The Hawks are one win away from capturing their second Stanley Cup since 2010, so there will be comparisons made between the two championship teams.
In 2010 the Hawks had a squad that would wear most opponents out by the middle of the game and then their offense would take charge. That group steamrolled teams into submission. In 2013 the Blackhawks win with a defense first style and they are more surgical-like in the manner they shut down an opponent. This year the Hawks still have strong offense in place but their team defense is very impressive, as the Bruins are realizing.
The current group isn’t as physical but they don’t wilt. No matter if the Blackhawks come away with the grand prize this time or not, the talk about not being tough enough should stop. As soon as the Chicago forwards put forth a more determined effort to get to the net, goals came more frequently. The Hawks have put pretty plays into the back of the closet and now are making life much more difficult on goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Joel Quenneville has made remarks throughout the playoffs about a balanced attack. Although Patrick Kane was the hero of Game 5 by potting two goals, all four lines played well and contributed to the outcome. The Hawks attacked in five man units, they were not relying on individual effort or long outlet passes to start rushes down the ice. Kane had success by going hard to the net and then using his elite skill to score. If Kane doesn’t put forth the extra effort to get to the Bruins goal, neither scoring play happens.
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