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The Two-Way Player Known As Havlat

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

...amid all the good signs I’ve seen from the Hawks this year—at this time of year—the one thing that struck me Tuesday night was Martin Havlat’s empty-net goal.

Perhaps it shouldn’t have seemed so jarring, but it was. In a vaccuum, I’m thinking, whoa, what’s Havlat doing on the ice at the end of a game when the Hawks are trying to protect a one-goal lead?

Yeah, I know, that was the question about the old Havlat, the one-way Havlat, the usually injured Havlat. I guess it still takes some getting used to. It also bears reiterating: This is not your father’s Havlat.

Contract year motivation or not, the guy has been a stud. He has been to the forwards what Duncan Keith is to the defense and what Khabibulin has been in goal.

Havlat leads the team in points with 73. He leads the team in assists with 45. He’s a plus-28, if you can believe that, second only to Keith. And he has missed only one game all season. One game. One game from the Czech version of Mark Prior.

Of all the things coach Joel Quenneville has done right this season, ranking near the top of the list is convincing Havlat he could be a game-breaker on the checking line.

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