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Chicago Blackhawks: Reasons For Calmness And Panic

By Mario Tirabassi
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks check out the replay screen during the third period against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks check out the replay screen during the third period against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Keep Calm and Trust in the Blackhawks

— This is nothing new to this core group of Blackhawks players. Numerous times over the last six to seven years, the Blackhawks have had their share of issues finishing off opponents they should beat, or staying away from rough patches late in the season. Last year, prior to the collarbone injury to Patrick Kane in late February, the Blackhawks had lost five of seven and were facing the last two months of the season without, arguably up until that point, the NHL MVP. Players like Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith stepped up in the absence of Kane and helped push the Blackhawks into the postseason. That season ended up being pretty nice when it was all said and done, and the ability for this year’s Blackhawks to do the same is still there.

— Joel Quenneville is a Hall of Fame coach for a reason. No one likes winning more than Quenneville, and he won’t let you forget it. With the coaching staff and core players the organization has put together, the success of the Blackhawks is rarely ever in doubt. Quenneville is a master-mind behind the bench, shuffling lines and making the best decisions to spark the team when needed. If there is any doubt the message in the locker room isn’t hitting home, look to what Toews said following the 5-0 loss to the Kings: “Collectively as a team, I think everyone is to blame. It’s a tough couple games, but we have seen that before. We’ve been through that before. We know not to overreact, start second-guessing ourselves and let that lack of confidence creep into our minds.” The team is behind one another, and Quenneville’s message resonates.

— The Blackhawks are nearly 100 percent healthy heading into April. Many teams that are pushing to either make the playoffs or keep pace with their current position in the standings are all dealing with some sort of injury or the stress of trying to stay away from any serious setback. The Blackhawks, outside of Marcus Kruger, are all hands on deck moving into the back half of March. Toews, Kane, Keith, Corey Crawford, etc., are all here and ready to make the run for the first back-to-back Stanley Cup championships since the Red Wings in 1997-98.

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