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Chicago Blackhawks: Searching For Win Number One In 2010-11

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 09: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings jumps over Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks after scoring the winning goal against Marty Turco #30 during the Blackhawks season home opening game at the United Center on October 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Kyle WahlgrenCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

It has become pretty clear that the road to getting the first win will be the toughest. Many players have made the comment that teams will be out playing their best on a nightly basis against the defending champions.

It was a 4-3 overtime loss that left a sour taste in many mouths in Colorado. Many knew the biggest test would come back at home where many would be emotionally on a high following a banner ceremony against a very good Detroit team.

While the game had its ups and downs, it has became very apparent that the chemistry is unrecognizable. Obvious comparisons can’t be made to a team that was so closely knit a season ago, but if one was to find a flaw right now it would be that.

At times Saturday it seemed as if the top line was lethargic. Puck movement has not been as fast and precise, while simple decisions of put-ting a puck on net versus turning the puck over are happening more and more.

In a team filled with so many new faces, the dependence of the top six producing has never been more necessary. Unfortunately, the top line has been non-existent to start the season so far. Notice how it is the top line… The line of Patrick Sharp, Tomas Kopecky, and Marian Hossa seemed to click on many occasions on both nights. Who needs to really step up is Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

After constant hype revolving the offseason and expected “Cup hangover” it is time for the two to respond. While the team, as a whole, completed the ultimate goal last season, many believe this season will be the breakout season for the two young guns.

Should the Buffalo Sabres hold Toews and Kane in check for the third straight game, expect another long flight back to Chicago.

The new-comers are doing what is expected of them… follow.

It is time for the leaders to do what they are brought in to do… lead.

Kyle Wahlgren is a featured columnist for b/r and owner of ChicagoSportsAuthority.com

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