2. Possession was the Blackhawks best friend
The Blackhawks constantly had the puck tonight. After giving up a bad goal on the penalty kill the Blackhawks really hunkered down to score four straight goals. Throughout all of that time, the team constantly had the puck and disrupted any type of push the Oilers had when they were on the rush.
I felt like I was watching the old Blackhawks for a while. A Blackhawks’ team that relied on beating an opponent solely by having the puck more and getting more shots on net, and tonight it worked.
The Blackhawks registered 42 shots on goal tonight, compared to Edmonton’s 29. They also managed to do a better job at keeping the puck once they got it. Edmonton had 17 giveaways tonight. Which means the team was always applying pressure and working to get things going in the right direction for the ‘Hawks. The Blackhawks only had 8 giveaways which really shows how different we are talking here.
It felt like most of the game was spent in the Blackhawks offensive zone, and there is no better way to begin a series than that. However although there were a lot of things to enjoy from this game, there were also a few things that need to be improved.