Game Two

In Coffee, God, and Cigarettes, Mischief Brew satirizes the sometimes hypocrisy of replacing a dependence on alcohol with an equally as dependent addiction of coffee, god, and cigarettes. Baseball is my alcohol; hockey, soccer, and golf are my coffee, god, and cigarettes.

I've enjoyed my time with other sports and I'm excited to watch the Blackhawks play game two of their first round playoff series against the Las Vegas Golden Knights this afternoon. I admittedly haven't watched much hockey since the Blackhawks last Stanley Cup run in 2015, but to be fair, as a fan, the Blackhawks haven't given me much of a reason to watch in that timeframe.

Game one was not kind to the Blackhawks; the Golden Knights outshot them 34-20 in a lopsided game. The only goal came on a shorthanded line change which saw fresh legged penalty-killer Brandon Saad lift the stick of the Knights defenseman in the Blackhawks offensive zone before backhanding a perfect pass to the trailing David Kampf who roofed the shot past former Blackhawks goalie, Robin Lehner. Corey Crawford played fine. The soft goal from Smith was bad but the Blackhawks aren't going to win many games where they're outshot by double-digits.

The Hawks looked decidedly slower than the Knights and with Vegas having last change again this afternoon, the Hawks will need to find a way to generate some offense against Lehner. Duncan Keith was a brutal -4 but his Corsi For percentage, an advanced metric that balances shots on goal both for and against while a player is on the ice, was 50%, one of only six Blackhawks to reach 50%. For context, Vegas had only six players who finished below 50%. Keith also led the Blackhawks in ice time, logging just over 23 minutes.

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