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Blackhawks benefit from reunion of Sharp-Toews-Hossa line

May 12, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT

Goals were precious in the Chicago Blackhawks’ slim 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 on Sunday, so it’s that much clearer that the reunited Patrick SharpJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa line made a huge difference.

For one thing, they helped Chicago erase a 1-0 lead with what a second-period performance that left head coach Joel Quenneville raving.

That great performance included an assist for Patrick Sharp, as Bryan Bickell went to the net for a power-play goal:

(Bickell enjoyed his fair share of good times with Toews and Hossa in these playoffs, as well.)

Hossa assisted on this Toews game-winning goal, which is remarkably already the Blackhawks captain’s fourth GWG of these young playoffs:

That accounts for four of the seven game-winning goals the Blackhawks have scored, leaving Hossa obviously impressed:

Close or not, a a win makes a huge difference and continues a powerful trend for Chicago:

The Wild got out of this situation against the Colorado Avalanche, yet familiarity doesn’t inspire much comfort from Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo:

Opponents of Toews have had that feeling quite a few times the last few years.

  1. se7enbladez - May 12, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Red wedding line. Hockeenight dawned the name.

  2. hawkscup2013 - May 12, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Big Win!

  3. tfilarski - May 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    stop putting Kane on a line with Handzus. It is a waste of his talent. I love what Zus has done these playoffs, but he just can’t skate with Kane and it is slowing him down wayyyyyyyyyy too much

  4. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    I like Mike Yeo more and more…..

  5. jpat2424 - May 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I hate mike yeo. More and more

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I like him in the fact that he doesn’t have an canned “we’ve got to play better, we had chances, need to pull together, blah blah blah” answer. “It sucks” is the perfect answer because it does. It’s refreshing to hear some truthful emotion from a coach post game.

  6. purpleguy - May 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Interesting game — Wild dominated the 1st, Hawks dominated the 2nd even more, and the third was close. Good game by the Hawks, they deserved the win. Yeo was right though, the loss sucks.

  7. ineedmorehossa - May 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I need more Hossa

  8. clarke16 - May 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Best game the Wild have played so far in Chicago’s building. Very, very slim margin of difference between the play of the two teams last night. It could have easily gone either way. We’ll see if the hawks can close the gap in their play so far at the X tomorrow night. Given the trend here–if this goes 7…I like the Wild’s chances more and more.

    I never gave them much of a chance to win this series when it opened… Damn proud of the Wild and what Fletcher/Yeo have done with them this season regardless…

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