Konroyd's three keys for Game 4

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Konroyd's three keys for Game 4

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.

Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey named Big Ten Player of the Week

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Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey named Big Ten Player of the Week

Scottie Lindsey's been tearing it up lately, and the Big Ten has taken notice.

The conference named Lindsey its Player of the Week on Monday, the junior guard and Fenwick High School product receiving that honor for the first time in his career.

Lindsey scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Northwestern's win over Rutgers last Thursday and added 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Sunday's win over Iowa.

Lindsey is the Wildcats' leading scorer this season with 15.8 points per game, good for seventh in the Big Ten. He also ranks fourth in the league with an 88.9-percent shooting clip from the free-throw line.

And how about this fun fact: Lindsey has scored in double figures in all 19 of the team's games this season, the longest streak by a Cat since John Shurna in 2011-12 and the longest streak by a Cat to start a season since Evan Eschmeyer in 1998-99.

Northwestern is 15-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference play after Sunday's 35-point blowout of Iowa.

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