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Chicago Blackhawks: Assessing The Mom’s Trip

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and head coach Joel Quenneville watch their team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and head coach Joel Quenneville watch their team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and head coach Joel Quenneville watch their team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and head coach Joel Quenneville watch their team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks took to the road this last week, with their moms in tow.  Based upon tidbits from TV and Twitter, it looks like everyone had a great time.  It’s pretty classy that the Chicago Blackhawks organization does these kinds of things for the players and their families.  But let’s face it; they boys didn’t get it done for their moms on the ice.

The Hawks only had two games this week. But they were pretty important tilts; as they took on the two teams in their division that WERE in second and third place behind them.  They lost to the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday night rivalry, at least salvaging a point.  Then they took on the Dallas Stars to contend for first place in the division on Friday.  That one turned out even worse, with the Hawks falling by a score of 5-2.

These last two losses were very important point-wise, as they moved the Chicago Blackhawks from first place to third place in the Central Division. Can the Hawks snap out of their recent funk?  Let’s look at 5 takeaways from the mom’s trip.

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5.  Hossa’s back.  It was rumored that Marian Hossa would return from his lower body injury for the Blues game on Wednesday.  But after the morning skate, he decided to play it safe and take off one more game.  Sure enough, Hossa returned to the lineup on Friday against the Stars.  He looked like his old self.  He was strong on the puck, and had a team high 6 shots on goal.

As fans, we all got to see the highly touted top line of Andrew Ladd, Jonathan Toews, and Hossa for the first time.  Yes, Ladd has been with the team for six games, but he came in after Hossa was out on injury.  I, for one, am excited to watch these three spent some more time together and build their chemistry.

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