Blackhawks start circus trip with a win over Flames

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The Chicago Blackhawks began their seven-game circus road trip with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

The trip is caused by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus taking over the United Center for the next 10 days.

The Blackhawks are 20-9-2 during the yearly trip since coach Joel Quenneville was hired on Oct. 16, 2008. Chicago was 6-1-0 on the trip last season.

Adam Clendening opened the scoring with his first NHL goal. Daniel Carcillo gave Chicago a 2-0 lead before Paul Byron and Dennis Wideman responded for Calgary tying it at 2-2 after one period.

Brent Seabrook and Sean Monahan exchanged second period goals.

Patrick Kane scored the eventual game-winner, his seventh of the season, at 9:12 of the third.

Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the win while Jonas Hiller stopped 18 shots in the loss.