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The Chicago Blackhawks Are Not Playing Their Game

from Mike Brophy of CBC,

The Blackhawks find themselves trailing their first round series with the St. Louis Blues 2-0, having blown two games they should have won. Chicago led 3-2 in Game 1, but gave up a goal to Jaden Schwartz of the Blues at 18:24 of the third period and lost when Alex Steen scored after just 26 seconds of overtime.

Chicago's response?

They came back in Game 2 with one of their most goofy and unglued performances in years. The defending Stanley Cup champs, who also won the championship in 2009-10, were uncharacteristically undisciplined from veteran defenceman Duncan Keith delivering cheap shots to Blues players with his stick and foolishly waving his stick in the face of Vladimir Tarasenko while lined up for a faceoff to fellow blue-liner Brent Seabrook delivering a horrible head shot check that knocked Blues captain David Backes out of the game and will probably result in Seabrook receiving a multi-game suspension.

The end result was the same. Chicago led 3-2 late in the third period, but the Blues forced overtime when Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 19:53 and then won it on an OT tally by defenceman Barret Jackman.

Keith's silliness was completely out of character. And so will the Blackhawks early departure from the playoffs be out of character if Keith and his teammates don't halt the foolishness and get back to playing sound, intelligent hockey.

read on for more playoff talk...

Below, watch the Keith incident Brophy'w meintions...

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Actually Duncan Keith delivering cheap shots is absolutely in character for him

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/20/14 at 01:38 PM ET

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If the Hawks had won those 2 games - which they easily could have, the media narrative would be all about how the Hawks can win any way - in the alley or with skill.

Posted by CallMeJerry on 04/20/14 at 03:06 PM ET

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Actually Duncan Keith delivering cheap shots is absolutely in character for him

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/20/14 at 01:38 PM ET

+19.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/20/14 at 03:13 PM ET

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