The Morning After
- Woah!! What a game! What a turnaround! What a change of pace! What the hell happened last night? The Bruins and Blackhawks must have been watching the NBA Finals on Tuesday thinking, “Crap! Lebron James’ headband just got more shine than the entire Stanley Cup Finals! How the F- are we going to top this!” Well for a non-elimination game, the Hawks and Bruins provided as much excitement and intensity as any fan could hope for. Just think about this, in games one through three, 12 total goals were scored. Last night there were 11!! Is this the pace we can expect for the rest of the series? If so, strap yourselves in, its gonna be a wild ride.
- With their offensive breakout last night, the Blackhawks got off the snide in a number of ways. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp all scored their first goals of the Finals. It was the first playoff game that Kane and Toews both scored in since 2010. Sharp’s goal came on the power play which was the first power play goal the Blackhawks have scored in this series.
- Sharp’s power play goal was eerily similar to Bergeron’s goal with the man advantage in game three. Both came in the moments after a 5 on 3 became a 5 on 4 but before the additional defender could get into the defensive zone.
- While in game interviews with the coach do not usually offer much insight, Pierre McGuire’s talk with Blackhawk’s coach Joel Quenneville in the second period foreshadowed the madness to come. Quenneville told McGuire that his team needs to focus on quick defensive zone breakouts in order to create offensive opportunities. The Blackhawks echoed their coaches comments moments later. With the Bruins forwards all pressing down low with about five minutes left in the second frame, the Blackhawks found themselves pinned on defense. The tables quickly turned when Dave Bolland was able to bounce a beautiful pass off the boards to a streaking Marcus Kruger. Kruger gathered the puck just as he crossed his own blue line and the break was on. Bolland’s pass from deep in his own defensive zone led to the 2 on 1 with Kruger and Frolik that resulted in Chicago’s fourth goal. It was a prime example of how a quick breakout can lead to instant offensive at the other end and it was a play that perfectly reflects the pace last night’s frantic battle.
- Not everybody was enthralled by the action in last nights game.
Around The League:
- The Florida Panthers traded center prospect Corban Knight for a 4th round pick in this year’s draft.
- In other draft news, Joe Sakic has been quoted as saying the Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones with the number one pick in the draft.
- LA Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier would like to be a starter, and could be traded this offseason.
- If you want to read more about last night check out this Blackhawk’s recap.