It was just a snapshot.  

But, it typified what ailed the Blackhawks in the first half and what it will take to change things in the second half.


There was Duncan Keith -- the reigning Norris Trophy winner -- quietly sitting in the Staples Center box last night serving his delay of game penalty for chipping the puck over the glass with the Blackhawks clinging to a 3-2 third period lead. 

Sitting next to him, a fuming Jonathan Toews, who blasted the referees for a phantom high-sticking penalty, which gave the Kings the power play that tied the game with seven minutes left.

While key injuries and new roles played a part, the Blackhawks weren't up to snuff mentally in the first 41 games.    

The relentless desire and urgency shown by the captain to score the game-winner in Los Angeles has to be a constant -- team-wide -- for the defending champions from here until mid-April.

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