Apr 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingJeremy Morin
(11) celebrates his goal during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks are heading to Los Angeles for Game #6 after Michal Handzus heroic backhander in double overtime extended the Chicago Blackhawks season and made the Western Conference Finals a Series again. Now there is one thing for Joel Quenneville to do in Game #6 and that is to unleash Jeremy Morin on the Kings.
Everyone was calling for Kris Versteeg to be in the pressbox for well let’s just say the entire playoffs, but things couldn’t have been more evident than last night in what could be described as the worst period of Versteeg’s career when the Kings scored 3 goals in the 2nd period and all of them seemed to be because of a Versteeg mistake. The Versteeg trade seemed pretty exciting way back when but he lost favor with the fans months ago and last night in the 2nd period it was finally a breaking point for Quenneville who stapled Versteeg to the bench and double shifted Patrick Kane in his spot the rest of the game.
After being benched for 2 and a half periods there is no possible way that Q can throw out #23 back on to the ice in Game #6, sure he could just throw Peter Regin out there or Joakim Nordstrom but this series needs fresh legs someone who can throw their body around and most importantly a player with a scorers mentality and he’s excellent in all advanced stats categories so Jeremy Morin fits all criteria!
Morin might not be a perfect 200 foot responsible player that Quenneville wants, but with the Hawks heading to LA they need someone who can put the puck in the net and throughout Morin’s career at every level he’s played that is one thing he’s been very successful at including his season ending goal scoring streak that put him on the active playoff roster for just a point and time like this one.
Handzus goal could have been a momentum swinger in this series, so it’s time to put some offensive punch back into the lineup instead of playing 9 forwards a game while hiding Brandon Bollig and Versteeg on the bench. The Hawks discovered the Kane, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad line last night, so why not reunite the Bickell-Regin-Morin line for Friday night and get back to rolling four effective lines!!
The Hawks have become the Hunters in this series so unleash the Morin and win this thing!!
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