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On the road: Hawks win 6 of 7 in most successful circus trip to date

by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks
After starting their annual circus trip with a rough 5-1 loss to Central Division foe Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks rifled off six consecutive victories against Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Dallas and Phoenix, becoming the first team to reach 20 wins and moving into the league's top spot with 44 points in 28 games. The 6-1-0 circus trip, which saw the Hawks face off against seven teams in twelve days, was the team's most successful to date.

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Jonathan Toews battles with Jan Hejda of the Colorado Avalanche for control of the puck at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 19, 2013. Despite outshooting the Avalanche 37-23, the Blackhawks failed to score in the first two periods and eventually lost, 5-1. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Sheldon Brookbank makes a flying attempt to block a pass from Colorado's Nick Holden on Nov. 19. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Rookie goaltender Antti Raanta, who was recalled from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs to stand in for injured backup Nikolai Khabibulin, takes a moment to reflect during his first career NHL appearance on Nov. 19 against the Avalanche. After Corey Crawford allowed three goals on seven shots during the first period, Raanta entered the game and saved 14 of 16 shots in 46:43 of ice time. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

toews and kane talking
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews exchange words during a break in the action in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 21, 2013, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Kane extended his point streak to nine games in the 6-3 victory over the Jets, notching an assist and a team-leading fifth power-play goal, while Winnipeg native Toews lead the team with four points (1G, 3A) on the night. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Kris Versteeg stretches out in Rogers Arena in Vancouver before facing off against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 23, 2013. (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Corey Crawford snatches the puck out of the air during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 23, 2013, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Crawford made 36 saves on 37 shots en route to being named First Star of the Game, and Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored just nine seconds apart in the third period to lead Chicago to a 2-1 win over Vancouver. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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Brandon Bollig collides with Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 23. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

toews breakaway
Jonathan Toews slings the puck past goaltender Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers on a breakaway in the first period on Nov. 25 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. With the tally, Toews gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead they would never lose in the 5-1 victory over the Oilers. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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Andrew Shaw celebrates with Kris Versteeg, Jeremy Morin, Nick Leddy and Sheldon Brookbank after scoring the first of his two goals against the Oilers on Nov. 25. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Corey Crawford stops a shot from Luke Gazdic of the Oilers on Nov. 25, one of his 24 saves on the night. As of Nov. 25, Crawford paced all NHL goaltenders with 16 wins and 23 games played. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Brent Seabrook smashes Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames against the boards on Nov. 27, 2013, at the ScotiaBank Saddledome in Calgary. After going scoreless in the first two periods, the Blackhawks notched three goals in the third — including a backhand shot from Patrick Kane with less than 30 seconds remaining — to overcome a two-goal deficit and defeat the Flames, 3-2. Kane's two goals extended his point streak to a career-long 12 games, the longest active streak in the league, and placed him at sixth in the NHL with a team-high 28 points (15G, 13A) through 26 games. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Antti Raanta celebrates after time expires against the Flames on Nov. 27. The goaltender made 20 saves on 22 shots in his first career NHL start and win. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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Jonathan Toews topples over goaltender Kari Lehtonen and defenseman Alex Goligoski of the Dallas Stars on Nov. 29, 2013, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

sharp shootout
Patrick Sharp, whose goal in the third knotted the score at one apiece and eventually sent the game into overtime, shoots the puck past Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen in the second round of the shootout on Nov. 29. After Rich Peverley beat Corey Crawford in the next round for the Stars, both teams failed to score until the 11th round, when Ben Smith slipped a wrister over Lehtonen's glove and clinched the 2-1 victory for the Hawks. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw congratulate Corey Crawford and Ben Smith on Nov. 29. The game in Dallas marked Crawford's 100th career victory and league-leading 17th win of the season. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

raanta coyotes
Antti Raanta keeps his eyes on the puck as Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan attempts to score on Nov. 30, 2013, at the Arena in Phoenix. With a decisive 5-2 victory over Phoenix, Chicago capped off its most successful circus trip to date, going 6-1-0 in seven games and becoming the first team to reach 20 wins. As of Nov. 30, the Blackhawks lead the league with 44 points through 28 games. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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