2013 Stanley Cup Final: Keys to Chicago Blackhawks Regaining Home-Ice Advantage

June 18th, 2013 by David Bessin Leave a reply »

After being blanked 2-0 by the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves down 2-1 heading into their next game in Boston.

Only one team has come back in the finals when down 3-1, and that was the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942. With that history in mind, Game 4 is a must-win for Chicago.

In order to even the series and regain home-ice advantage, here are three things that the Blackhawks need to address by their next faceoff.


Marian Hossa Needs to Play

17 shots, five hits and a steady defensive presence during his first two games in the final round. To say that Marian Hossa is a playmaker would be an understatement.

He was scratched after pregame warm-ups in Game 3 and Chicago missed him dearly. With one offensive catalyst out of the way, the Bruins put the clamps on Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. They had very few, if any, scoring opportunities, which is a continuing trend in this playoff series.

Having Hossa on the ice gives Boston a big body to worry about and eases the already-high pressure on Kane and Toews to produce of ...

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