Coach Joel Quenneville was already happy with this Ice Show trip, even before the Blackhawks suited up for Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Still, there's something to be said about putting a finishing touch on a long road trip, and the Blackhawks put an exclamation point on this one with their 5-1 victory over the Oilers. The Blackhawks enter the bye week on a five-game winning streak. Trailing the Minnesota Wild by three points, they'll now sit and watch the Wild play this week.
Chicago, we're heading your way again. Before we do, let's look at some notables to take from the Blackhawks' victory.
What Worked: Pretty much everything. The Blackhawks, who have improved throughout this road trip, played their sharpest game to date on Saturday night. Outside of the first four minutes in which the Oilers flashed their speed and Connor McDavid's brilliance, it was all Blackhawks. Honorable mention to the Blackhawks' power play, which scored on both opportunities it had.
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What Didn't Work: The Oilers. Edmonton was coming off its bye week and you would've figured it would have been the more energetic group. But the Oilers made too many mistakes and the Blackhawks overwhelmed them. So much for rest being beneficial.
Star of the game: Richard Panik. We've said it a few times but it bears repeating: the trade the Blackhawks made for this guy paid off. Panik scored two more goals on Saturday, establishing his new career high of 14 for the season. He has new career bests in assists (13) and points (27), too. A few weeks ago Panik said he felt good about his entire game, whether or not he was getting points. Still, he'll take them.
He Said It: "First fight of my life. I don't know. I don't think he's been in many either. I don't think either were looking to knock each other out. It was fun to do it for the first time." — Vinnie Hinostroza after he and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fought late on Saturday night.
By the Numbers:
599 – Assists for Jonathan Toews after recording two more against the Oilers on Saturday night.
398 – Career victories for coach Joel Quenneville for the Blackhawks.
145 – Blocks this season, which leads the NHL, for Niklas Hjalmarsson. The defenseman recorded two more against the Oilers on Saturday.