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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; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Vs. Colorado Avalanche, Thursday, 11/3 (Shutout Win, 4-0)

As you can tell by the score, the Chicago Blackhawks pretty much owned this one.  Toews scored his second goal of the season, and Panarin scored his fifth.  Oh, and that old, washed-up man named Marian Hossa scored twice.  As Coach Q put it, “He never really looks like he’s slowing down at any time”.

Just like the last game, the Hawks did struggle a bit in the way of possession.  They were 42% in the faceoff circle.  Even Toews had an off night; he 9 for 21 (43%).  This could be something to keep an eye on when the Hawks and the Avs match up again.

The Hawks only had 21 shots to the Av’s 38.  But this is where Corey Crawford comes in.  He made 38 lovely saves for his second shutout of the season, and the 21st of his NHL career.  You gotta hand it to Crow; he’s on fire right now.

At Dallas Stars, Saturday, 11/5 (Win, 3-2)

I hope you were in your seat on time on Saturday, because Richard Panik scored just 11 seconds into the game.  The third line of Ryan Hartman, Marcus Kruger, and Motte had a strong night, and Hartman notched his second NHL goal.

Kaner and his favorite linemates, Panarin and Anisimov, combined for a beauty of a power play goal.  This ended up being the game-winning goal.  The Hawks got into some penalty trouble at the end of the game (Kruger with a hi-sticking penalty), but Crawford stood tall, and all was right with the world.  The Hawks have now killed 15 straight penalties in the last five games.

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