Greenberg: Hawks in trouble

March, 15, 2010
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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Bill Smith/Getty ImagesHawks captain Jonathan Toews scored two goals in his team's losing effort on Sunday.

CHICAGO -- The complaints have seemed extraneous, like whining about bad coffee at the end of a five-star meal.

A few soft goals and defensive slip-ups should be forgivable in a season in which the Western Conference power Chicago Blackhawks are winning at an obnoxious clip.

"I think some teams are so good, you've got to look for faults," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday.

It wasn't hard to see the cracks in the Heartbreak Hawks on Sunday, and it wasn't the goaltending. Behind an undermanned and shaky defense and an inability to muster late offense, the Hawks fell to 3-4 since the Olympic break with a wildly disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday in a nationally televised game between Stanley Cup favorites. Chicago looked like a team capable of an early playoff exit and a summer of recriminations. You want to believe the best, to see the good in a team that has been very, very promising, but a weekend like this makes you think twice.

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Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
32 15 17 8
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 15
AssistsP. Kane 17
+/-K. Versteeg 15
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