Western Conference Playoffs Round 2 vs Minnesota: Game 2

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You guys are soooo funny. Just wait like two more weeks, you’ll be complimenting me on my formidable playoff beard. I think it’s coming in fine.

I’ll accept the blame for what happened in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period of Game 1. I’ll admit I got a little over my skis, boasting about how the Blackhawks were “kicking Minnesota’s ass” and predicting that the Hawks were “on their way to winning at least the first two or three games of this series.” I should know better than that. The Wild are a good team and certainly capable of making their opponents pay for letting up.

That was definitely the case on Friday night. For some reason, the Blackhawks just haven’t been able to play a full 60 minute game yet in these playoffs. When they are attacking and grinding out board battles, they look like world beaters. But then they get passive at times. They sit back and rely too much on the goalie to block shots. This usually happens around the same time Michal Rozisval or Kimmo Timonen take a penalty in the defensive zone because they’re old and slow.

Despite the scare that Wild put into all of us, give the Blackhawks some credit. They looked dominant in the 1st period, Corey Crawford was on his game, and they tightened up defensively for the whole second half of Game 1. Brad Richards is starting to look like he might be worth keeping on another cheap deal. Teuvo Teravainen and his dragons hopefully learned a lesson about using that quick release of his. You never know when you’ll catch the goalie looking the other way.

I’d like to see the Blackhawks set the pace for the whole game tonight. The penalty kill could be better, too. But as long as they head to Minnesota up 2-0, we’ll take it. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!

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