Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ First Week Of Circus Trip A Mixed Bag

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates his game winning goal against the Calgary Flames with his teammates at Scotiabank Saddledome. Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports /

Friday, 11/18, at Calgary Flames: Win, 3-2

Obviously, the most important thing is that the Chicago Blackhawks won the game.  Ryan Hartman scored the third goal of his short NHL career off a beautiful pass from Artem Anisimov to get the scoring started.  And Hartman was promoted to the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane about halfway through the game.

Then the ’Hawks became predictable and gave up two goals in the second period.  Ah, but Seabs finally got his due and one of his snipes finally made it through on the powerplay.  Man, that’s fun to watch!

Calgary saw the same defensive pairings for Chicago as the last game, and again they did not look right.  Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell just seem off, and Niklas Hjalmarsson was doing a lot of babysitting of Gustav Forsling in this game.  Seabrook and Kempny were the only pairing that looked good.

I will NEVER tire of writing about Marian Hossa, even when he’s still playing at 60 years old.  Yes, Big Hoss scored the game-winning goal, and the ’Hawks rode off into the Canadian sunset.  Things were all even, with one loss and one win to this point on the Circus Trip.  There’s a quick turnaround, and we’re on to the next one.

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