Blackhawks defensemen stepping up on offense

Blackhawks defensemen stepping up on offense

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By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks lead the NHL with 145 goals, and their defensemen are playing a key role in the prolific attack.

Duncan Keith leads all NHL defensemen with 30 assists. Niklas Hjalmarsson is on pace for career highs in goals and assists. Brent Seabrook has three goals and 23 assists after he had 20 points in 47 games last season. Nick Leddy and Johnny Oduya also have provided valuable support on the offense.

It's hard enough for teams to deal with such forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Now, when Keith & Co. are coming up and taking aim, the Blackhawks turn into a goaltender's nightmare.

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