The Hawks ended up 4-0-2 on the road trip and will finally return to home ice to face the Anaheim Ducks. Usually the last game of a long road swing and the first game coming back home are difficult challenges. The first half of the test was not an issue. No doubt an eager United Center crowd will be on hand to welcome back the troops and to help urge them past Anaheim.
The Blackhawks have not suffered a regulation loss in their first 12 games. Interestingly, Tuesday’s opponent the Ducks set the NHL record by not losing in regulation during the opening 16 games of the 2006 campaign. Not to count chickens before they hatch, as 12 games is not 16, but Anaheim won the Stanley Cup that season.
Patrick Kane never seems to tire and appears to be in the finest physical condition of his career. Kane puts forth a lot of effort on every shift including back checking. Lugging the puck, creating space and making great plays takes an enormous amount of energy but Kane never seems to tire. To end the road trip, Kane recorded three shots and one goal during his 19:21 performance. The best news for Blackhawk loyalists is at 24 years of age, Kane probably hasn’t entered the prime of his career yet.
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