Super pitstop in Vegas for road-hound Hawks

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

It was the perfect way to break up the longest road trip of the season.

Having two days between games, the Chicago Blackhawks went to Las Vegas following their victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday before flying up to Edmonton for last night's encounter against the Oilers.

"We were there last year for the same time during the Super Bowl and we wanted to do something different for the team," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

"They had a great set up there, they had a great Super Bowl party and it was a nice little diversion from our regular routine."

The game against the Oilers was the Blackhawks fourth of a season-long eight-game road trip.

They've already gone through California with win in Anaheim and San Jose and a loss in Los Angeles. Following their contest against the Oilers, the Blackhawks will head to Calgary and Vancouver before finishing with game in Atlanta and St. Louis.

"It was great," said Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews.

"We all enjoyed our All-star break, it gave everyone some time away from the rink and got some time to let the body relax.

"This was another one, it was a nice little weekend.

"We worked hard last week. We played three tough teams and we were able to come out with two wins.

"It was nice to watch the Super Bowl and spent some time with the team.

I had never been to Vegas before, it was a pretty cool trip. But now we're well-rested and ready to go."


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