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5 Thoughts: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Dallas Stars 6-1 in final home game

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate defeating the Dallas Stars 6-1 at the United Center on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate defeating the Dallas Stars 6-1 at the United Center on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 01: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) catches a shot on net during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks on April 1, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 01: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) catches a shot on net during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks on April 1, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

2 – Corey Crawford went down with an injury, but not a UBI.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford left the game early in the 2nd period, which was cause for concern.  But the “good” news is that it was a groin injury, probably suffered when he made a great save on Jason Dickinson.  He appeared to get up slowly after making this big save.  With the heightened awareness of his concussion injuries, the positive takeaway is that this was not another head injury that forced him out of the game.

3 – David Kampf returned and had a positive impact.

After suffering a facial injury last Saturday in a game against the Los Angeles Kings, David Kampf returned to the line up with a full shield to protect his mouth.  He’s been an important defensive forward whose presence or absence greatly affects his team in a quiet way.  In 12:27 of ice time, Kampf recorded one assist, was a +1 and posted a 44 percent success rate for faceoffs.  These are not glamorous statistics, but what Kampf does is forecheck and limit scoring chances. His solid defensive play helped thwart the Stars’ offensive attack.  He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of this season, so the team will have to decide if they want to keep this defensive specialist. I’d like to see him back next season on the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s potentially the young shutdown center the team desperately needs.

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