Chicago's 12 games of December
Blackhawks have won 8 of 9
It isn’t the 12 days of Christmas, but the Chicago Blackhawks are threatening to give their fans a very memorable 12 games in the month of December.
With last night’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks swept their three-game Western Canada road trip. The come from behind win was the seventh in a row and eighth in nine December games. The only blemish on the December schedule for Chicago was a 5-4 shootout loss in Detroit on December 6.
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The Hawks who entered the Christmas break by picking up 17 of a possible 18 points in the month are off until Dec. 26 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center before going back out on the road for two games to finish off December. The final game for Chicago in 2008 is in Detroit where they hope to get some revenge on the Red Wings and draw a little closer to them in the Central Division standings. The Blackhawks currently trail the first-place Red Wings by five points.
One of the most amazing things about the success of the Blackhawks is the number of young players they have on their roster, and the fact that they seem to be getting better by the day as they get older by the day and gain important experience.
Once again last night after falling behind 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Daniel Sedin, the young guns of the Blackhawks roared back with a pair of second period goals from 20-year-old Patrick Kane, his 16th and Patrick Sharp with his 18 th goal of the season. Sharp will be celebrating his 27 th birthday on Dec. 27. The Blackhawks’ other 20 year old Jonathon Toews scored his 9 th of the season into an empty Vancouver net with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Last night’s victory followed two wins in the province of Alberta. Chicago defeated Edmonton 9-2 on Tuesday and Calgary 3-2 on Friday in overtime. Duncan Keith provided the overtime winner as Kane also chipped in with a goal.
What the Blackhawks would like to give their fans in the 12 th game of (Christmas), is not a partridge in a pear tree, but perhaps some beaten Red Wings.
Prospect Update: Chicago’s third-round pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft, goaltender Josh Unice will be participating in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa starting later this week as a member of Team USA.
All Star Game Voting: Patrick Kane made up a large chunk of ground in the past week and moved past Detroit’s Marian Hossa into first place among Western Conference forwards in voting for the 2009 All-Star game that will be played in Montreal on January 25, 2009.
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