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Kane, Blackhawks continue 'Circus Trip' at Ducks

by Brian Hunter /

BLACKHAWKS (12-8-2) at DUCKS (8-11-4)


Season series: Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored 51 seconds into overtime, and goalie Corey Crawford made 39 saves in a 1-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 26 at United Center. Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.

Blackhawks team scope: Forward Patrick Kane will look to extend his career-high point streak to 18 games and move within three of the Chicago record set by Bobby Hull during the 1971-72 season. Kane, who leads the NHL in scoring, assisted on goals by defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith in a 5-2 win Wednesday at the San Jose Sharks. "It's something if it ends, it ends," Kane said of his streak. "I just want to play my game and make sure I'm doing the right things out there for the team. If it continues, it continues. I'm not too worried about it right now." Chicago is 2-1-1 with two games left on its annual "Circus Trip," which concludes Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. Toews has goals in consecutive games.

Ducks team scope: Andersen, who has missed the past two games because of an illness, still was sick Thursday, coach Bruce Boudreau told The Orange County Register. Goalie John Gibson, who won in relief of Anton Khudobin against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday and lost his first NHL start of the season against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, could be in line to start again. Anaheim held an optional practice Thursday; the fourth line of Patrick Maroon, Mike Santorelli and Chris Stewart was among seven players to participate. Captain Ryan Getzlaf has eight assists in the past four games and 10 points -- including his only goal of the season -- in the past six. Defenseman Sami Vatanen has consecutive multipoint games (one goal, three assists).

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