Chicago is a team with a mix of high skill, youth, and hard-working players. They’re most known for the dazzling hands of Patrick Kane and the professionalism of Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, but it’s the work rate from players like Matthew Highmore, Brendan Saad, Olli Maatta and others that helped them win the series against the Oilers.
Chicago won the series in four games while outscoring the Oilers by just one goal, 16-15. The 1st period accounted for 14 of the 31 total goals including a whopping nine from the Hawks.
I went back and watched every goal scored in the Blackhawks’ series against the Oilers to try and get a feel for how they scored their goals and what went wrong when they allowed them. Here’s what I found.
How Chicago scored
- They liked to play the puck out to the point and set up multiple players in front of the goal to tip. The tips usually came from right around the edge of the faceoff circle and rarely did the Oilers have a defenseman covering the tipper.
- Chicago’s forecheck was strong along the walls creating turnovers and opening up extra offensive chances. After forcing the turnover, Chicago looked immediately to make the decisive pass to set up the goal.
- They took advantage of many defensive lapses from the Oilers, especially puck watching. They caught Edmonton with passes to wide-open players for one-timer goals on multiple occasions in the series.
How Chicago conceded