| CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
|| PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1. Special treatment:
The Blackhawks are leading the series despite being outscored, 4-0, on the power play. They are 0-for-6 with the man-advantage after not
"The power play has been a little slow," Patrick Kane said. "We want to get moving around and obviously moving our feet and moving the puck, too, because that's how all the chances come. If we can get shots from the point and create off that that's a good thing. But I think sometimes when you're playing the game you're worried about getting power plays, especially with the things have been going for us, that sometimes you don't bear down when you do get them. "
1. Hang on, we're coming:
The Philadelphia Flyers get better as games drag on because of the conditioning base instilled by coach Peter Laviolette upon his
"I mean, we seem to go up and down the ice, and as games wear on," Laviolette said "I thought that was in the Montreal series as well. It seemed the longer the game went, the better we were. We still had a lot of jam and a lot of speed to our game."
|2. Time to engage Mr. Byfuglien:
After being a dominating player against Vancouver and San Jose, Hawks left wing Dustin Byfuglien has been a non-factor in the
"One of the things with Buff is we try to tell him to just play the game, don't worry about one specific guy that you have to engage with because then I think it gets you off your game a bit," Kane said. "You have to play calm, play your game and not worry about who you're playing against. Pronger is a big guy and I think he likes to save his energy out there, so if we can make him work harder in his own zone than it's good for us."
|2. Stay the course:
There's some concern that Philadelphia's top line isn't scoring and that Philadelphia can't win the series if it remains ice cold. In Game 3,
"You're talking about really three of our top goal scorers on the team," Laviolette said. "Those three guys are capable of putting the puck in the net. Their opportunities are there. Their chances are there. And I think what I look for anyway in a line is: are they getting looks? Are they getting opportunities? And they are."
|3. Defend your turf:
All four of Philadelphia's goals in Game 3 came from either the high or low slot. Chicago has to be better in front of its own net to give
"In the first game, too, they were able to score a couple of goals with loose pucks that we couldn't find," Hawks left wing Troy Brouwer told NHL.com. "We have to do a better job of identifying those loose pucks and clearing those pucks out of the front of the net so they don't have second and third opportunities."
|3. Depth charge:
In order to win this series, Philadelphia will need scoring contributions throughout its lineup. So far, that has happened with Arron
"You can't rely just on one line," second-liner Danny Briere said. "You need depth. The best teams that go deep into the Playoffs usually have depth. And we can see right now two teams that are dangerous throughout their lineup. There's not a big difference between your top line and your fourth line."
|4. Win the third:
Luckily for the Hawks, the score is not all that indicative of how badly the Flyers have dominated the third periods in the last two
"It's just mentally, being prepared to play and sticking to our game plan," center John Madden said. "We didn't do anything we wanted to do in the third period (Wednesday) and that's why they were able to control the game. We have to be better in a lot of areas. That's the biggest difference."
|4. Body of work:
Philadelphia has found most of its success when it gets into the attacking zone on the forecheck and bangs on the Chicago D as it
"It started in Game 1, every hit counts," Hartnell said. "You bang bodies and you make it hard on them. Hopefully it's wear-and-tear on their bodies."
|5. Remember who leads:
Most of the questions posed to the Hawks since Giroux scored 5:59 into overtime Wednesday have had a slightly negative
"You can definitely feel a different feeling in the locker room today than after the first two wins, but that's expected," Chicago center Patrick Sharp said. "We just want to make sure we're on the other side of it tomorrow. We're in a great spot. I think we have played OK this series, but there is definitely room for improvements."
|5. Isn't that special:
Philadelphia has clearly won the special-teams battle so far, scoring 4 power-play goals, while not allowing any in six attempts. Plus, they
"In the playoffs especially, special teams are always a huge factor," Richards said. "I thought our power play has created a lot of momentum. We got the goal (in Game 3) on it. Our penalty kill has been outstanding. We've been putting a lot of pressure and we build momentum off of that, too."