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NHL pluses and minuses: Chicago Blackhawks are road warriors
NHL pluses and minuses: Chicago Blackhawks are road warriors

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + Displaced from the United Center for their annual circus trip, the Chicago Blackhawks were an impressive 5-1 after finishing with back-to-back victories over the Ducks and Kings. "Halfway through the trip we were right around a playoff spot, kind of on the bubble," center Brad Richards said Saturday. "We talked about trying to gain ground and momentum going into the second 20 games and we did a great job of that." + Congratulations to New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis for recording his 1,000th NHL point last week. He became the sixth player to reach that level after...

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