After a disappointing game three where the Blackhawks couldn’t muddle up much in the offensive zone, they now find themselves down 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Hawks will come out flying and put everything they have into game 4. If Chicago is able to get back into this series and eventually win the Stanley Cup who would take home the Conn Smythe Trophy? Maybe Corey Crawford who has been solid throughout the entire post season, or maybe Marian Hossa who has been so explosive. And then their’s Patrick Kane who has been efficient for the Hawks through the last couple series.
Corey Crawford has played in 20 games and owns a 1.76 goals against average and an impressive save percentage of .936%. Crawford has been solid for the Hawks and continues to fight for every save in every situation. Crawford may be my favorite right now for the Hawks, but he’s going to have to really earn the Conn Smythe for the remainder of the series.
Marian Hossa was scratched from game three and Chicago was missing a very important piece to their team. Hossa has been lights out for the Hawks putting up 15 points thus far. Hossa is Chicago’s most dangerous weapon, and if he isn’t able to get back into the line up, Chicago is going to need someone to step up. No one was able to do it in game three which leads me to believe that Hossa may be Chicago’s most valuable player.
It took Patrick Kane 7 games before he netted his first goal of the playoffs, but since, Kane has been on fire. Kane has a total of 6 goals and 9 assists so far. He has been a good player for the Hawks, and once he got out of his slump he’s been great. Kane is a great offensive weapon and needs to continue playing the way Chicago fans expect him to play, especially if Hossa isn’t able to come back for game 4.
Chicago is down 2-1 and have to win game four to keep Boston from putting a strangle hold on them. They were able to bounce back from being down 3-1 to Detroit, but Boston is a different story. If Chicago is able to win the series and claim another Stanley Cup, who will win the Conn Smythe?