Winning solves a lot of problems

Trade may still be in Blackhawks' future, but recent play already provides a boost

Updated: February 22, 2012, 2:20 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Never again, or at least not this season, will the Chicago Blackhawks or their fans underestimate the simple and indisputable value of victory, regardless of the points attached.

The team won its fourth straight game on Tuesday night, which only eight days ago would have appeared inconceivable. Let's face it, eight days ago, even one win was starting to look that way, much less against their old rivals, the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings.

That each team was missing ...

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