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Chicago Blackhawks Tie Stanley Cup Final At 2

By Keith Schultz
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The Chicago Blackhawks needed a win, and that is exactly what they got in Game #4. It wasn’t easy and it was especially nerve racking in the final minutes but when the final horn sounded the Chicago Blackhawks won and the Stanley Cup Final is tied 2-2.

The Good

Brandon Saad has been very good this series and when the Chicago Blackhawks need a huge goal he seems to be the player that comes up with the big goal.  He scored the go ahead goal that didn’t hold up in Game #3, and tonight he scored the Game winning goal on a great power move to the net.

Corey Crawford had the best game of this years Stanley Cup Final.  Crawford can make you nervous at times and at times he gives up some head scratching goals.  Tonight, Crawford was at his best and it was just what the doctor ordered for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game #4!

Jonathan Toews is usually in any good list, but coming into Game #4 he had only 1 assist in 3 games, but tonight he was the leader the Hawks needed, and guess who scored the first goal of the game it was the Captain! Jonathan Toews always seems to get better in a series the longer it gets and his will came through strong in Game #4 helping the Hawks win.

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-The will of the Toews/Kane era! The Hawks are now 41-14 in Game 4-7 during this great era in Chicago Blackhawks history.  They never are out of it and they find ways to win like the Championship team they are.

The NOT SO GOOD

Trevor van Riemsdyk didn’t see the ice much, and although everyone said he played pretty good in Game #3 I didn’t see it and he made two really poor plays that ended up in the back of the net behind Corey Crawford.  TVR played 6:27 which is probably what one would expect in this years Joel Quenneville big 4 defenseman season, but he wasn’t aggressive when he was in and indecisive with puck just like David Rundblad.  The last two defenseman are hurting the Hawks yet they got a victory.

Joel Quenneville‘s Lines- With the Tampa Bay Lightning starting a back up goalie, Coach Q decided to change his line which caused a pretty ineffective offense push in the first period when the Hawks need cohesiveness and pucks on the net.  Andrew Shaw should never be on the same line with Patrick Kane yet there that combo was in the first period.  Also with the team needing offense Teuvo Teravainen was buried on the bench and playing with Marcus Kruger.  The Hawks won despite of Coach Q’s lineup.

THE LAST WORD

The Hawks won and tied up the series!! It wasn’t pretty but it sure was effective!!!  Mission Accomplished!

What’s your take away from Game #4?

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