Despite huge minutes for some, Blackhawks will be ‘ready to get right back at it’

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For the second time in these playoffs, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith logged over 45 minutes of ice time.

The actual number in Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, a 3-2 Chicago victory in triple overtime, was 49:51. That’s only a few minutes more than the 46:19 he received in Game 4 of the first round versus Nashville, another triple OT win.

In 12 playoff games, Keith has averaged a remarkable 32:02. And the “freak” hasn’t been the only workhorse on the back end. Brent Seabrook (26:15), Niklas Hjalmarsson (26:11), and Johnny Oduya (26:07) have also been eating up the minutes.

Meanwhile, Kimmo Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey each played sparingly (relatively speaking) last night, logging 16:45 and 18:34, respectively.

The former, at 40 years old and after missing most of the regular season, has struggled to keep up since joining the Blackhawks in a late-season trade. Lacking the mobility…

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