1. Passing has to be better: Call it first-game jitters or nerves, but the passing by Chicago has to be better than it was in Game 1. Too many easy passes were flubbed by the home team. When the Hawks are making three or four passes in a row that are of the tape-to-tape variety, they become a quicker and more effective team. Better passes make for a better team.
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2. Attack with speed and find the late guy: On a number of occasions in Game 1, whether it was Viktor Stalberg or Patrick Kane, the Wild defensemen were forced to back off the blue line. This gives the attacking player the option of either button-hooking or moving laterally to find the late man, often an attacking defenseman. It’s important for the defense to join the rush on these occasions.
3. When goals are at a premium, power play goals are huge: Just look at all the games that have been played in the playoffs thus far. The team that has won or tied the power play matchup has won nine of the 10 games so far. Power play goals ignite the offense, and it did for the Blackhawks in Game 1. There aren’t going to be a lot of opportunities, so make it count when you get a chance.