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Chicago Blackhawks’ Morning Links: Back On Track

By Colin Likas
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Tomas Fleischmann (12) celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Tomas Fleischmann (12) celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Thankfully, my brief reign as the morning links person doesn’t have to include only losses. The Chicago Blackhawks ensured that by ending their four-game skid with a 4-o victory over Winnipeg. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but four even-strength goals and strong road goaltending from Scott Darling — two things we hadn’t seen much of — were key components, which is a positive sign.

On the other end of the spectrum, the defense is still suspect at best, and the powerplay is still not converting. The latter point is for a lack of trying, as the units missed a goal or two by a post against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles earlier this week. I feel I have to bear some brunt of the blame for the Blackhawks’ man-advantage struggles, though, as I attended the game in which their most-recent powerplay goal occurred. Not since March 9 against St. Louis have the Blackhawks converted. My bad, guys and gals.

Still, a win is a win, and the Blackhawks moved within one point of the second-place Blues and within three of the Central Division-leading Stars. They also picked up a little ground on surging Nashville, as Washington defeated the Predators on Friday night.

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Next up is the Minnesota Wild, the only Central Division team the Blackhawks haven’t won against yet this season. Chicago holds an 0-3-0 mark against the Wild, including the pants-pooping outdoor display at TCF Bank Stadium last month. Might be a decent time for a little payback, as the Wild are just three points out of the second wild card position with a game in hand on Colorado, which currently holds the post.

The Blackhawks have officially entered a much calmer stretch of their schedule as the playoffs near. Even with Corey Crawford sidelined with an upper-body injury, the slate should allow them to contest for the division crown and home ice through most of the playoffs. That’d obviously be a treat for a team that has fared much better at the United Center (24-10-2) than it has away from it (18-14-4).

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Now, let’s get on to the morning links.

Use your brain today; it’s good for you. Chicago Blackhawks

Stop making Jonathan Toews sad. USA Today

It’s like magic … mad scientist magic. Chicago Sun-Times

Eh, he was ours first. CSN Chicago

Nobody had voted for Andrew Shaw when I linked this. HockeyFights.com

More bad luck in Big D. Associated Press

Blackhawks have two 1 seeds. Yahoo! Sports

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