The Blackhawks have won 67 games this season. 52 in the regular season, 15 in the playoffs, but none of them matter except #68.
Unless you've been living in a cave the last few days, the Hawks are one win away from clinching their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
So what is it going to take for the Hawks to hoist the Cup in front of those Philly fans?
Players will tell you that it's "just another game." Actually, they're right. Sure, the ultimate prize is sitting in a box in the back room, but how to beat the Flyers tonight shouldn't be a mystery.
Any way you slice it, the first ten minutes of this game will be key. There are two things I'd like to see the Hawks do to start the game.
The Flyers will come out desperate, and likely flying. While it could be tough to weather than storm, Philly could be accident prone. Overskating the puck, and trying to do too much is something Hawks fans have seen a lot from their own team in these playoffs. I'd like to see the Hawks score in the first ten minutes. The more defeated the Flyers feel, the less confidence they will have. Don't give them life, or their fans, any life.
Second, I'd like to see the Hawks control the puck. If Philly is sitting back and playing tight defense (which would be a good approach at this point) keep the puck, and lull the Wachovia Center fans to sleep. Get them restless, get them nervous.
It sounds tough...and it will be tougher than usual, but this is how the Blackhawks have won all season. When the Hawks are playing at their highest level, they are controlling the puck. Whether the Hawks are winning the cycle game deep in the Flyers zone, or they are playing keep away in their own or neutral zone, not having the puck makes it tough for the opponent to score.
I've said it time and time again...if the Hawks play their game, they will win the game. So again...hopefully for the last time this season...here we go: If the Hawks play their game, they will win the Cup.
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