Scotty Bowman, the Blackhawks senior advisor of hockey operations, said he thought the Blackhawks “dodged a few bullets” during October.
They won a few games they shouldn’t have or earned two points thanks to the shootout.
That will always catch up with a team (the same can be said when you’re losing.) And it came to fruition against the Canucks and Blues.
Captain Jonathan Toews called it “laziness”; Head Coach Joel Quenneville termed it “compete level”. Use whatever word or words you want, the commitment needs to be better, up and down the lineup.
Along with the glory of winning a Stanley Cup comes heightened expectations, individually and collectively. We’ve all seen how hard the core players of this team can play.
Hopefully, we start to see that again Thursday in Columbus.