Chicago, IL - The Chicago Blackhawks dominated the New Jersey Devils tonight by a score of 5-2.
The Devils could not find any offense, only registering one shot in the first 17-minutes of the game and ended the period with just two.
The Hawks’ Patrick Sharp scored his first of two at 12:59 in the first period when a shot deflected off the glove of Mark Fayne.
Sharp added his eighteenth goal of the season later in the third period on a breakaway, finishing the goal past the glove of Cory Schneider.
The Devils got goals from Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder, but the supremacy of the Hawks offense kept the Devils out of the game.
The Hawks received goals from Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell, and a power play goal from Nick Leddy.
The Devils just played plain terrible producing 12 shots while leaving Schneider to face 37.
The Hawks did the little things right tonight from takeaways to face offs. The Devils went 18-38 in the dot (32%), which is horrible and a potential game breaker. Face offs are, in my opinion, the most overlooked aspect of a hockey game and losing 38 in one game will kill the team.
Christmas break came early for the Devils, from the start they just seemed out of it. They may have been intimidated by the defending Stanley Cup Champions, but either way they need the break to get back into the game both physically and mentally.
The Devils do not play again until Friday at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The time off will definitely help out the Devils continue the streak they have been on the past week.