The Stanley Cup Finals are now a best of three and you have to like that two of three remaining games are at the Madhouse. Tonight, the fans at the Madhouse will definitely provide an extra boost to the boyz in the Indian Crest who are back home with some momentum. They not only won in dramatic fashion providing their fan base with numerous ups and downs Wednesday night in Game 4, but the Hawks could have won by a couple of goals had Crow played better.
Game 4 showed the Hawks what they need to do to beat Boston: skate hard, forecheck, backcheck, send bodies to the front of the net and everyone must play big! I expect the Blackhawks to come out tonight as they did in Games 1 and 4 using their speed to open the ice and once in the Bruin zone the d-men pitch in at the opportune time. Crow will need to tighten up his glove side and has consistently rebounded all year long after bad games. I expect him to do the same tonight. Lastly, the boys in the red jersey will need to stay out of the sin bin has Blackhawk penalties kept Boston in Game 4. The success of the PK has allowed the Hawks to get away with that plenty of times this season, but both of Boston’s powerplay goals changed the complexion of the game.
If the Mighty can replicate the essence of their Game 4 performance, stay out of the sin bin and Crawford can tighten it up, the beloved will be 1 victory from hoisting their second Stanley Cup in four years.
Did you know?
- In the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Mighty are 7-0 in games 5, 6 and 7’s.
- The Blackhawk PK must improve as the Bruins are 4/13 on the power play.
- Chara was on the ice for five of the Blackhawks goals in Game 4.
- Sharpie’s powerplay goal was the Blackhawks first conversion in their last 24 opportunities on the man advantage.
- Q has assured Leddy that he will see more ice time tonight.
Tonight's expected Hawks lineup:
Bicks Tazer Kaner
Sharpie Bolland Big Hoss
Saad Shaw Stalberg
Zus Krugs Frolik
Lets go BLACKHAWKS! BRING US THE CUP!