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Chicago Blackhawks’ Three Players Who Have Stepped Up

By Tim Lively
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (right) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (left) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (center) following the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks have seen good play of late from some of their athletes

As of this post, our beloved Chicago Blackhawks have been skating without their captain, Jonathan Toews, for nine consecutive games, their starting goalie Corey Crawford for five consecutive games, and star defenseman Brent Seabrook for two consecutive games.

Losing a key player for a prolonged period of time is a difficult challenge for any team to overcome, but to lose three of your top players in three different positions can be all but a death knell.

Since the loss of Toews and the later salt-on-the-open-wound that was the sidelining of Seabs and Crow, the Blackhawks have posted a record of 5-3-1. By most measures, this a fairly commendable performance sans three of your franchise’s top talents.

The question now is how have the ‘Hawks been able to fare so well, and can they keep it up until their trifecta of horrid injury luck comes to an end?

Perhaps the only silver lining to any top player being held off the ice for multiple games is that it creates a production void that gives otherwise lower-profile players an opportunity to fill. While the first line (fka the second line) of Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, and Artemi Panarin has been humming along per usual for the ‘Hawks, they certainly aren’t the only reason our boys in red, white, and black boast a winning record with their limited roster.

Here are three Blackhawks who have really stepped it up as of late.

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