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Ducks unyielding test for Blackhawks ability to close out games

Ducks unyielding test for Blackhawks ability to close out games

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The chaos was palpable at the end of the Blackhawks' Game 4 victory against the Wild. The Wild, who had six attackers on the ice, were putting the pressure on the Hawks, who had a seemingly safe three-goal lead with just more than three minutes to play. Then Jason Pominville scored, then Nino Niederreiter scored and then the Hawks had to hang on for dear life in the closing seconds. Of course they did, and in the process preserved their undefeated record when it comes to closing out games after leading in the third period. The Hawks are 30-0-0 when holding a lead going into the third period, that includes five games in the playoffs. But when the Western...

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