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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) waits before a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at United Center. Blackhawks won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) waits before a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at United Center. Blackhawks won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) waits before a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at United Center. Blackhawks won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) waits before a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at United Center. Blackhawks won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /

Say it with me everyone.  SEVEN WINS IN A ROW!  The Chicago Blackhawks have not lost a game in 2016!  I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.   Well, I’ve already given you the spoiler alert.  The Hawks did not disappoint this weekend, as they beat the Buffalo Sabres on Friday 3-1, and the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday!  Here are my five takeaways from the weekend games.

5.  Keith at 800.  Duncan Keith played in his 800th game on Sunday.  He didn’t have any points, but he tallied 5 shots on goal.  We should never take for granted what Keith offers to the Chicago Blackhawks, and this was brought to a lot of people’s attention when he was out on injury earlier in the year.

Nevertheless, Keith keeps plugging away.  On Friday night against the Sabres, he tallied 2 assists.  He now has 7 goals and 19 assists for 26 points so far this season.  This is 5th on the team, even with missing 10 games.

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4.  Crawford.  Corey Crawford has had a bit of a heavy workload recently, but he’s not complaining.  He suited up for both of these weekend games.  On Friday, his play helped keep the Blackhawks in the thick of things, as they were only up by one goal for most of the game.  He stopped 28 of 29 shots, for a .966 save percent average.

On Sunday, Crow stopped 34 of 37, for a .919 save percentage.  He came up especially big in the third period.  The Avs had a power play, and Colorado coach Patrick Roy pulled their goalie; so it was a 6 on 4 for two minutes.  Crawford made four quality saves during this time, and the Hawks were able to kill the penalty.  The United Center faithful rewarded him with a standing ovation.

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