Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) skate together with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#1: Kane And Toews Have Yet To Show Up
Give the Lightning credit: one thing they have done to perfection in the past three games, is shut down Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The Bolts’ two biggest threats have been nearly non-existent so far, combining for only one assist, and ten shots on goal in three games.
No matter if they’re on the same line in Game One, or apart for games Two and Three, Kane and Toews have yet to make a statistical impact on this series.
The Blackhawks have a feeling that’s going to change.
Like the rest of the ‘Hawks, Kane and Toews save their best hockey for the later part of a series.
What’s transpired over the past three games is a nearly-perfect carbon copy of what happened to the Blackhawks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, where Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins’ defense did a text-book job of taking care of 19 and 88, until the two were combined on the first line, and powered the Blackhawks’ offense to three straight wins, and the Stanley Cup.
With the Blackhawks losing two very close games, almost without their two star players, fans should have a good feeling about the ‘Hawks, once Kane and Toews finally snap out of their funk.
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