May 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingViktor Stalberg
(25) skates with the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks let one slip away Saturday night and now hit the road in Game #3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Here are three thoughts heading into Beantown.
1. It’s Time To Break The Game #3 Curse– The Hawks have hit the road for every Game #3 in the 2013 playoffs and have left the opponents building with a Big Fat Loss. Every game has been close but the Hawks haven’t been able to pull a W out. The Hawks know that the crowd will not be behind them so a quick start will need to be in order in Boston. The only difference is that the Hawks need a 60 minute effort on the road unlike the 20 minute effort in Game #2. The Hawks only need to steal one game while in Boston to regain home ice and there is no better time than the present.
2. Change it up– The Boston Bruins are fantastic shot blockers. The Hawks need to change something up in their game plan to stop getting pucks blocked down and start getting pucks on Rask. Going into the third period of Game #2 the Bruins had a 13-1 shot block advantage. Fake a shot, Slap pass, something needs to be different so that Tuukka Rask sees more than 9 shots in two periods.
3. Stalberg Needs To Turn Speed Into Points- Viktor Stablerg should be on the ice tonight and with both rosters playing almost 10 periods in two games they must have heavy legs. With one of the most elite speed players in the NHL on for Game #3, Stalberg needs to use his speed to his and the Hawks advantage and produce points tonight. Turn the corner, get to the net, and create havoc!! Stalberg has the tools but will he build something for the Hawks or just tear it down?
What Do you think a Key is for tonight’s Game #3?
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