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Konroyd's Keys for Game 3: Time for the big dogs to step up

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Konroyd's Keys for Game 3: Time for the big dogs to step up

1. Time for the Big Dogs to come out and play. The Chicago Blackhawks did what they wanted to do when they opened the series down in Tampa Bay. They wanted to win one of those first 2 road games, and they did. They almost won both, which would have been lethal to the Lightning. What is amazing is that they have done this without anybody from the top 2 lines scoring a goal. These top 6 are not playing poorly, but we have not seen the explosive offense from these top dogs that was a constant in the 3 previous series. With head coach Joel Quenneville getting the last change, either Jonathan Toews of Patrick Kane will not have to deal with Viktor Hedman, who has been a beast on the back end for the Bolts. Let your best players be your best players, and then ride that wave of confidence.

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2. Who cares who starts – shots and bodies early. This Tampa team has come out in both games so far with impressive starts. They got pucks deep, got it back, and got some shots on net which created some positive momentum. The Hawks have to dictate play tonight by playing on their toes and using the energy 22,000 plus screaming fans as a huge advantage. The goals the Blackhawks have scored so far have all come with traffic around goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop looked a little uncomfortable this morning during the morning skate, so if he can’t go, get to the youngster Vasilevskiy as quickly as possible. Vasilevskiy looked good in relief of Bishop in the last game, but wasn’t tested enough and saw everything that he stopped.

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3. Keep it simple Trevor. As of this writing we still did not know whether Trevor van Riemsdyk will be in the lineup for the Hawks tonight. If I had to guess, it looks like he’ll be in. This will be tough for the 1st year NHL player who was injured in a game against Dallas in mid-November when he broke his patella. When rehabbing down in Rockford a few months ago he was dealt another setback when he broke his wrist in a game there. The advice for TVR: keep it short and simple. We know he has great patience with the puck –holding on to it until the last second to make that pass. That should help him tonight where the Lightning have done a great job of rushing the Blackhawks defense into bad passes. What a dream for the 23 year old where his first playoff game as a professional is in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.