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Chicago Blackhawks: It's Absolutely Key That They Stay Aggressive at Home

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 16:  Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 16, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2010

The Hawks have had some unbelievable success on the road this postseason, winning a postseason record seven straight road games.

In sharp contrast the Hawks are an even .500 at home this postseason, and with a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Sharks, the Hawks must play the same type of game as at home as they do away from home.

The series heads back to Chicago Friday and Sunday, and with a win in at least one of those games, the Hawks will have set them up nicely to put it away back in San Jose.

But two wins would mean a series sweep and a huge moral boost heading into the Stanley Cup finals.

 

Dave Bolland
Bolland has done a terrific job keeping the pressure on the Sharks' top line

Ok, I am getting a little ahead of myself, probably due to my excitement to be seeing my Hawks playing so well on the big stage. Nobody should count out the Sharks just yet, but their stars' lack of production is killing them. Kudos to the Hawks' top line to stopping the Sharks' top line.

 

Joe Thornton has a pitiful +/- of -10. When you see a top player like Thornton have such a dismal +/- ratting of -10, it's not surprising the Sharks find themselves in a hole, losing both games at home.

Thornton's troubles have been created by Hawks forward, Dave Bolland.

Bolland has done a terrific job keeping the top line, especially Thornton, in check and out of the back of the net.

On the road the Hawks have played their best hockey, but when they come home that seems to change.

Why?

I think the Hawks stray away from the simple game play they show us on the road. They feel as if, since they're in Chicago and in front of 20,000 fans, they need to impress the fans, show them something spectacular when all the fans really want is a win from the home team.

If there is any pressure, it's all on the Sharks. They are the ones with their backs to wall, fighting for some breathing room. Going down 3-0 to a great team almost always smells doom at a professional level.

Expect a hard fought game three for the Sharks. They are playing for their life right now, and anything short of 110 percent effort will not be enough to get back into this series.

As for the Hawks, if they can keep it simple, like they show on the road, they can easily get the series sweep.

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