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Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger never expected to serve as the backbone to the penalty kill when they first came to the NHL.
But whether they like it or not, Frolik and Kruger now play as defensive forwards on the PK.
And they continue to excel in this role.
Both of the European-born players are speedy. They steal not-so-crisp passes and win crucial board battles.
Perhaps most importantly, they're in—or hustle to get to—the right places at the right times.
"We try to outwork them as hard as we can," Kruger said of the penalty kill unit after the Blackhawks' victory over the Detroit Red Wings (via Tim Sassone, Daily Herald). "We take pride in doing the preparation for the games and learn everything about their power play."
Frolik and Kruger's hard work ethics continue to power the Hawks through often game-deciding short-handed situations.