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Blackhawks drop playoff opener 1-0 to Blues in overtime

Blackhawks drop playoff opener 1-0 to Blues in overtime

The Blackhawks were without defenseman Duncan Keith, who was suspended for Wednesday night's playoff opener against the Blues.

Their goaltender, Corey Crawford, was making just his second start after coming back from an upper-body injury.

Being down their top defenseman and with their goaltender still relearning his paces, you might think the Hawks would have trouble suppressing goals and would have to outscore the Blues.

So naturally, the inverse happened and Wednesday's game became a defensive struggle in which goals were harder to come by than sunshine in Chicago this spring, and those players who made it to the net paid a toll with their bodies.

It seemed...

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