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Nicklas Hjalmarsson deserves much of the credit for the Blackhawks' solid defense.
Nicklas Hjalmarsson has hidden under the shadows of Duncan Keith during the playoffs.
Hjalmarsson, however, has played just as well as the former Norris Trophy winner.
With five assists and the best plus/minus rating on the team of plus-10, Hjalmarsson is keeping pucks away from Corey Crawford while assisting on the offensive end. The Swedish defenseman also has blocked 32 shots in 17 games played and ranks sixth right behind Boston's Zdeno Chara.
Hjalmarsson stepped up during Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings during Duncan Keith's suspension, helping beat L.A. at the Staples Center for the first time in the playoffs.
His defensive skills will come in handy against the powerful Boston team.