Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks: 3 Takeaways from Game 4 against Golden Knights

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Special Teams Came Through

Special teams were a 50/50 split but came through when it was needed most. Chicago’s penalty kill came through again, and that comes back to, guess who, Corey Crawford. Your goalie is your most important penalty killer, and Crawford stood tall.

Despite not scoring with three chances on the power play, Chicago managed to kill off all three of Vegas’ chances with a man-advantage.

Vegas has yet to score a single power-play goal against Chicago. That seems improbable considering how good the Golden Knights are at getting shots on net, as well as collecting rebounds for follow-up attempts.

Yet, it’s true.

The importance of this can’t be understated. Chicago will need to sustain this kind of effort.

Vegas has shown themselves to be a team that will make their opponents pay if they’re given the chance.

Killing off the penalties is crucial. Additionally, Chicago needs to stay out of the box. Mercifully, the Golden Knights power play isn’t comparable to Edmonton’s, because this series would be over now if it was.

However, Vegas isn’t a team that can be dismissed when they are on the attack, with or without the man advantage.

Chicago needs to keep this kind of defensive focus intact if they think they’re going to have even the smallest chance in this series.

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Game 5 is Tuesday night, and Chicago will be back to try and force a sixth game for this series.