Dear Chicago Blackhawks: A Fans Appeal To All Players

By Gail Kauchak
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May 3, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing

Patrick Sharp

(10) celebrates scoring a goal during the third period in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Sharp.  Shoot high Sharpie!  Shoot high!  Shoot first and ask questions later.  Just keep shooting!

Antoine VermetteIn the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sundance said, “You just keep thinking Butch, that’s what you’re good at.”  Well, you just keep winning face offs, Vermy, that’s what you’re good at.

Teuvo TeravainenBaby TT, you may be a rookie but you have the vision and the stick-handling skills to do wonderful things out there.  Take advantage of those skilled old fogies you’re paired up with and bring it on!

Andrew Desjardins.   Ok Desi, you’ve shown that you can be a factor on the fourth line.  Just keep it coming; you don’t want Joakim Nordstrom or Kris Versteeg to replace you, right?  You still have something to prove, and this is only going to help the team.   

Marcus KrugerThe unsung hero, the man behind the scenes, the ultimate penalty killer!  You are a true blue collar style hockey player.  I will NEVER take you for granted.  Make life hell for those California boys, would ya?

Andrew ShawThis match-up reminds me of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals when you took on Zheno Chara of the Boston Bruins.  You’ve got to be like the pesky cat that gets under your feet and trips you up.  To take words out of your mouth, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”.  Oh, and net front presence!

Duncan KeithRight, so don’t get any bright ideas about taking up smoking cigarettes or anything like that.  It looks like we’re going to need your super human lung capacity for some marathon minutes this series.  30 minutes a game is the norm; anything more is just a bonus.

David RundbladThis is your NHL playoff debut kid, but no pressure or anything.  Rule #1; just don’t turn over the puck in your own end.  Keep it simple, and you’ll be fine.  And apparently it’s now your job to keep Duncs calm out there, so get working on that.