop the ubiquitous upper body injuries…

    In the present, Hawks betray a pedantic north south attack relying on scrambling play for goals…rarely do they compose a sustained offensive zone attack beyond thumping it at the net and feeding on left overs [ Toews and Kane live on garbage ].

    If Hawks could find polite teams like the AVs every night come playoff time, they might get out of the first round…? Unfortunately, come playoff time, the fairy dance ends and the big boys come out to play. Hawks have no big boys capable of competing in an extended and pounding series, period!

    If you play any sports book, you’d do well to forget the media slobber-fest to which we were all subject when Chicago tacked together a chancy and luck-ridden streak…they don’t meet the hype. Far from it: Hawks defence is made up of posers with no hope of handling teams like LA or Anaheim, both full of skilled, big-bodied and ill-tempered forwards. Hawks had better be scoring by the bushel basket or they’re due some serious beat-downs, book it!

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      You know, I despise the term “hater.” A majority of the time, I find it to be the thing to say when you can’t come up with a decent counterpoint. However, given the doggedness and depth to which you troll every Hawks article, it clearly fits in this case.

      Every team has fortunate bounces. Heck, you could argue the past year or two, the Hawks have had their share of unfortunate bounces, especially on that nine-game losing streak last year.

      But seriously… what more do you want from them?

      They’ve won games with puck possession so lengthy, they look like they’re on a double-minor power play. They’ve won games where they fell behind and had to come back to win. They’ve won gritty games. They’ve won games where they held off late surges. They’ve won playing well. They’ve won playing poorly.

      Are they perfect? No. PK’s dipping a bit. Faceoffs more so. Are they miles ahead of the elite? I’d argue no, but they’ve created some separation, and they’ve shown they can skate with anyone on any given night.

      So let me just fully embrace the dark side: Keep hating, hater. Keep cheering for guys like Patrick Sharp to get injured (classy, btw). Keep hoping for the randomness and chaos that is the NHL playoffs to claim another (being very presumptuous here, of course) President’s Trophy winner. Maybe then you’ll get a little sunlight in your cave of sadness.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Oh, long winded one, how wrong you are. I don’t need to list the reasons – the thumbs down speak for themselves. Enjoy your 3 days/week in the senior citizen’s league. Toews and Kane feed on garbage?? You’re a funny fella.

  6. dt58 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    It must be a tough life when it revolves around going to other teams sites for the sole purpose of spouting off and proving your ignorance. Funny, someone who knows as much as you must work in the NHL…which team do you work for BigCuntry?

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