For the first time in all season the Blackhawks looked unstoppable. A 5-0 win and a hat trick will do that.
Wednesday night's game looked, felt , and had all the aspects of a game from last season.
It's all about puck control.
The Blackhawks out shot Edmonton 47-18. That is a HUGE margin, and, for the Blackhawks, those types of games haven't happened that often this season.
It's tough for any team to beat another team when you only have 18 shots compared to their 47, and that's exactly what was shown Wednesday night. It's hard to beat the Blackhawks, let alone any team, when the shots against margin is that huge.
It was a huge improvement from previous games where the Blackhawks committed a lot of turnovers.
Could this be the start of the resurgence of the Blackhawks?
Marty Turco earned his first shutout with the Blackhawks and the 41st of his career. His teammates, especially the first line, greatly helped in the shutout effort.
The first line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Viktor Stalberg had a combined of 14 shots and set the tone in the first period when they were barely on their side of the ice.
Most importantly, this game gives the Blackhawks some breathing room and takes some of the weight of their back. They now have some confidence and momentum going into the road trip.
Next game is Saturday in Calgary, a game where the Blackhawks can gain some more of that confidence and momentum and bring it next Sunday against Vancouver.
If the goes from overtime loss, overtime win, and blow out win. If the trend stays true, we might see some big things coming from Chicago.