After wrapping up their most successful circus trip to date on a six-game win streak, the Chicago Blackhawks started December by posting three one-goal losses followed by three blow-out wins. By the end of the month, in which the team went 8-3-3, the Hawks had scored five-plus goals an NHL-most 17 times this season and stood atop league standings with 63 points.
Brandon Dillon of the Dallas Stars upends Andrew Shaw along the boards on Dec. 3. Despite outshooting the Stars 50-18 and scoring three goals in the second period, the Blackhawks lost 4-3 to close out their their six-game winning streak. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)