1. Survive the Bruins' surge: Boston did not play a very good game at TD Garden during Game 4. Their loss followed a seven-game win streak on home ice as they lost the series lead against Chicago. “Boston Strong” is a motto that has captivated this city and this team. They will not go down without a fight, and that fight starts with the drop of the puck. Keep your head up and legs moving, and get through a big push by the Bruins who will try to grab the momentum early.
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2. Continue the clean breakouts and speed through the neutral zone: Chicago has done an excellent job the last two games of breaking pucks out efficiently and making smart passes through the neutral ice area. This creates a lot of speed for the Blackhawks and backs off the Bruins defensemen, opening up the offensive zone for the Hawks to attack. A lot of goals have been scored off the rush, and that’s because Chicago has been attacking with speed. Tape to tape passes has been the key to breaking any Boston full-court press.
3. Keep forcing the Bruins captain: Zdeno Chara is a huge part of this Boston team, and he looks like a tired man. It would not surprise me to find out that he was not at 100% during this series. The Blackhawks have done a great job of putting pucks in his corner and forcing turnovers. He’s a master of breaking up plays, but has struggled with the puck himself. Speed has never been his strong suit, and the Blackhawks have been exposing that the last couple of games. The Blackhawks need to get on a 2-on-1 against him with a strong cycle out of the corners.