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Amid turnover, turmoil, Blackhawks' six-player core remains a constant

Amid turnover, turmoil, Blackhawks' six-player core remains a constant

When the Blackhawks are done with a game at the United Center, they hang up the skates, shower and get changed. You would think their time in a combative and frenetic confined space would be over. That's just a part of the battle.

After the game, the Hawks must go into the family room, which isn't all that different from the chaos that consumes the rink.

"There's like a war zone when you go in there after the game," defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "There's toys everywhere."

To see how much has changed since 2009-10, when the Hawks won the first of three Stanley Cup titles in six seasons, all you need to do is look at that room.

"When...

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