Blackhawks-Wild: WHAT?

January 9th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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Coach Joel Quenneville’s pregame speech before Sunday’s game in the United Center will probably focus on reminding his young team that games consist of three periods, not two.

In the first 40 minutes on Saturday night, the Blackhawks dominated every aspect of the game in Minnesota. Cristobal Huet stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced, while Niklas Backstrom allowed five of the Blackhawks’ 12 shots to find the net as the Hawks stormed to an emphatic 5-1 lead.

In fact, the scoring for the Blackhawks read like a countdown. Patrick Sharp scored his 15th, Jonathan Toews his 14th, Kris Versteeg his 13th, Troy Brouwer his 12th and Marian Hossa his 11th, in that order. Patrick Kane picked up two assists to stretch his point streak to 11 games, and Versteeg’s goal extended his quiet point streak to seven in what looked like a blowout. The crowd was dead, the Wild were overmatched, and the high-powered offense of the Blackhawks could do no wrong.

But that was the first 40 minutes.

To begin the third period, in a move that perhaps signified t ...

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