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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa comfortable together, and it shows on ice

ST. LOUIS — Jonathan Toews corralled a skittering puck with one hand, then dangled his way through the legs of an unwitting Kris Versteeg, who was stretching during the Blackhawks’ morning skate Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. After a quick spin, Toews threaded a puck between …Read More

 

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