Following a pair of lopsided defeats, the Chicago Blackhawks showed an improved effort during the most recent game on their annual circus road trip. However, it wasn't enough to end their recent struggles.
Facing the threat of their first four-game losing streak in three seasons, the Blackhawks will try to take advantage of the struggling Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
After opening its six-game trek with a win over rival Vancouver, Chicago (12-7-3) was outscored 14-4 in losses to Calgary and Edmonton this past weekend. The Blackhawks were much better defensively against San Jose on Wednesday but couldn't get anything past former goaltender Antti Niemi.
Chicago was shut out 1-0 despite outshooting the Sharks 23-11 in the first two periods and came up empty on the power play (0 for 4) for the first time in seven games.
"That's the standard for how we want to work," captain Jonathan Toews said. "I don't like the result but we had our chances and it just didn't go in. This won't hu...