Jun 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (left) looks for the puck behind Chicago Blackhawks players Patrick Kane (88) , Duncan Keith (2) , Brent Seabrook (7) and Corey Crawford (50) during the second period in game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Blackhawks have not lost 3 in a row
One thing that always sticks out in my mind on the chances of winning a Stanley Cup is a team’s ability to bounce back after a loss. Also, how a team deals with multiple losses in a row. The one thing that shows great strength in the Chicago Blackhawks lineup is that they have never lost more than 2 games in a row. That shows they know how to stand up to adversity and overcome their struggles. The Blackhawks are very good at not placing blame on stupid factors but rather taking the bull by the horns and addressing what they are doing incorrectly. Coach Quenneville is one that does not like to lose, along with the other players on the team and that is where accountability comes in. They face their difficulties head on and make sure to adjust properly so that whatever they did wrong in a game, it does not happen over and over again.
When you break it down to a best of 7 series and you can bounce back the way they do, that can and will take you deep into the playoffs as it has in the past. Even when they have their backs up against the wall it seems to be when they play their best hockey. Sure they have had some sloppy games getting off to slow starts and get in a funk every once in a while but not losing more than 2 in a row proves that they do not let it affect them. That right there is the key to winning a Stanley Cup in my book.
The Chicago Blackhawks are right in the position that they need to be to continue to get better during the second half of the season. They will get added depth with the return of Kris Versteeg and Trevor van Riemsdyk before too long which will help. In my opinion the Chicago Blackhawks look focused and determined once again to win the Stanley Cup and nothing less is acceptable. The emergence of Brandon Saad on the first line and the consistency of Patrick Kane on the second line is a recipe for disaster for opposing teams. Time to get down to the nitty-gritty so the boys can bring home another cup and raise another banner!
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