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Second-year winger Troy Brouwer (22) was one of six Blackhawks to score at least 20 goals, and he led Chicago with seven game-winners; the veteran John Madden, here trailing the play, was skilled at keeping his eye on the puck: He won 53% of his face-offs.
The third-youngest NHL player ever to wear the "C" when he became Blackhawks captain before the 2008-09 season at age 20, Jonathan Toews centered Chicago's top line. He scored 25 goals and paced Chicago forwards by playing 20:00 a game.
KANE'S SO ABLE
The other half (with Toews) of Chicago's twin pillars, Patrick Kane, 21, set career highs with 30 goals, 58 assists and 88 points, which were the most by a Blackhawk since Jeremy Roenick scored 107 in 1993-94. The Buffalo native was also the NHL scoring leader among U.S.-born players.
A Minnesota native, 6' 4", 257-pound Dustin Byfuglien (33) displayed a work ethic that was all Chicago, leading the Hawks with 215 hits that contributed to 683 team takeaways; at 6' 3", off-season acquisition Tomas Kopecky (82) chipped in 10 goals and grinded out his defensive duties.
MEN IN BACK
Behind a stout defense, the tandem of rookie Antti Niemi (below) and Cristobal Huet (right) faced an average of just 24.9 shots, the fewest in the NHL. Each goalkeeper won 26 games, though Huet, who struggled to a .895 save percentage, saw Niemi (.912) win the No. 1 job late in the season.