Chicago Blackhawks: Five Worries About The Tampa Bay Lightning

By Skylar Peters
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May 24, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal with center Tyler Johnson (9), left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period of game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

#3: “The Triplets”

On the defensive side of the puck, the Blackhawks have plenty to be worried about. Much of the Lightning’s attack in this post-season has come straight from the top: The Bolts’ top line, a trio of young guns dubbed “The Triplets” have already taken down Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist.

Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson have been absolutely critical for the Lightning’s success. Johnson, an easy Conn Smythe favourite, leads the league in goals this post-season.

Of the 55 goals the Lightning have scored through three rounds, 28 have been delivered by these three players. The good news for the Blackhawks, is that if they take care of Tampa’s top line, they are faced with a much easier task down the depth chart. Expect Duncan Keith to maintain his vote as a fellow Conn Smythe hopeful, with a shutdown performance against the Lightning’s #1 line.