The Chicago Blackhawks have been up and down so far this season, but Denis Savard took action after Sunday's loss against the Predators. Savard stated that the team "needed to change something up". As a Hawks fan, you should know what needed changing after Wednesday's win against Columbus.
Three separate Blackhawks defensemen put goals up on the board, none of which were from the point. They were all in close to Fredrik Norrena.
James Wisniewski tallied Chicago's first goal, but it didn't come until 8:29 of the 2nd period. The play was set up brilliantly, when Robert Lang dropped the puck between his legs. Jason Williams then took the dead puck and spun around finding Wisniewski's stick, as the Hawks defensemen backhanded the puck through Norrena.
The final twenty minutes of play was a very exciting game between the Hawks and Jackets. Rostislav Klesla and Nikolai Zherdev both scored within the first three minutes of the third period, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead. Chicago then posted 4 unanswered goals by Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp.
Sharp's goal was a (SH) empty netter, but only after the referees and video replay made the call. The controversy was created by Columbus' Jason Chimera, who nocked the net off the moorings as Patrick Sharp shot at the net. The puck was deemed "a goal" since it would have went in, if it were not for Chimera's deliberate action.
The Hawks now find themselves one game above .500 with an 8-7-0 record. Chicago's 16 points places them 3rd in the Central Division, behind Detroit (25 pts) and Columbus (18 pts).
-Blackhawks out-shot Columbus 35-26
-Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots, improving his record to 3-1-0
-Fredrik Norrena stopped 33 shots, dropping his record to 1-2-2
-Blackhawks were 0-2 on the PP
-Blue Jackets went 0-6 on the PP