NHL Playoffs: Grades for Night 36

The Chicago Blackhawks have a 3-1 series lead thanks to in part to Patrick Kane. (USATSI)
The Chicago Blackhawks have a 3-1 series lead thanks in part to Patrick Kane. (USATSI)

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A The Blackhawks were basically playing without a defenseman in Game 4 because Sheldon Brookbank was so bad in place of Duncan Keith that he played less than seven minutes. Still, Chicago was able to shut down the Los Angeles offense and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series and do what no team has been able to do this postseason: Beat the Kings at the Staples Center.
D The Kings had a nice enough start getting yet another goal from defenseman Slava Voynov, but they were sloppy on a couple of line changes that led to Chicago goals. Even worse, once the Kings fell behind in the third period they did little to mount any sort of an attack to come back and tie it getting outshot 9-2 in the third period.
 A Marian Hossa is simply one of the best. There are few players in the NHL as good as he is in all areas of the game and he just kept piling up the points on Thursday by scoring the game-winning goal early in the third period when he ripped a quick shot off the rush past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. If he's not in the discussion for the Conn Smythe Trophy, then something is very wrong.
A You can relax, Chicago, because Patrick Kane is back on the scoreboard. Kane found the back of the net late in the second period on Thursday night to tie the game at two and played his best game of the series. Getting him back onto a line with Jonathan Toews seemed to help quite a bit.
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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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