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Chicago Blackhawks

Hawks quick hits

What worked

• Offense, defense

After a woeful 30-plus minutes to start the game, the Hawks responded with energy. Brent Seabrook and Michal Rozsival scored back-to-back goals from the blue line by throwing the puck at the net. Each time, the puck changed direction and beat Blues goaltender Ryan Miller.

• Good blocks

The Hawks sacrificed their bodies to help out goaltender Corey Crawford, and the strategy brought them within 6.4 seconds of a Game 2 victory. Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked six shots to lead the team, while Duncan Keith added five blocked shots. Overall, the Hawks blocked 18 of the Blues’ shot attempts.

• Penalty kill

A late game-tying goal spoiled everything, but give credit to the Hawks’ penalty-killing unit for blanking the Blues for almost six full minutes. Bryan Bickell headed to the penalty box with 6:05 remaining in regulation, and Brent Seabrook guaranteed a shorthanded finish by drawing a major with 4:51 to go.

What didn’t work

• Flat start

The Hawks were terrible to start the game as they squandered scoring opportunities and bumped into each other in the open ice. One collision between Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith set up a breakaway opportunity for Blues forward Steve Ott, but Corey Crawford made the save.

• No power

The Hawks’ power play went 0 for 4 to continue a woeful start to the series. The team’s struggles certainly have nothing to do with a lack of talent, as playmakers such as Sharp, Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane all received significant ice time on the man advantage.

• Final seconds

The Hawks allowed goals in the final 10 seconds of both the first and third periods. Defenseman Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were on the ice late in the first, while Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were on the ice late in the third. 

Stars of the game

• Brandon Saad

In a game in which almost everyone on the Hawks did something wrong, Saad played well from start to finish. He finished with two assists and a plus-1 rating.

• Michal Rozsival

Rozsival takes a lot of heat from some Hawks fans because he is so slow-footed, but he scored the Hawks’ go-ahead goal in the third period and helped to kill penalties.

• Marian Hossa

Granted, Hossa did not find the scoresheet, but he led the Hawks with eight shots and made it nearly impossible for the Blues to knock him off of the puck.

Tweet, tweet

@Edzo16 – Eddie Olczyk

No better fan base than the Madhouse on Madison. That’s why you play a 7 Game series. Stand up Chicago.

What they’re saying

“We just didn’t get some bounces today. It felt like we made some good plays on the penalty kill, … some great plays, actually. A couple of big blocks.”

– Corey Crawford

on the Hawks’ 4-3 overtime loss

“My heart’s still kicking. It’s not broken, that’s for sure. It’s just frustrating. ... [It’s] the second game in a row we had the lead with a minute, two minutes to go, and you can’t close it out. That’s what’s really frustrating.

Duncan Keith on whether the loss was heartbreaking

“We’re a resilient group. We like our team and I think it’s been a pretty tight series. … I think anything can happen. Still up for grabs.”

Brent Seabrook on bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit

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