By Chris Kuc
No more Olympics, outdoor games or trade deadlines.
All that remains for the Blackhawks is a final sprint to the finish of the regular season.
“There are no more distractions,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “The only thing you have to focus on now is to put yourself in as good a situation as possible going into the playoffs. Even though it has been a lot of fun having all the other stuff, it’s going to be nice to just focus on playing some hockey now.”
The Hawks played some impressive hockey Thursday night against the Blue Jackets and came away with a 6-1 triumph before a crowd of 21,179 at the United Center. The distraction-free victory was the defending Stanley Cup champions’ second in their last five games as they continue their dogfight with the Blues and Avalanche for the top spot in the Central Division.