Originally posted on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 11/25/11
While it's always a cliche to say there are no moral victories, and the result is all that matters, the NHL season is far too long to get wrapped up in that entirely. There are some nights where the team is bad. There are some nights when they're not and they just lose a game. While we saw the former in Alberta last weekend, Wednesday in San Jose was the latter. The Hawks recommitted to a defensive focus, especially on the road against perhaps the conference's leading power. And they pretty much nullified them for the entire 60 minutes without Brent Seabrook. The only blemish was a power play goal that took a wicked deflection which pretty much rendered Corey Crawford helpless. After that, Crawford didn't have a big save to make. Come to think of it, he didn't have a big save to make before that either. The Hawks smothered the Sharks in the defensive zone. They blocked shooting lanes, won races to loose pucks and most important played clean when trying to exit. This had been the maj...
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