VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Until Thursday, there had been no place like away from home for the Chicago Blackhawks.
At least lately.
Before their 4-2 loss to the Canucks, the Hawks had won four in a row on the road and were 5-0-1 away from the United Center since Dec. 29, outscoring opponents 27-13 in the process.
"We'll buy into any good storylines right now," captain Jonathan Toews said. "Anything that can let us feed off that and gives us confidence.
"We don't want to look at the big picture ahead of us too much."
That big picture is framed in parity, and the Blackhawks are lagging in the crowded standings five points and four spots out of the second wild-card spot in the West.
In an atypical January, the Hawks struggled at home to the tune of a 2-5-1 record.
The Hawks are at a loss to explain their recent road showings -- and their recent home woes.
"We didn't play very well in our building in that stretch," Toews said. "We want to have a good road trip here and when we go back to our building, go into those games with that same mind set. We can eventually feed off the crowd when we get things working our way."
Things worked the Hawks' way early during Thursday's game. Nick Schmaltz staked them to a 1-0 lead with 4 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first period off a pass from Brandon Saad, who recorded his first point in 10 games.