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Olympic impressions: Looking at the Hawks' first games in Vancouver

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All six of the Hawks in the Winter Games have played at least one game so far. Here is a run down of how they played:

PATRICK KANE, USA

Line: Four shots and no points in 18:22 of ice time in 3-1 win against Switzerland.

Back check: Kane's four shots on goal led Team USA, but he failed to factor in a goal. Kane and linemates Zach Parise and Paul Stastny did show glimpses of being very productive. His ice time led all American forwards.

DUNCAN KEITH, CANADA

Line: Had a plus-2 rating in 16:25 in 8-0 win over Norway.

Back check: Keith didn't register a point, but he did have a nice pass that ultimately led to Canada's sixth goal. He was paired with teammate Brent Seabrook but also saw time with other defensemen, especially Shea Weber.

JONATHAN TOEWS, CANADA

Line: Had an assist, three shots and a plus-1 rating in 13:26 vs. Norway.

Back check:
His numbers might not show it, but Toews was a factor throughout the game. The Hawks' young captain played tough and was effective on the penalty kill - things he does well here.

BRENT SEABROOK, CANADA

Line: Had a plus-1 rating in 8:46 vs. Norway.

Back check:
Seabrook, one of the Hawks' leaders in average ice time, didn't have a busy night for Team Canada. His ice time was the lowest of Canada's seven defensemen. But that's OK. He will need his legs in the spring.

MARIAN HOSSA, SLOVAKIA

Line: Had an assist, five shots and two penalty minutes in 19:50 of ice time in a 3-1 loss against the Czech Republic.

Back check: Hossa showed no ill effects of the hit that caused him to miss the Hawks' last game before the Olympic break. He was one of the best players on the ice against the rival Czechs, setting up Marian Gaborik's goal with a nice pass and nearly scoring three times himself. Hossa also played physical along the boards.

TOMAS KOPECKY, SLOVAKIA

Line:
Had three shots in 4:38 vs. the Czech Republic.

Back check: A fourth-liner for the Hawks, Kopecky didn't play much for Slovakia. His ice time was the lowest of all Slovakian players who took the ice. He did become more of a factor later in the game, recording two of his shots in the third period.

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