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Chicago Blackhawks Week In Review: Win Streak Grows Division Lead

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) shoots on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) shoots on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) shoots on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Week 4 of the season has taken shape in a very good way for the Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have won six games in a row!  They are on quite the streak, looking better and better each game.  They currently lead the Central Division with a record of 9-3-1, for 19 points.  The good news is that everyone is contributing.  As captain Jonathan Toews says, they are “finishing games really well, and doing the little things well.”

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Here’s a closer look at the Blackhawks’ four games this week.

Vs. Calgary Flames, Tuesday, 11/1 (Win, 5-1)

This wasn’t the prettiest game for the Chicago Blackhawks, but they still found a way to win.  They took four penalties, but managed to kill them all.  They struggled with shots on goal, and played rather sloppy in the first two periods.  They pretty much allowed the Flames to hang around, until they blew things wide open in the third.  Sound familiar? The Hawks need to clean things up in that area if they’re going to continue to win.  You can’t always come in and save the day at the end of the game like that.

Goals were scored by Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, and Tyler Motte, Artemi Panarin, and Niklas Hjalmarsson.  Motte’s tally was a beauty.  He used his speed to outskate the defenseman and completely beat goaltender Brian Elliot.  Great puck control as well.  It was Motte’s third NHL goal.

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