Blackhawks Recap and Analysis

Blackhawks Three Stars of the Week: 1/21

The Blackhawks finished up the last seven days winning two of their three match-ups, with both victories coming on the road over the Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins after starting the week with a tough home-ice loss to their Central Division rival, the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks received strong contributions from the youngsters on the third and fourth lines this week, with a pair of youngsters appearing in this week’s, Blackhawks Three Stars of the Week.

3. Vinnie Hinostroza

Rookie forward Vinnie Hinostroza kept the rookie train rolling down the tracks this past week, after Michal Kempny made an appearance in last week’s Three Stars of the Week.

In a wild match-up with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in Denver, Hinostroza played the hero role for the Blackhawks. With the Blackhawks trailing the Avalanche 4-3 in the third period, Hinostroza scored at the 05:10 mark to tie the game at 4-4, and then found the back of the net again just minutes later to put the Blackhawks up for good on the evening.

The Blackhawks would go on to win the game against the Avalanche 6-4 after Tanner Kero added an empty net goal with just seconds remaining.

Hinostroza would also get on the stat sheet on Friday night in the Hawks’ visit to the TD Garden in Boston for a match-up with the Bruins. Hinostroza would record an assist on Marian Hossa‘s game-winning-goal late in the third period, giving the rookie forward a pair of goals and an assist on the week. All three of Hinostroza’s points this past week were gained on game-tying or game-winning goals as well.

2. TAnner Kero

Tanner Kero had himself a solid week for the Blackhawks this week, starting his week off with a pair of goals in a Blackhawks win on Tuesday night. Kero scored in the second and third periods of the match-up with the Avalanche.

Kero also added an assist to his point total for the week on Tuesday night, putting a shot-on-goal in the third period, that was put-back for the game-winning-goal by teammate Vinnie Hinostroza, giving Kero a three point night in Denver, his best performance of the season.

Kero would involve himself in the game-winning-goal once again on Friday night in Boston, recording an assist on Marian Hossa‘s game-winning-goal at the TD Garden, as the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins in low-scoring affair.

Kero ended the week with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, giving him a four point week, his best seven day stretch of the season to date.

1. Marian Hossa

Hossa has found himself all over the stat sheet this season, minus the time missed to injury, Hossa has had a very strong season, and continued such this week.

On Tuesday night in Denver, Hossa was all over the ice, racking up assists on three of the Blackhawks six goals in a 6-4 win over the Avalanche. Hossa earned a helper in the second period on a Tanner Kero goal, another in the third period on the Hinostroza game-winning-goal, and once more in the final seconds of the contest when he found Tanner Kero for his third assist of the evening.

On Friday night in Boston, with the score knotted up at nil, Hossa scored the eventual game-winning-goal with just 1:26 remaining in the contest, as the Blackhawks went on to defeat the Bruins 1-0 at the TD Garden.

Hossa finished the week with a goal and three assists, giving him a four point week, his best week since returning from injury.

Blackhawks Notes:

The Chicago Blackhawks (29-14-5) will host the Vancouver Canucks (22-19-6) on Sunday night at the United Center in the first of a three game home-stand this week before heading in the all-star break. Catch the action on WGN (TV) and WGN-720AM (Radio) at 6:30 PM (CT).


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