4 Takeaways: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary

Scott King
NBC Sports Chicago

Jonathan Toews collected three points to help the Blackhawks win 8-4 against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Here are four takeaways:

Tazer sparks offense 

Toews collected two points in the first period of Saturday's game. First, he scored 30 seconds into the contest, keeping the puck on a 2-on-1 to give Chicago an early 1-0 lead. It was the fifth time this season a Hawks player has scored less than a minute into a game.

Toews' second point of the opening frame came when he fed Dominik Kubalik the puck from below the goal line as a Hawks' power play was expiring to make it 2-1 at 9:17 of the first. 

The captain later assisted on Patrick Kane's empty-net goal at 16:48 of the third period to collect his third point of the night.

Monster second

Other Hawks followed the captain's lead in the first, spawning a fruitful second period for Chicago. Brandon Saad and Alex Nylander scored the first pair of goals in the second, 1:04 apart. Flames goalie David Rittich was pulled following Nylander's goal when it was 4-2. 

Then, with Cam Talbot in net for Calgary, Alex DeBrincat got on the board and Nylander found the back of the net again, 27 seconds after DeBrincat's marker to have the Hawks exit the second up 6-3. 

The Blackhawks got four goals off of seven shots in the period. By the end of the second, a player from each line had scored for the Hawks.

The Hawks withstood a Flames resurgence in the third period, being outshot 9-20 and allowing a Calgary goal, but Kane scored into the empty net and Kirby Dach scored with 1:01 remaining in regulation to make it 8-4. Eight goals in a game is a new season-high for the Hawks. 

Can someone PLEASE turn on the power 

All eight Hawks goals came from 5-on-5 play. They failed to capitalize on any of their three power plays in Saturday's game. The Blackhawks are now 1-for-24 in the month of February and 0-for-14 in their last four games on the man advantage. 

As the Hawks attempt to finish their five-game road trip strong (1-3-0 so far) and make a push for the playoffs before time runs out, they won't always catch a defense having a brutal night like Saturday in Calgary. They have to start scoring on the power play by drawing up different plays or changing personnel around before it's too late. 

Stay out of the box, Johnny

Despite having a strong offensive performance on Saturday, Toews took his fifth minor penalty, slashing in the second period, in four games. He's been to the box in four straight. 

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4 Takeaways: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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