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Tag Archives: Game 4
By Brad Vandenberk
It’s time to put up or shut up for Game 4 in LA. The Hawks now see themselves in the midst of a 2-game losing streak in this Western Conference Final. The good news is it wasn’t that long ago that the Hawks lost both games in Minnesota the previous series. Now the difference being a loss tonight in LA could spell doom for this dynastic Hawks squad.
There are a few observations from the last 2 losses that we can dissect. First of all paging Corey Crawford, Mr. Crawford, you’re needed between the pipes. Yes, the Hawks net minder has played some outstanding games, but it seems like he has dropped off a little bit in this series. Let’s not forget the third period meltdown that occurred at the end of Game 2. Normally Crow bounces back from a bad performance, but Saturday night’s contest didn’t fare well either for the visiting tender. Read more
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks were unable to hand Minnesota its first home loss of the postseason Friday night. The Wild evened up the Western Conference second-round series with the Blackhawks, stifling Chicago shooters and taking Game 4 by a score of 4-2.
First Period-Both teams set a fast pace to start the contest, though most of the early action was in the Wild zone. Duncan Keith caught Minnesota napping on a line change an carried the puck toward Ilya Bryzgalov in the fifth minute until Mikko Koivu hustled over to prevent a point-blank shot on goal.
The Wild drew first blood in the eighth minute after Matt Cooke swiped the puck from Michal Rozsival. Justin Fontaine waited out Corey Crawford from the right circle and beat the Hawks goalie high to give Minnesota a 1-0 advantage 7:24 into the opening period. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After an absolute stellar performance from Corey Crawford on Monday night at the UC, it was time to bottle up that momentum and save it for a pivotal Game 4 also hosted by the Blackhawks. Crow made 34 saves to record his 2nd career playoff shutout in front of 22,000 strong. The absence of suspended defensemen Brent Seabrook was barely even noticeable.
The Hawks found a way to win on the backs of their strong defense, fearless power play and tremendous net minding. Now breathe with me. There is still a lot of hill left to climb in this series and most of it to be done without #7. Read more
By Brad Gardner
Entering the game trailing the Bruins 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series, the Chicago Blackhawks were desperate for a win on Wednesday night in Boston. The ‘Hawks offense woke up, but the Bruins would not let Game 4 go quietly.
The Bruins tied the game twice in the third period to force yet another overtime session. Brent Seabrook scored the decisive goal in overtime, his second overtime goal of the playoffs, to give the visiting team a 6-5 win. Read more
By Chris Block
On Tuesday night, PuckChatter~Radio returned to review the initial three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, illuminate the issues ailing the Blackhawks as well as try to make sense of some of the decisions and moves coach Joel Quenneville has been making behind the bench so far in facing the Boston Bruins
I’ve got to tell you… I turned flat out exhausted and needed an intermission, and an ice pack after my attempt to do the latter.
We also previewed tonight’s Game 4 in Beantown, discussed Bryan Bickell’s status in the current series and what Zdeno Chara could possibly have been thinking?; Brandon Bollig‘s play, the trouble with Viktor Stalberg; the thing about momentum… How Dave Bolland has played more minutes than Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane at times in this series? Our take, and the irony of it, on the Marian Hossa – Ben Smith warmup saga of Game 3; why folks need to stop excusing, or making excuses for captain Jonathan Toews and much, much more.
Also, bathroom exits and trouble with the auto mechanic… all on edition number 130 of Puck Chatter.
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By Brad Vandenberk
Game 4 of the Western Conference gifted us with nothing but story lines before the puck was even dropped. Duncan Keith was assessed a 1-game suspension for an uncontrolled high stick to the face of Jeff Carter in game 3. Keith received a four minute minor during the game, but the league wanted more and suspending the Hawks D man. Carter received 22 stitches in his mouth and chipped a few pearly whites.
Mike Richards did not dress once again for the Kings missing his 3rd straight. But with Keith out, the Kings were looking poised to get the win to tie the series.
Sheldon Brookbank was inserted into the lineup to take Keith’s “spot”. Read more