Konroyd's three keys for Game 4

Konroyd's three keys for Game 4
April 19, 2012, 7:08 pm
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1: Win it for Hoss

Marian Hossa will not play tonight, and he might not play for a while. Raffi Torres won't play tonight and he might not play for a while. This is not an even trade-off and the Blackhawks should be mad. The kind of mad that raises your level of play, that says we aren't going to take this garbage. The kind of mad that guarantees you a win. They did it last year when Torres laid out Brent Seabrook.

2: Gotta win the boards

And I'm not talking basketball and rebounds here. I'm talking about hockey in the trenches. Those dirty, grimy areas along the walls where you know you're going to get hit, but you've got to come up with the puck. Phoenix won that battle last game.

3: Gotta win the boards (part 2)

Now I AM talking basketball. Rebounds were aplenty coming off of Mike Smith in Game 3. The only one they got to and put past him was Michael Frolik's. Phoenix does a great job boxing out because they have big D men, but it's all about will and paying the price, and that's what the Hawks need right now.