Chicago Blackhawks: Mistakes to Overcome in Game 2

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Apr 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first overtime in game one during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Not creating enough chances

The Chicago Blackhawks lacked the number of chances in front of the net and were out-shot. Even with 6 power play chances to their advantage they couldn’t convert on their last 5. The St. Louis Blues on the other hand generated chances behind the net and out in front catching the Blackhawks off-hand twice. Once in the 3rd and the other for the OT game winner. During the off day Joel Quenneville even talked about this in an interview. He said, “There wasn’t a lot of quality or quantity chances in OT but it was the ones that were out there that were definitely dangerous on both sides. We could have maybe generated more, scoring threats is something that we’ll talk about.” Coming from the coach he will address the issues and as for now he is not making any line changes. If things where to continue to happen then maybe he would look into changing it up. It is only 1 game so far, so nobody is in panic mode on the Blackhawks bench. (Quote via blackhawks.nhl.com)

Keep your eyes open and see if you see any improvement in these areas during Game 2. These guys know how to make adjustments and tweak their games so I expect the Blackhawks to come out firing them at the net this time around. I am sure the game will be just as exciting and full of surprises as Game 1. My one wish is that the Chicago Blackhawks come out on top this game. We could always use a lucky bounce…or two!

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  • Dave

    Got to step up and bring their “A” game for the rest of the series. It did appear that after Kaner’s breakaway goal they settled into a defensive posture for the rest of the third period. Got to get Patrick Sharp buzzing the net more, he needs to stop getting pinched along the boards so often and we need someone camped out in front of Miller, not three guys behind the net fighting for the puck. They’ve been down before so it’s time to even things and go on and finish off the Blues. Lord Stanley’s Cup is not leaving our hands!

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    @Dave. I totally agree and knowing our Hawks as we do, the minor adjustments in all phases shall be made! Moreover, getting pucks on net will definitely be a highlight of Game2. Our Hawks need focus on the details of each period and thus, return home with the series tied. Here’s 2Our Hawks!

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    One Minset.. One Goal.. Total Team Effort shuts down the Blues in Game2.. Go Hawks!