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Blackhawks face tough road challenge vs. Blues

CHICAGO IL - MARCH 19:  Head coach Joel Quenneville Chicago Blackhawks got his 700th career wagainst St. Louis Blues

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 19: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks got his 700th career win against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on March 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Updated: April 17, 2014 6:04PM



Winning on the road generally is not a problem for the talented and veteran Blackhawks. They are 16-12 on the road in the last four postseasons — only the Boston Bruins (16-15) have won as many road games in that span.

But that first game almost always is a problem — which presents perhaps the biggest hurdle in facing the St. Louis Blues in the opener of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The Blackhawks have lost the first road game of seven consecutive series.

‘‘Maybe in the past we’ve been feeling out the other team a little bit too much instead of just going out and playing the game, playing our style of game to try to take it to them,’’ forward Patrick Kane said. ‘‘I think that’s something we can learn from, especially with the amount of experience in this locker room.’’

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