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Hossa: ‘Hawks have to use ‘quickness’ against physical Kings

May 31, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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At times, the Chicago Blackhawks had a tough time cracking the Detroit defense in their seven-game Western Conference semifinals series.

And ‘Hawks forward Marian Hossa knows his team hasn’t seen anything yet.

“You thought maybe there was little room against the Red Wings, against the Kings there’s going to be a little less,” said Hossa, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“They play a physical game. We play a quick game, and we know how we can beat them. We just have to use our quickness.”

Chicago boasted the NHL’s second-best offense during the regular season, averaging 3.1 goals per game. With Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith, there’s no shortage of creativity on the roster.

But San Jose had offensive talent, too, and the Kings — with their hard-checking style, not to mention the brilliant goaltending of Jonathan Quick — limited the Sharks to just 10 goals in seven games.

Of course, the ‘Hawks don’t plan on being the only ones getting hit out there.

“We expect a hard forecheck and hard game against us,” said coach Joel Quenneville. “We want to do what we can physically as well.”

  1. polegojim - May 31, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Won’t be near the series VS Detroit…

    You’ll see Kane emerge… Kings are big hitters… but slow.

    Go HAWKS!

    • fpstratton - May 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      However, I think the Hawks used their physicality and guile to beat the Red Wings, so they can mix it up, too. Chicago’s best play wins this series, I agree (they have been the best team in the NHL since January), but don’t underestimate the Kings’ savvy. When they are playing their game, they are awfully tough to beat. Chicago in 7.

    • brewer1994 - May 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Keep in mind the Kings beat the Hawks 2 out of 3 games in the regular season, they aren’t that slow!!

      • adambballn - May 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Wrong. The Hawks won 2 out of 3 and averaged 4 goals a game against Quick.

      • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        adambalin thanks for correcting brewer1994 on season record with kings. I think some people should just keep their traps shut if they don’t know what their saying!

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      On the contrary, I think this will be Chicago’s toughest match-up. IMO, it all comes down to the Hawks’ stars. If they’re firing on all cylinders LA can’t match the fire power. But if the top guys still can’t step it up, we’re in for quite a grind. Quick is inhuman at times and can steal a game or 2. Should be a great, tough series.

      • polegojim - May 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Um… how do you get tougher than game 7… overtime… unless you think the Hawks will lose this series???

      • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Hawks can certainly win the series, but if you think Detroit was a better team than LA, you haven’t been watching the other WC games. Chicago could’ve beaten the wings in 4 or 5 if the Hawks had flipped the switch, so to speak, before game 5. LA is just a better team top to bottom. Yes, Detroit knocked out the Ducks, but Anaheim wasn’t playing at the level they started the season at. Just saying it’ll be a real tough and real exciting series.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    The Hawks can match the kings physical game. The Sharks never play physical. Dress Mayers for an away game. Have him throw his body and get into a scrap in LA. Could throw the kings off their game a bit.

    • bettmanistheworstever - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Yah. Mayer’s could slew foot Kopitar, or massively board Doughty and change the series.

  3. pirovash88 - May 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Doesn’t matter how fast you are if you can’t break through solid defense and goal tending. Sharks were fast and had great offense, but even they were shut down.

    • adambballn - May 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      The one thing not mentioned above is the fact that the Hawks had the top defense in the regular season. They were the second best offense and had the best goals against average in the league. It’s fun to do the great offense vs great defense comparison but the fact of the matter is the Hawks are great on D and O.

      • pirovash88 - May 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        This is going to be a hard fought series, don’t get me wrong. The stats make is seem like Chicago will have it easy, but this isn’t the same team they played in the regular season. Somehow the Kings have managed to beat the odds and step up in the playoffs for the last 2 seasons. Best of luck to either Team, it’s gonna be great.

      • adambballn - May 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        Totally agree… this is definitely going to be a hard fought series. I’m a transplant living in San Diego now, have my tickets in hand for game 4 in LA, can’t wait!

    • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      sharks aren’t the hawks my man! hawks put a beating on both those teams during season.

      • pirovash88 - May 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        By your logic, it would be impossible for an 8th seed to win a Stanley Cup. Regular season means absolutely nothing, anything can happen in the Playoffs.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Don’t confuse the sharks’ offense with that of Chicago – they’re on completely different levels. SJ has a few weapons, but the Hawks are far superior in that regard.

