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Blackhawks Ready for Title Defense

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 160

BlackhawksCHICAGO (AP)–Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had time to heal. Now, they’re ready to launch a title defense.The Chicago Blackhawks have their stars back and their sights set on a second straight Stanley Cup as they head into the playoffs this week and a first-round matchup against the rival St. Louis Blues.

Toews said Monday there have been “a lot of ups and downs” this season and that the Blackhawks have “done a great job of dealing with all that.”

The Blackhawks are shooting for their third title in five years. If they win it all this time around, they’ll be the first to repeat since Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

They finished fifth in the Western Conference with 107 points and earned the third seed in the Central Division.