Liam McHugh had some advice for the Chicago Blackhawks in-between the second and third period of the Pens/Habs game, what was his advice? Get Physical with Connor McDavid.
The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t stayed on Connor McDavid as much as they’d like. They also haven’t been a physical team with him. McDavid has had his way with the Blackhawks during the first two games of the series, something that has to stop tonight.
The NBC Sports crew, including Liam McHugh and Patrick Sharp, during the second intermission of the Penguins/Canadiens game, pointed out that McDavid hasn’t had much trouble scoring during the series. No one has gotten in his face, no one has made him feel uncomfortable. They talked about Sidney Crosby and how there’s always a glove in his face after the whistle, there’s always someone trying to get to him.
Patrick Sharp said that he is glad he is not out there trying to defense McDavid. McHugh suggested Chicago needs to get physical with him after the whistle and annoy him, something to mess with his game and make him uncomfortable.
I’m not suggesting that Chicago needs to get dirty, but they need to start getting physical with the Oilers. They were pushed around by the Oilers in Game 2, it’s time to get some payback and show them who the better team is.
If Chicago takes control of the game early, gets physical, and gets on the board, the series could turn in favor of the Blackhawks. This is the exact same strategy the Predators did in 2017 when they upset Chicago in 4 games.
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So, will they take Liam McHugh’s advice? Will the team get physical and try to annoy McDavid and make him uncomfortable? We’ll see… Puck Drop is soon, Let’s Go Hawks!