Playing with heavy hearts, Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks earned a difficult win.
The road trip was a piece of cake for Chicago, which finished with five wins and just one loss.
Jannik Hansen scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick.
With the game tied 3-3, Kane’s unassisted goal at 9:12 came after goalie Jonas Hiller turned over the puck behind his net.
Chicago is excited to prove itself against some of the West’s best on the road.
Jay Zawaski is talking defensive replacements, Brad Richards and Kris Versteeg.
Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists.
“For a young kid, the most unusual thing is how consistent he’s been,” Joel Quenneville says.
Also, Daniel Carcillo is nearing a return from injury.
Corey Crawford has an upper-body injury.
Kris Versteeg has suffered a lower-body injury.
The Blackhawks have been wheeling and dealing this weekend.
“I can only focus on what I’m doing,” Johnny Oduya says.
The Blackhawks open training camp Friday at Notre Dame.
Plus, Jay Zawaski is always talking about second-line centers.
How would you rate Chicago general manager Stan Bowman’s performance last season?
For all the success, being a Blackhawks fan isn’t easy on the heart.
Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists Wednesday in one of his best performances.
Kris Versteeg needs to stay benched, while Michal Handzus should be a specialist.
Brandon Bollig, Peter Regin and Kris Versteeg are all candidates to lose their spot.