Chicago Blackhawks First Half Review

January 4th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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Where's Bon Jovi when we're excited to be halfway there? But these Blackhawks seem to be livin' on more than just a prayer.

The Hawks played their 42nd game on Sunday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-2, a game that really did a nice job of putting the season to date into perspective. Exceptional play between the pipes, awesome defense, and a powerful offense that was more than the opponent could handle. The Hawks were too fast on their skates, too quick with the puck, smarter than a good goaltender, and more physical than the other team.

The Blackhawks were dominant.

But that's been the story almost every night in the first half. Consider the following statistics:

Wins: 29 (tied for first with New Jersey) Points: 61 (tied for first with San Jose) GFA: 3.17 (third; Washington is first at 3.46, San Jose second at 3.26) GAA: 2.07 (first; New Jersey second at 2.20) PP: 20.6 percent (sixth; Montreal first at 24.8 percent) PK: 86.9 percent (third; Boston first at 88 percent, San Jose second at 87.7 percent) Shots For/Game: 33.4 (seco ...

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