Konroyd's keys: Game 2

Konroyd's keys: Game 2
June 15, 2013, 11:15 am
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Steve Konroyd

1. Take better care of the puck: The Blackhawks were credited with 18 giveaways in Game 1 of their series against the Bruins. In their previous two games against the LA Kings, Chicago had a combined total of nine giveaways, and one of those games went to double overtime. The biggest concern was the defensemen turning over the puck -- 10 of the 18 turnovers came from the back end. That’s where Boston thrives, and was also part of the reason they out chanced Chicago 17-12. Treat that puck like it’s a hundred dollar bill and don’t go giving it away.

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2. Better passing on the power play: The Hawks had some great chances to grab some momentum and score a goal or two on the power play in Game 1, but they came up empty. The passing has to be a lot better. Call it first-game jitters if you like, but you can’t be handling the puck like it’s a grenade, and that’s what Chicago did on all three power plays they squandered. Tape to tape passes where the player receiving it wants it: flat and served on a silver platter. Nothing wrecks a power play like a pass that’s end over end and ready to explode at any second. Make it crisp and get it flat on the ice.

3. Expect a physical push back by the big, bad Bruins: Game 1 was a very physical affair between these two teams and the Blackhawks held the upper hand. Early physical shifts by the third and fourth lines showed Boston that these Blackhawks were more than just speed and skill. Andrew Shaw, Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Bollig and Brent Seabrook all had great early hits to get their team and their fans into the game. It was a relatively quiet night for guys like Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara, and Brad Marchand. That should change tonight, and expect the Bruins to target players who were big factors in pulling out the win in the last game -- namely Shaw and Bolland.