The Chicago Blackhawks put on a show for the United Center hopeful last night, winning 2-1 over the Colorado Avalanche.
Here are some thoughts about last night’s victory.
Winning for the fans
Even if it is a lost season, its good to see that the Blackhawks are playing for the fans. Its good to see that even though a nine-year playoffs run is about to end, this team still has enough pride to put on a good show for the Blackhawks faithful.
19 and 88 still got it.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored his second game winning goal in three games last night, sniping a laser past Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov nine seconds into overtime. Toews won the opening faceoff and sent the puck to Patrick Kane, who sauced it back to him on the way to winning the game.
Last night’s game was the third one in a row that head coach Joel Quenneville has iced the Brandon Saad-Toews-Kane line. Does this mean that this line will bleed into next season?
The youth line
The answer to the question above may lie on how the Alex DeBrincat-Nick Schmaltz-Vinny Hinostroza line develops for the rest of the season. The line was very dominant in last Saturday’s win against the Los Angeles Kings. They may not have the size, but they certainly do have a ton of speed that can win you a lot of regular season games.
Much ado about Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson signed his brand new, two year extension yesterday morning, and celebrated by scoring the opening goal in last night’s game. It was his second of the year. There were a couple of people of Twitter who seemed to have a problem with this extension. I personally do not. I think its a good signing by Stan Bowman. Gustafsson wont be a in a top 4 pairing, and obviously he still needs to work on his defensive play. But he has a flair for the offensive that this team sorely needs.
The Blackhawks will be back at it tomorrow, as they face Lemont-native Scott Darling and Carolina Hurricanes.