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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Goals for Game 5

By Josh Brink
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Apr 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) clears the puck as right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) is taken down by Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during overtime in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Disturb the goalie

During the process of throwing the puck at the net the key to scoring a goal is disturbing the goalie. You have to make sure you get at least one person in front of him but the more the better. Usually if someone is posted up in front of the net that will draw a defensive player to try and block him or push him around to create havoc. With the extra body it also can make it harder on the goalie to see the puck. In Game 4 the Hawks utilized net presence on 2 of their 3 goals during regulation. Corey Crawford was also clearly frustrated after his view was blocked by a towering TJ Oshie and the Blues first goal slipped by him.

Speed during offensive rush

There is no doubt that the Chicago Blackhawks have some fast legs on the ice. This is something that Patrick Kane has displayed time and time again. Kane was able to score both of his goals in Game 4 on the offensive rush to the net. Being fast not only helps when trying to score, Kane uses it to his advantage to elude some of the bigger hits he may have taken. If the Blackhawks can get a fast pace going with crisp passes they will be able to control the puck in the Blues zone and increase their chances of capitalizing.

Be physical but disciplined

It truly is a double sided sword. If you can maintain some type of physicality it will not only wear the other team down over the course of the game, it also can generate some power play opportunities. If the Blackhawks can maintain discipline while being physical at the same time they have the opportunity to create more scoring chances. If there is no discipline like in Game 2, penalties result on your end instead and the advantage is placed in the other teams hands. Luckily for the most part of the series the Blackhawks have been able to defend fairly well on the penalty kill. Now they just need to see more consistency in the power play scoring.