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Blackhawks winger Troy Brouwer didn't need to say that he was "unhappy." His response to the elbow Canucks defenseman Alexander Elder delivered to his chin said enough.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Hawks got some good news Wednesday when winger Troy Brouwer was declared ready and in Game 1 of their first-round series with the rival Canucks.

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He's not Patrick Sharp. Or Dave Bolland. But winger Troy Brouwer is an important part of what the Blackhawks want to do.

Now, the Hawks will have to move on without him at a dire time. (And Sharp and Bolland).

For some reason or another, the Blackhawks' toughness often comes into question. Whether that's a warranted question is debatable.

The Hawks have shown some tenacity and abrasiveness lately. The willingness is there. Here are three examples:

Jake Dowell drills Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner, a Calder Trophy candidate.

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