No doubt about it: the Blackhawks had a tough stretch ahead of them coming out of the All-Star break, in the form of a nine-game, three-week road trip. Call this the ice-show trip—while a Disney family extravaganza takes up residence at the United Center—in contrast with the circus trip in November. The odyssey did break up conveniently into a trio of three-game sets, with the Hawks to return home to their own beds to start each week before embarking out again. How’d the first set go? Terribly.