Konroyd's keys to Game 5

Konroyd's keys to Game 5
May 25, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Power play has to be a difference maker: Let’s face it, the Blackhawks' power play has not been very good in the postseason. In fact, in the last game at Detroit, it gave the Red Wings momentum. That can’t happen any more. When your power play turns into a buzz kill, things have to change. One shot in six minutes when having a man advantage means you’re not doing your job. You don’t have to score, but make Jimmy Howard stand on his head and gain some energy for you and the United Center crowd. With six former All-Stars spread out over the two units, you have to have some more success.

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2. Discipline needs to be better: Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell took some needless penalties in Game 3. In Game 4 it was Jonathan Toews' turn. Three consecutive penalties in the second period killed the flow of the game, and some momentum that Chicago had over the first 24 minutes of this contest. Discipline means playing hard and playing smart. Play with an edge, but if they want to engage after a whistle, turn and skate away. The time to prove your toughness is during the play, not when the play stops.

3. Stars have to shine: When you look at the results of playoff hockey games, nine times out of 10 if your best players play better than their best players, you win the game. That has been the script in this series so far. Patrick Kane has scored two goals in this series. Not bad over four games so far. Marian Hossa scored on a power play in Game 1, and Patrick Sharp scored and empty netter in Game 1. Jonathan Toews has yet to score in this series or the post season. No better time to stop this trend than tonight. Get the stars into it and get the fans into it.