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Hit brings out hate in West finals

Updated: May 24, 2009, 4:23 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The hit of the playoffs has polarized the two teams in the NHL's Western Conference finals.

There was very little middle ground Saturday as the Blackhawks and Red Wings exchanged barbs over the thunderous check from Detroit's Niklas Kronwall that injured star Chicago winger Martin Havlat.

"I thought it was gutless all around," said star Hawks blueliner Brian Campbell.

"I thought it was a great hockey hit," countered Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. ...

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