  4. ericsaxon35 - May 31, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Good luck with that whole ‘quickness’ we don’t have to catch you every time, just the first time. After the first hit, you’ll skate about 3% slower, after the second hit you’ll be about 7% slower and by the 3rd hit you’ll be skating at King’s speed, which means you’re pretty much done. So, 3 hits and you’ll be skating at our speed and then we’ll punish the body further until you give up your will to skate.

    And they won’t be dirty hits, they’ll just be strength sapping hits that will grind on you as the series goes on.

    Kings in 6, we’ll steal one away game in Chicago and then we’ll take your lunch money. Don’t mean it as meanness, its just that we don’t lose at home.

    • gret9 - May 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Wow, you know exactly how many hits it will take to slow down the Blackhawks…impressive. That’s a real in-depth scientific breakdown of how things really work on the ice…not! ;)

    • dontsayweunlessyouareplaying - May 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      What position do you play? I love when couch potato jagoffs say “we” when discussing their team. I would love to see you strap on a pair of skates and try to hit just one of the Hawks players, you would curl up in the fetal position and suck your thumb for days. Putz.

      • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        well said don’t say! if some of the guys out there ever laced them up they would certainly think before making stupid comments.

    • ericsaxon35 - May 31, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      I love how angry I made you guys. So sorry, did it hit too close to home? Its just an opinion if you have a counter opinion by all means answer it. Unless you think I’m right, then you’re sort of reduced to personal attacks. But its ok, I can take those. :D GL tomorrow.

      • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        hey eric I just see you as one of those pretend hockey fans that has to get your stupid opinion in for attention knowing absoulutely nothing about the game itself! am I right?

      • ericsaxon35 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Oooh, I feel so ashamed and so hurt by your words, I think I’ll go into a fetal position and cry. Well, we’ll talk tomorrow and see if your Hawks lose their shtt after they take 10 hits. My money is on them giving up and crapping their pants.

    • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      wrong,wrong and wrong ericsaxon35

      • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        hawks in 5. after Detroit this is a no brainer !

      • ericsaxon35 - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:23 AM

        After almost losing to the Wings? The Hawks made it just by the skin of their teeth. I would start counting any laurels quite yet.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      “We don’t lose at home”
      You’ll be eating those words next week.

  5. ineedmorehossa - May 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • polegojim - May 31, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      The Hawks need more KANE also…

      • bettmanistheworstever - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        oh keerap. I drive a taxi in LA.

  6. brewer1994 - May 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    As long as the Kings play them the same way they did in the regular season they should take it in 6. They played the Hawks 3 times and beat them 2 out of 3. This is not the same as play off hockey but it does show the Kings have the ability to take them out.

    • chicagobtech - May 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      As the season series was not a sweep, the same arguement can be made for the Blackhawks to win this series.

    • adambballn - May 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      January 9 Chicago 5 LA 2
      February 17 Chicago 3 LA 2
      March 25 Chicago 4 LA 5

      At least get your “facts” straight.

      • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        adam this guys just plain stupid!

    • gatordan52 - May 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      hey brewer are u freaking that stupid! hawks beat them bad 2outta 3 in season! youre just talking to hear yourself! idiot!!

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Brewer – dumba$$ – season series was 2-1 Chicago. Regular season doesn’t matter, but if you’re gonna keep bringing it up at least get it right.

  7. blackhawks1982 - May 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Actually brewer you need to get your facts straight, the Hawks won 2 out of 3 against your precious Kings!

  8. pone27 - May 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Kruger was terrible against the Wings.

    Scratch him, put Mayers up there.

    The Hawks are the team to beat, and will show it in game one.

    Once again, no prediction from me in games, only that the Hawks will prevail!

    Lets go Hawks!!

    • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      You are kidding, right? No way should the Hawks put in Mayers for Kruger, he is their top penalty killing center. Mayers brings nothing to the table.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Not arguing with you at all, but I doubt Q would scratch Kruger. He and Frolik, like them or not, have been the #1 PK line all year. There are line changes coming, but I wouldn’t expect to see a different jersey # on the ice tomorrow.

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