Konroyd's keys to Game 7

Konroyd's keys to Game 7
May 29, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Power play has been key to this series: The Blackhawks have scored four power play goals in three games this series and they have won every one of those matchups. The power play scores, and the best players are usually on the ice. This certainly gives a boost to their confidence and their play on the ice. Typically there are not a lot of penalties called in a Game 7 scenario, but should the Blackhawks get a power play, they have to gain that momentum.

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2. Go to the net, young man, go to the net: All eight goals the Blackhawks have scored in their last two games have come from the front of the net. Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, and Michael Frolik have all recorded goals that came from a 10-foot diameter in front of Jimmy Howard. That has to be the mindset in Game 7. Pay the price and pick up some loose change. Detroit’s coverage of late has been hit and miss in front of their goalie of late.

3. Relax, it’s only a Game 7: It’s so hard to calm yourself when you’re aware that a bad bounce or simple mistake can end up costing you a series. What you have to realize is you have to play like it’s just another game and the sooner you get into it, the better off you’re going to be. You don’t have to go end to end and score a goal to be effective. Get a hit, block a shot, make a good pass, win a face off; all those boring, thankless little things that go into any win are really what matter most. Do them well and do them consistently.