In their last game out against the Sabres, the Chicago Blackhawks finally snapped a five-game losing streak, and looked to build off Wednesday night’s victory.
Sloppy passing, missed opportunities and solid goaltending marked the first period in Sunday's game, which was the same as most periods have been for the Hawks recently.
The power play woes continued, as they had one chance in the first period, and did nothing with it. There were few chances on both sides, but both the Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford and Coyotes goaltender Scott Wedgewood stopped all shots they faced.
Alex DeBrincat almost netted his 13th goal of the season, missing a wide open net off a Brandon Saad tip of a Jonathan Toews pass. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Hawks would get to scoring in the period. The chronic issue of missing passes was evident all night, and it played a significant role in keeping the first scoreless.
The second period wasn’t much better. The Coyotes had a few more chance than the Hawks did, getting two power plays, but were unable to capitalize on either.
The Hawks did have another power play that they didn’t register a shot on. They had no chance to get anything set up and were noticeably booed by the crowd.
It was a tie game at the end of two and it was shaping up to be just like the Buffalo game, a bad team hanging around the Hawks with ease. Nonetheless, the third period was an exciting one. Some back and forth play early until the Hawks managed to take control midway through the third.
A flurry of shots for the Hawks finally yielded a goal from Tommy Wingels. The fourth line for the Hawks has outperformed the rest of the team, coming up with goals and huge plays when called upon. A mishap in the defensive zone led to a Coyotes goal minutes later, from winger Anthony Duclair.
That would tie the game at 1-1, however, the Hawks weren’t done. A fantastic pass from Patrick Kane to Artem Anisimov gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The goal broke Anisimov’s and Kane’s four game point drought.
Kane wasn’t done as he fed Nick Schmaltz to make it 3-1 Hawks. Kane smelled blood in the water and he attacked, a refreshing sight for Hawks fans. The 3-1 lead is all the Hawks would need to secure a victory.
Better late than never for the Hawks, who picked up their second win a row and looked like the Hawks of old in the third period. Hopefully they continue to improve and keep their winning streak alive to get back into the playoff race. The next game is against the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12. The Hawks last beat the Panthers 4-1 in late November.