Here are four points from the Blackhawks' 6-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Friday:
1. Strong finish at home.
It is possible that the Blackhawks are no longer in contention for the playoffs, but they have not packaged it exactly in the final straight. With a victory on Friday night, the Blackhawks extended their streak of points to five games (3-0-2).
They also finished the season with a 19-14-8 record at home after going 18-18-5 last season. They were 4-1-2 in the last seven games at the United Center.
"Full of barn again," said coach Jeremy Colliton. "A lot of energy, I'm glad to see us put some discs on the network and everyone can feel good about themselves, obviously we can bring a good feeling to tomorrow."
Said Kane: "We have to be good at home and I think that's something that probably has not been as good as it should have been in the last two seasons, but it's still a pleasure to play here at the United Center and we always feel like fans behind us, so try to use that for our benefit next season. "
2. Scare Corey Crawford injuries
With two games remaining, the Blackhawks were expected to kick off Crawford on Friday against hometown fans for the last time this season and Cam Ward on Saturday in Nashville for their 700th NHL game in their career. But the circumstances changed.
While he started, Crawford left the game in the second period due to a groin injury that seemed to suffer in the opening frame when trying to save one post to another.
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Ward eventually replaced Crawford, who did not return and will not travel to Nashville by the end of the regular season. But they do not anticipate that his injury is serious. The Blackhawks will call goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen of the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
3. Personal achievements.
It was a well-rounded victory for the Blackhawks, and one that featured several good milestones.
Let's badyze them:
– With one badist, Erik Gustafsson became the sixth defense this season to reach the 60-point mark, joining Brent Burns (81), Mark Giordano (74), Morgan Rielly (72), John Carlson (70) and Keith Yandle (61). ).
– Patrick Kane became the first extreme in the history of the Blackhawks to reach at least 108 points in a single season. Denis Savard did it four times as a center.
– Slater Koekkoek scored his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks.
– Chris Kunitz, who received a complimentary start in front of his family in Chicago, scored a goal in what could be one of his last games in the NHL. He is the only active player with four Stanley Cups.
– Ward became the fifth active goalkeeper to enter the 700-game club, joining Ryan Miller (757), Marc-Andre Fleury (797), Henrik Lundqvist (857) and Roberto Luongo (1,043).
4. The sale run continues.
Blackhawk fans have been spoiled. In nine consecutive years from 2009 to 17, his team made the playoffs each time, appeared in five conference finals and three Stanley Cups. But they want more, and they should want more because of where they were before the era of Kane and Toews. Nobody wants to go back to those times.
And despite losing in the postseason for the second year in a row, that has not stopped fans from filling the building every night.
For the season number 11 consecutive, the Blackhawks have led the badistance of the NHL. Friday marked his 497th consecutive exhaustion, including the playoffs. It's hard to see it ending soon.
A cool gesture from the organization to give back to the fans, the Blackhawks gave the holders of their season tickets the opportunity to upload a personal photo, which they then came together to create collages that filled the numbers of the warm-up shirts of the players for the final home. game. T-shirts will be signed and then auctioned for charity, and all proceeds will benefit from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.
"Tonight was great," said Kane. "Well, the whole year has been great, but tonight was also great, just the kind of means to have the mentality of being a whistle at the end and a kind of thanks for the season, although obviously we did not have the season" What was it that was close to the 22,000 fans again tonight? It does not surprise me anymore, but it's something we do not take for granted here and we love playing in front of them. "
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