Black­hawks out­look

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The Black­hawks shook off the Ducks’ phys­i­cal­ity dur­ing the West fi­nals and seemed to get stronger as the se­ries pro­gressed, demon­strat­ing their abil­ity to han­dle what­ever is thrown at them. “I think that’s the ex­pe­ri­ence this teamhas go­ing through cer­tain sit­u­a­tions through­out the years,” said goal­tenderCorey Craw­ford (2.56 goals-against av­er­age, .919 save per­cent­age). “You go through stuff that­maybe some teams tighten up but when you go through that again and again it seems like no mat­ter what hap­pens, no mat­ter what sit­u­a­tion oc­curs dur­ing a game, we’re able to keep play­ing and not let it af­fect whatwe’re do­ing on the ice from shift to shift.” Toews (nine goals, 18 points) willed them to victory, af­ter the Ducks took a 3-2 se­ries lead, and­was helped by be­ing re­united with Kane, who had a goal and five points in the last two games. Chicago again will rely heav­ily on its top four de­fense­men but as long as DuncanKeith is up­right they will have an edge overTam­paBay.

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