This series has had everything you can ask for. Both teams have imposed their will along with taking themselves off of each other’s game.
Game four in my opinion, was a microcosm of the Blackhawks playoff run. The team struggled with the power play, they dug themselves out of a hole to only get out of it along with the team’s two best players, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane woke up offensively.
The 2013 Stanley Cup Final has been as tight as a playoff series can be. It has been a pleasure for the fans to see such a evenly matched series. The hockey gods, the old and the new (I couldn’t help to throw in a Game of Thrones reference) are smiling.
Let’s talk about what the Blackhawks can do to get some breathing room.
The team continues to put Corey Crawford is a precarious place. The penalties by Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane put the team in a spot where Boston cashed in on power play goals. Even though the game got out of hand at one point in the second period, the Blackhawks overcame the strong pushback by the Bruins by getting things going on the offensive end.
I strongly believe that the Blackhawks would be up 3-1 at this point if it wasn’t for the gross ineptitude of the special teams. Even though the Blackhawks scored a shorthanded goal due to the fact the Bruins were on a man advantage, the team will take whatever they can get. The power situation has been completely awful during the playoffs. But in game four the team broke out of its slump in a major way. Maybe the team read the thoughts of some anonymous Western Conference coaches. These coaches gave some advice on what the team can do to improve the power play. Some of the things mentioned in the article took place during Wednesday’s game. Staying around the net and taking opportunities can create scoring opportunities.
Some Blackhawks fans on social media were saying after that the team should let Ray Emery start game five. Look here, don’t be fan “dumb.” Barring illness or a nuclear attack, Corey Crawford will be the Blackhawks netminder for the duration of the series. Crawford made plenty of other saves during the last game. I would argue some of those goals were set up by some of his teammates who took dumb penalties. I’m looking at you Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. There is already talk of Crawford being added to the Canadian National team for the upcoming winter Olympics. So get that foolishness out of your heads.
If the Blackhawks can stay the course and lay off of the penalties, expect of a victory in game five.
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