While sitting out sick, Jason Dickinson spotted a pattern connecting some of the Blackhawks' recent goals against. Many of them were being scored by opposing players left open in the slot or in front of the net.
Coach Luke Richardson spotted the same pattern. He pushed the Hawks through a practice drill Friday that emphasized collapsing tighter toward the middle of the defensive zone to protect those dangerous areas. But it's one thing to identify a weakness. It's another thing to take action to strengthen the weakness. And it's another thing to make it no longer a weakness at all.
Facing on Saturday a Bruins team riding one of the biggest waves the NHL has seen in some time, the Hawks' weaknesses were not only still present but also exploited time and time again in a never-in-doubt 6-1 blowout loss.
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