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Joe Knowles: Blackhawks embark on meaningless stretch run

CHICAGO - If you are one of those fans who discovered the Blackhawks only in the last decade or so, you are about to enter uncharted territory.

Welcome to a month or more of games that don't matter.

For longtime fans, games such as the 7-2 pounding the Sharks laid on the Hawks last Thursday night felt like an unpleasant but not unfamiliar flashback. If you squinted just right at your TV screen, you could almost see Alexander Karpovtsev turning the puck over in

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