The Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed an excellent stretch over their last seven days, outside of the 6-0 drubbing by the Washington Capitals last night, their worst loss since a 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers in 2011.
Prior to last night’s game the Blackhawks were on a four game winning streak, including an exciting overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center. The Hawks’ finished the week with a record of 3-1-0 with wins over Carolina, Nashville, and Detroit, and the lone loss versus the Capitals.
Here are our Blackhawks Three Stars of the Week:
Third Star – Artemi Panarin
The Breadman may have been a snub for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game later this month in Los Angeles, but he certainly wasn’t going to be left out of this week’s three stars with his steady performance.
Panarin notched a pair of goals and an assist over the last seven days, for a three point week. Panarin scored his first goal of the week on Friday night in a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period. The goal would eventually be the game-winning-goal in a 2-1 Blackhawks victory in which Scott Darling saved 39 of the 40 shots that he faced from the Canes’.
Panarin also lit the lamp in the Hawks’ 5-2 win over Buffalo on Sunday night, scoring in the first period for the Blackhawks. Panarin recorded an assist on Tuesday in the win over the Detroit Red Wings as well.
Second Star – Patrick Kane
Last week’s first star of the week, Patrick Kane continued to heat up this week as he recorded five assists in the Blackhawks three victories over their last seven days.
Kane did not notch a goal, but added five points to his season point total and gave himself the team lead for the time being. Kane was also selected to the Central Division team for this month’s NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Kane recorded multiple point night’s in two of the Blackhawks three wins this week, only being kept off of the stat sheet in last night’s loss to the Capitals.
First Star – Ryan Hartman
Ryan Hartman had himself the best week of his young NHL career, totaling three goals and two assists over the Hawks’ last four games.
On Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres, Hartman recorded a natural hat trick, with three third period goals. The hat trick was the first of his career, and help put the Sabres away for the Blackhawks victory.
Hartman now has 10 goals and nine assists over the course of 39 games for the Blackhawks, and currently ranks 12th in the NHL in scoring among rookies.
Hartman recorded his pair of assists in Tuesday night’s overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings.