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First-place ‘Hawks ‘loved’ Circus Trip, says Quenneville

Dec 2, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT


On Saturday, Chicago finished its annual “Circus Trip” — a two-week stretch when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus overtake the United Center — in style, beating Phoenix 5-2 to close with a sparkling 6-1-0 record.

On Sunday, ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said the 13-day, seven-city tour was better than he could’ve imagined.

“We loved the trip,” Quenneville told the Chicago Herald. “We loved the consistency, the contribution we were getting across the board.

“The consistency is what we’re appreciating, and the energy and the enthusiasm in the locker room and on the bench is as good as we’ve seen here, so it’s been very positive.”

Some takeaways from the Circus Trip:

— Chicago improved to an NHL-best 11-3-1 away from home.

— The 6-1-0 finish was the club’s best in 10 years.

— After starting the trip with a 5-1 loss in Denver, the ‘Hawks rattled off six straight wins Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Dallas and Phoenix, outscoring those opponents 22-10.

Duncan Keith caught fire, scoring at a career-best pace while earning NHL Third Star of the Week honors.

— After the loss to Colorado, Corey Crawford stopped 110 of 116 shots (.948 save percentage) while Antti Raanta stepped in stopped 51 of 55 shots (.927 save percentage), earning his first NHL win.

— Heading into Monday night’s action, Chicago sits atop the league with a 20-4-4 record and 44 points, three clear of second-place San Jose (the Sharks do have two games in hand.)

All in all, pretty good trip. Just ask Q.

“We like our team, and it’s been a very positive start to our season and great road trip,” he said. “We’re very happy in all aspects of our team game, and we can touch on everything.

  1. comeonnowguys - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    All this while working the new guys in the fold. Not bad. But still early.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Champions are on fire. Go Hawks!

  3. blomfeld - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Quenneville = Tony Montana

    Regardless of whichever team you support, everyone must surely agree that this particular photo of Quenneville is consistent with some smarmy, smug, narcissistic, condescending, gangster. We Kings have no quarrel with the Blackhawks and we know that they mean well. Nonetheless, we’re going to have a little surprise in store for Queneville and crew this year ‘up there on the high ground’ where true champions are made … that is, if they can make it that far :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Bloomdude, once again, you underwhelm analytically. Kings are once again not the best team in the NHL (while being a very good team).

    Hawks are clearly a step above the Kings. Hawks this year are unfortunately not the best team, which is currently the Sharks.

    With the MAJOR upgade in backup goalie, Corey C playing better the last 4 starts and the team playing better D, Kings won’t be one of the two best teams in the WC.

    It’s pretty clear you’ll make the playoffs, and even get to the division champonship, but lose to the sharks, as you won’t have home ice this time, and they have improved.

    • blomfeld - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      *** earlier today at a sandwich shop ***

      Solutions: hi asshole … listen, do you idiots sell sandwiches ?

      Blomfeld: reckon we do

      Solutions: well then gimme one right now ! … and make to it like Hop Sing !

      Blomfeld: here you go

      Solutions: what the hell is this crap ?

      Blomfeld: it’s called a Tuna Melt with knuckles … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAM !!

      with all kidding aside friend, it would be positively ‘righteous’ for us Kings and you Hawks to renew our ‘friendship’ again this spring, up there on the ‘high’ ground … :)

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Your brain is a scary place. Hopefully it remains closed to tourists.

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