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Brian Campbell might not want to turn on the television, open a paper or peruse the Internet today. He's all over all of them, and it isn't pretty.

The Blackhawks defenseman had a game-losing giveaway Tuesday night as Chicago lost to Detroit, 3-2, in overtime. The setback dropped Chicago into a 2-0 hole in the Western Conference finals, and many are saying the series is over.

Campbell is definitely wearing the goat outfit. He turned the puck over at the Detroit blue line with a backhand attempt, and the Red Wings responded with a three-on-one rush that goalie Nikolai Khabibulin had no chance of stopping.

ESPN is running clips of Campbell's "Big Mistakes." The lowlights start with his penalty late in Game Seven of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals, when he shot the puck over the glass for the Sabres; Carolina scored the game-winner on the power play. The next clip is a penalty he took in the fourth overtime last season with San Jose, and Dallas eliminated the Sharks on the power play. Those plays are followed by Tuesday's gaffe.

"On the goal there I'll do that play a hundred more times," Campbell said in the Chicago Tribune.

"That's a play I can make and I normally do make it. It's a tough way to lose, and I don't feel too good about it right now. A lot of things are going on inside right now emotionally. I know me personally and the rest of the guys aren't going to quit."

Though Campbell would make the play again (the error and goal are in the clips package below), observers wish he wouldn't.

Writes Barry Rozner of Illinois' Daily Herald: "Campbell has been all season - and remains - a player you can't trust on the ice at crucial times, and that's a frightening statement about a guy getting paid $7.1 million a year for seven more years."

That said, he'd still look good in Buffalo at $5 million.

---John Vogl

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