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Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Fundamentals for Game 4

By Josh Brink
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Apr 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Chris Porter (32) tries to shoot on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-0. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Finishing strong

For some reason even after the long tough battles throughout each of the 3 games, it seems like the Blues finish the 3rd period harder than they played in either of the 1st or 2nd periods. In Game 1 the Blues scored a game tying goal with 1:45 left in the 3rd after the Blackhawks had maintained the lead through almost 2 periods of play. In Game 2 the Blues comeback struck again and scored with a 6 on 4 advantage to tie the game with 6.4 remaining on the clock. This has created havoc on the Blackhawks and ultimately cost them both Game 1 and Game 2. Relating directly to their lack of discipline and not getting the puck out of the defensive end. Corey Crawford has really kept the Blackhawks in it during these close games while getting pelted by shots from the Blues from all angles. A more complete game effort from the Blackhawks by getting pucks out when they need to and also getting the puck deep into your end so that you can control the puck.

The Blackhawks all know and talk about their mistakes on the ice openly in the media when addressed. I think it is a good thing that the reporters address the shortcomings, that maybe some players try to tune out. Sometimes those things are what you need to focus on in your game or maybe even the team game. I say this because I do hear them talking about maintaining discipline, scoring on power play opportunities, shots on goal, and finishing strong. Now it is all about executing all of these things game in and out if they want to be able to defeat the St. Louis Blues and possibly the teams to come. The Blues might be getting a little uncomfortable after last night’s loss and talks of comparison to last year’s first round exit. We’ll see how it pans out Wednesday night at 9:30 PM ET on CBC, RDS, NBCSN, CSN-CH, FS-MW.


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