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Blackhawks penalty killers on NHL record pace

Ben Smith wasn't caught short-handed when asked to describe the attributes a top-notch penalty killer possesses. "Know when there is time to pressure, know when it's time to sit back and kind of stay in the lanes, have a good stick and be willing to block shots," the Blackhawks forward said. Including Smith, the Hawks have nine players with those abilities who regularly appear on the penalty kill that leads the NHL with a 91.2 percent success rate and is on pace to eclipse the 2011-12 Devils' record of 89.6. The forward contingent of Smith, Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad along with defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya and Brent ...

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