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The Chicago Blackhawks’ Circus Trip’s Three Stars

By Skylar Peters
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The annual circus trip. For the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans, many different results have played out once the club returns home from their annual two-week voyage in late November. In the 2014 edition, things couldn’t get much better.

Aside from a blip on the radar in a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the ‘Hawks went 5/6 on the trip, taking down the red-hot Calgary Flames, dominating the lowly Edmonton Oilers, exacting some revenge on division rival Colorado, before taking four points from some of their biggest competition this season; the Anaheim Ducks, and defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

Many players stepped up in this impressive performance, but three caught the eyes of Blackhawks’ fans over those six games. Without further ado, Blackhawk Up presents the Three Stars of the 2014-15 Circus Trip.

Third Star – Corey Crawford

It would be hard not to give a star to the ‘tender that started all six games on the trip, and walked away with wins in five of them. Corey Crawford did just that, though it wasn’t by design. Anntti Raanta was supposed to have at least one start on the Circus Trip, but Crawford was pressed back into service on his scheduled night off, after the ‘Hawks back-up fell ill before the game. #50 did just fine despite the mix-up, stopping 24 shots on a night where the Blackhawks’ offense was simply too much for the Calgary Flames to handle. With that unexpected win behind him, Crawford went on to post incredible numbers in the Blackhawks’ remaining four wins, the best of which, a 27-for-29 night in Colorado. Crawford is now inside the league’s top five in Save Percentage (5th, .929%) and GAA (4th, 1.87), and is knocking on the door in the Wins category, ranked 6th with 12. A rest is certainly coming for the Blackhawks’ starter, but after the half-dozen road games, it is well-deserved.

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