Well, I'm sure we've all heard by now about Keith getting suspended for whacking Carter in the face. The portrayal that Carter just whacked his hand a little bit is bullshit, but this was a wild swing by Keith and could have done far more damage then it did, which wasn't just a scrape. It sucks to lose him for this game, but I think he's kind of lucky. Douchebaggery abounds in the playoffs and you have to be able to deal with it. Game two was a bad game by the Hawks across the board, at least until the third period. The Hawks were blocked from doing what they wanted to do and the Kings were completely able to play the game they are good at winning. There is no mystery for what the Hawks need to do tonight to win this game. The forwards have got to be better defensively on the forecheck and backcheck, and they must come down and help with break outs. Out defend a team that lives on defense and you will win.
This will likely mean Brookbank is back in and from the get go this year, I never thought he fit in the way Oduya has or even Rozsival. I appreciate that Bowman was trying to bring in an element that many bitched about the Hawks lacking, but the reality is that this team is built to be fast. Nobody likes stick waving Euro's back on the D, but unless a hulking D can get the puck up the ice quickly, a big hit down low in the defensive zone probably isn't going to help very much. As we've seen with Handzus, when you spend a lot of effort isolating a guy like Kane, you leave a guy like Handzus open and we see what he's done with some of his opportunities.
It took a long time for this team to show some resiliency against the Wings, but they did eventually find it. This series could easily go six or seven games and do so without the Hawks really ever playing a truly shitty game.I don't always side with the crowd, but I do expect a better game tonight and expect that other players will step up knowing that Keith is out. It sure would be nice to come home 3-1 instead of 2-2 and it's absolutely achievable.
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