Blackhawks Showing No Concern About Overworking Top D-Men in Stanley Cup Final

June 4th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

TAMPA, Fla. — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya is sick of the questions.

“Yeah, this question comes up every day now,” he said on Thursday at Amalie Arena. “I think maybe the talk of all this is a little—how do you say?—it's gone on and it became something that maybe it's not as big of a deal.”

Because of an injury to Michal Rozsival at the end of the second round and a lack of defensemen head coach Joel Quenneville trusts beyond his top-four guys, the Blackhawks have leaned heavily on Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Oduya over the past eight games.

That workload, combined with the physical nature of the Anaheim Ducks, could’ve worn the Blackhawks down over seven games of the Western Conference Final.

Instead, the Blackhawks seemed to get better as the series progressed and overcame a 3-2 series deficit to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks made it three straight wins by again rallying on Wednesday, this time from down a goal in the third period to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cu ...

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