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Hawks Defensive Errors Allow Philly to Tie Series 2-2

Every team is allowed a bad game, right? As a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, Friday night’s game hurt to watch.  A few Philadelphia Flyers penalties that were overlooked by officials along with many Hawks mistakes makes for a bad break. I guess it’s just the nature of the beast. Some of the blame is being placed on Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson for turning the puck over at crucial moments and on one such instance giving Flyers Mike Richards an opportunity to score. Later in the game Hawks Dustin Byfuglien didn’t clear the puck fast enough and allowed another Philly goal.

However, playing the blame game won’t give Chicago a chance to re-play game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s over. Done. Finito. Time to focus on game 5 and make a decision to play with the skill, dedication and discipline that got them here. The Hawks are a team of superior talent and maybe they have forgotten that. I’m sure facing  Chris Pronger every game has not helped.  He’s tall, tough and admittedly talented all at once. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville may make a few line changes to refresh the attitude and the momentum of the series. A pro of that would be if Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien are separated it will be impossible for Pronger to have access to his three favorite targets simultaneously.

I hope the Hawks have gotten the wake up call they need and realize the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup does not come around every day. Hawks fans, waver not!  Continue to stand strong and show your pride!

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