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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 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (47) divers to prevent a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

Vs. Dallas Stars, Sunday, 11/6 (OT Win, 4-3)

As per the theme, the Chicago Blackhawks struggled early on in this one.  They let in a power play goal in the first period, to break the streak of 15 kills in a row.  Then in the second period, they stood around and allowed a short-handed goal, to make it 2-0 Stars.  Just when you thought it was all over, Showtime came to the rescue.  That’s right, Kane scored top-shelf to make it 2-1.

The third period was quite the nail biter.  Toews scored his third goal of the year on one of the most beautiful set-ups I’ve ever seen by Hossa to make it 2-2.  I could show you a number of highlights from this game, but I chose this because Hossa is on fire right now.  He was also responsible for the overtime game-winning goal.

Right, so then Anisimov scored within 56 seconds to extend his point streak to 11 games.  He now has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points.  Ugh, but the Stars scored after they pulled their goalie to tie the game and force overtime.  Hence, the Hossa heroics and another two points.  Life is good for the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans.  Six wins in a row!

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Another top story-line that came from this final game of the fourth week of the season was Nick Schmaltz playing on the top line with Toews and Kane at the end of the second period and in the third period.  Is this a precursor of things to come?  We shall see.  Remember, Andrew Desjardins is also slated to start on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues.  He was a healthy scratch for this one, as Coach Q wanted to stick with the winning lineup from the previous game.  And unfortunately, Motte left the game with an injury in the second period.  Get ready for the lineblender, everyone.

Oh, by the way, Scott Darling was the goaltender for this game, as the Hawks were playing in back-to-back games.  Darls had a great night, making 35 saves.

Next: Dallas Matchups Offer Proving Ground

The Chicago Blackhawks have a few days off before they meet the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.   Yes, the same team that knocked the Hawks out of the playoffs in the first round last season.  The same team that beat them 5-2 in their home opener.  The same team that is currently in second place in the Central Division.  Let’s hope the Chicago Blackhawks can continue their streak, and make it seven wins in a row!

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