Does history always repeat itself? I guess we will find out in tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. With Game 3 at the United Center on Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning stormed into the Madhouse and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. As the Lightning lead the series 2-1, are the Blackhawks in trouble? Will Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane finally find the back of the net in Game 4? If history has a way of repeating itself, let’s hope so.
A Look at History
We have the numbers to back up the Blackhawks and their improvement as series advance. If you ask Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times, looking back the Hawks have a record of 30-30 in Games 1-3 playoff series under Coach Q. However, in Games 4-7, their record significantly improves to 40-14—now that is quite the difference, don’t you think?
And, if you take a look at our playoff run when we won the Stanley Cup in 2013, the Blackhawks won three straight games in the second round against the Detroit Red Wings after falling behind 3-1 in the series. Moving into the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, the Hawks found themselves at a 2-1 deficit, but fought back in Game 4 to win the next 3 games and hoist the Stanley Cup.
In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks won three in a row against the Nashville Predators after dropping two out of the first three games. As you know, the Hawks went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. Then there is the current playoff run. The Hawks were down 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks after losing at home. The Blackhawks quickly pulled through and won against the Ducks in Game 7.
Obviously you can’t place all of your hopes on history because sometimes it doesn’t repeat itself, but we have our fingers crossed this time. With the Blackhawks’ playoff experience, we’re hoping it pays off because the Hawks tend to boast confidence when their backs are against a wall.
Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final
So, what is it that we need to see in tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final? We need to see more from the Blackhawks’ stars. As Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters, “We’re going to need our top guys to be productive. Like we always say, we don’t care who scores for our team. But they usually lead the charge.”
The Blackhawks need to take advantage of the Lightning’s limitations—especially an ailing Ben Bishop. By pushing the Lightning to their limits, there is hope that our Chicago Blackhawks can persevere and rally together in victory in tonight’s Game 4.
Cheer on our Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at 7:00 P.M. CST at the United Center!