Game 1 couldn’t have gone any better. An inexperienced Tampa squad sat back and tried to protect a one gaol lead against the Blackhawks for the entire 3rd period. That type of passive play led to the Hawks’ comeback and exposed a lot of weaknesses in the Lightning’s game. The Hawks now have a chance to get greedy and bring home a 2-0 series lead on Monday and have the Lightning doubting themselves.
There have been lots of storylines over the past two days. My favorites:
1. Finnish Cold: The Emergence of Teuvo Teravainen
2. Tampa Bay’s attempts to keep Blackhawks fans out of their building. What a bunch of jagweeds. I’ll let this story speak for itself.
But my absolute favorite has been the debate over the Hall of Fame candidacy of Duncan Keith. Um, yes. Especially if he continues to play the way he did in Game 1 of this series and pretty much the entire playoffs. I don’t care if Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane score 10 goals apiece the rest of this series (although that would be awesome), Keith has been the Blackhawks’ best player in these playoffs. All he needs is three more wins to secure a Conn Smythe Trophy, to go along with his 3rd Stanley Cup and lots of other hardware he’s acculumlated over the last 10 years. The best part is at 31, he isn’t slowing down yet and can probably play at this level for a few more years. So yes, we’re watching Duncan Keith cement his Future Hall of Fame status.
I’m not entirely convinced that the reason Tampa Bay lost Game 1 was because they sat back and let the Blackhawks come at them in the 3rd period. The Lightning only scored one goal, and that one was pretty lucky. If the Hawks can play defense like they did Wednesday night and keep limiting Tampa’s chances, then the Hawks might to start figure things out on offense and run away with this thing.
That’s why I like Q’s attitude in treating Game 2 as a “must win.” Coming back home with a 2-0 series lead would be a huge advantage for the Blackhawks. Whatever you did on Wednesday, you should do it again tonight. Keep the mojo working. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!