Previously, the Blackhawks had lost 5 of their last 6 games.
Even though during those last 6 games the Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2, they desperately needed more momentum to gather some consistency. They were looking to shake the skid and grab some sweet momo Monday night.
Patrick Kane, who learned he had lost his grandfather moments before the game, would ignite his team with an early power-play goal. Kane snagged 2 goals and an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-3 win over the LA Kings.
His assist helped Bryan Bickell, who desperately needed some kind of momentum himself, score. Bickell had been benched the last several games.
Coach Joel Quenneville had made it clear several times that the team needs more offensive production and physicality out of Bickell. It will be interesting to see if Bickell can use his goal from Monday night to spark his production.
The Monday night victory should also spark the Blackhawks, who were looking to get back to their high-powered offensive ways. If they continue to play the way they did Monday, they could be in great shape going into the Olympic break.
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