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CHICAGO IL - APRIL 06: BrandBollig #52 Chicago Blackhawks has words with Ryan Reeves #75 St. Louis Blues as liesman

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Brandon Bollig #52 of the Chicago Blackhawks has words with Ryan Reeves #75 of the St. Louis Blues as liesman Scott Cherrey #50 moves to separate them at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Updated: April 13, 2014 7:43PM

Less than a month ago, facing the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs was something of a nightmare scenario for the Blackhawks. The Blues play a bruising and battering physical style, were the top team in the league, had just acquired star goaltender Ryan Miller and agitator Steve Ott at the trade deadline, and had won all three meetings with the Hawks up to that point.

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