May 8, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Octopus is seen on the ice surface after being thrown during the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings in game five of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks won a huge Game #4 on Thursday night in the City of Angels and most Blackhawks fans are walking on cloud 9. There is one thing we cannot forget is the lessons learned just a week or so back against the Detroit Red Wings.
1. Don’t Take Anything For Granted– The Red Wings waltzed through Game #5 in a 4-1 loss expecting to be able to win Game #6 in Detroit. The Hawks have to take it to the Los Angeles Kings in Game #5 and not just expect to win because they are on United Center ice. The forechecking pressure has been too much for the Kings defense to handle when applied for 60 minutes.
2. 3-1 isn’t 4-1. The last win of the series is always the toughest. The Kings are a tough hard-nosed team that follows the lead of their head coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings aren’t going to exit the playoffs without a fight so take the fight to them instead of just trying to absorb all their best hits.
3. Quick is still in net– Jonathan Quick is fantastic even though Corey Crawford is playing to the same level. Hockey is strange so you can’t let Quick sit down between his crease not working. The Hawks have to stick to their game plan and get constant pucks to the net. This also will in turn keep pucks off of Crawford! They attacked Quick early in Game #2 and that needs to be the plan in Game #5.
What do you think? The Hawks need to finish this Saturday night, will their Wings experience help their mind-set?
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