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The Chicago Blackhawks Were The More Desperate Team

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“Just losing in overtime, that stings a lot, knowing we could have had it so many times,” said defenseman Drew Doughty, who was superb in playing a game-high 39:04 and probably got his longest rest when he spent 43 seconds in the penalty box before Chicago scored its first goal.

“We had the lead going into the third, which you can't ask for much more than that. And to give up a goal like that, kind of early in the third is kind of a dagger. We had opportunities to win. We just didn't do the job.”

The Blackhawks, 8-1 at home during the playoffs, were boosted by a four-assist game from Patrick Kane and a forceful performance by Saad as they prolonged their reign for at least one more game. Coach Joel Quenneville, perhaps borrowing a page from the Kings' playoff-rally playbook, reconfigured his lines to get more balance and got a dynamo in the trio of Saad, Andrew Shaw and Kane. Quenneville also emphasized the need to play the right way, to not open it up late in the game and allow the Kings to knife through their defense as happened in Games 2 and 3.

“We had more of a purpose,” Quenneville said.

When that purpose is extending your season, it's a powerful motivator.


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pautna's avatar

Ha ha!! They just got the ‘bounces’, that’s all! wink

Posted by pautna on 05/29/14 at 10:28 AM ET

DocF's avatar

I think the Hawks skaters outplayed the opponents.  Neither goalie was impressive, for sure.  Crawford has looked shaky and off his game throughout this series.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 05/29/14 at 11:07 AM ET

awould's avatar

The Hawks have been destroyed in LA. They eek one out in double OT at home. I wouldn’t be optimistic if I were a Hawks fan.

Posted by awould on 05/29/14 at 11:14 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

If desperation will buy you a 5-attempt advantage over 157, then hey it works.

Personally, they probably should have been using that desperation while they were flatlining for 30 minutes in the middle of the game.  Or maybe that was the time when Los Angeles was simply more desperate and the Hawks weren’t able to find their desperation again until late?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/29/14 at 11:43 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Ha ha!! They just got the ‘bounces’, that’s all!

No, the puck hit a patch of ice. lol

Posted by bigfrog on 05/29/14 at 04:14 PM ET

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