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Blues want to be ‘harder’ on Kane

Apr 25, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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Patrick Kane was a major factor in the Chicago Blackhawks winning Game 4.

Kane scored twice, including the overtime game-winner, to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues and tying the series at two games apiece.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said they have to be a bit tougher on Kane as Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun shares.

“We’ve got to be a little bit harder on Kane,” said Pietrangelo. “Obviously, he’s a dynamic player. He’s able to create things offensively. You saw by the overtime goal. If we can take away their time and space and play them harder and make it more difficult for them, I think that would be a little bit more success for us.”

Kane has three goals in the series and obviously Game 4 was the big one for him. Letting him break out and steal a game on his own is something that doesn’t sit all that well with Ken Hitchcock, but if they can lock him down from here on out, they’ll deal with it.

  1. hanspard - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    This series is amazing. If these teams played 100 games, the Blues would win 50 and the Hawks would win 50. Shame this isn’t a conference final. I would be worried that whoever comes out of this will be worse for the wear for the rest of the playoffs. This series is a physical and mental grinder.

  2. ibieiniid - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    hardER on him? sounds more like somebody just wanted to avoid saying “hard on” to the media.

  3. joey4id - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Won’t make a difference unless he’s injured in the process. Kane is the epitome of a true superstar who can justify his top talent salary. He steps up when the lights are shinning brightly on the Hawks. Go Kane! BTW, I don’t have a favorite in this series, but it’s always great hockey to watch when two great teams coached by to greats paly one another. I’m glad we’ll get to see Seabrook again, and hope we get to see Backes real soon. Go Blues! Go Hawks! Gives us your best hockey, and thanks Mr. Bettman for the new playoff format. I’m Lovin’ it! Ooops! Wrong ad/slogan.

    • parasolmonster - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      So while us Hawks and Blues fans are clenching our couch cushions and weaving in and out of cardiac arrest, you’re gleefully sitting at home and rooting for more of it?? Not cool.

      • joey4id - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        hahaha! Seven games for the neutral hockey fan is optimal entertainment. However, I can see how this is nail biting time for the fan who favors one team over the other. Sorry! Maybe I should start betting…..

  4. prd797 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Well, one way to limit Kane’s effectiveness would be to try to throw the Blues top d-pair at him as often as possible.

    As long as Jackman goes up against Kane, Patrick has proven that his entire career that he will make Barrett look silly and slow. And has done so several times in this postseason series alone. Probably would be a trend to make note of.

    As a Hawks fan, I hope Hitch doesn’t make that adjustment…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      What are the lines tonight? If it’s Bickell/Toews/Kane, it makes lining that D-pair up against him easier.

      • parasolmonster - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        According to Scott Powers:

        Bickell-Toews-Kane
        Sharp-Handzus-Hossa
        Versteeg-Shaw-Saad
        Bollig-Kruger-Smith

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Versteeg. *sigh*

  5. lovac2 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about Kane. I would worry about Bickell. He is back!

  6. chicagobtech - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I like the idea of focusing on a single player on the Blackhawks. It means the Blues will be taking their eyes off of another player a little too quickly.

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