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Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 3 Stars: Panarin Posts Stellar Week

By Colin Likas
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) shoots and scores an empty net goal as St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) dives to defend during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) shoots and scores an empty net goal as St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) dives to defend during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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The debut of our Chicago Blackhawks/NHL 3 Stars segment starts with a strong week from Artemi Panarin

The NHL does something each week, and then each month, where it hands out 3 Stars for strong performers across all its teams. The Chicago Blackhawks are often seeing winners for these honors, guys like Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov.

Well, at Blackhawk Up, we’re going to start doing something similar. Each Sunday (this first edition is coming out Monday due to some weather-related issues that delayed publication), we’ll take a look at three guys who shone not only for the Chicago Blackhawks, but also within the Eastern Conference and Western Conference over a given week.

Since this 3 Stars post will come out each Sunday, the post will take a look back at the previous Sunday through the just-finished Saturday. For this post, that means I’ll be looking back at Dec. 11’s win against the Dallas Stars, Dec. 13’s victory over the New York Rangers, Dec. 15’s triumph against the New York Islanders and Dec. 17’s win against the St. Louis Blues. The next Blackhawk Up writer gets to handle Sunday’s win against San Jose.

So let’s get started with three strong Chicago Blackhawks over the last week and move on from there.

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