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Blackhawks show glimpses of championship form during strong first part of NHL season

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 2:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blackhawks show glimpses of championship form during strong first part of NHL season

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks head into the NHL's Olympic break in prime position to defend their Stanley Cup title.

Now comes the part that really matters.

The Blackhawks (35-11-14) were shut out for the first time this season when they lost 2-0 at Phoenix on Friday night.

But their six-game trip leading up to the break including impressive wins at Los Angeles and Anaheim that helped them move within one point of the NHL-leading Ducks.

"It was really important before getting the two weeks off. You always want to go into the trip with a little momentum and gain some points before you have a long break like that," goaltender Corey Crawford said after the loss to the Coyotes.

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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals