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Stalwart Blackhawks defense suffers from lapse
Stalwart Blackhawks defense suffers from lapse

Almost lost in all the angst of the Blackhawks' recent offensive drought had been just how well they had played defensively this season. No team in the NHL had allowed fewer goals per game than the Hawks entering their game against the Capitals on Friday night at the United Center as a combination of superior puck possession, strong goaltending, good gap control and clearing pucks from dangerous areas in their own zone was used to shut down opponents. "If someone is going to steal points from us they have to play a heck of a game," center Marcus Kruger said. "It's hard to beat us. If we check and play defense the right way we're going to have a good chance...