Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 4/29/14
Chicago Blackhawks Hockey – Earlier this week the Chicago Blackhawks closed out their first round series against an opponent many had pegged as the team to “win the drink” from Lord Stanley’s Cup.  It also marked the night before the NHL announced the three finalists for the Norris Trophy to award the best defenseman in the League. Do you think Duncan Keith knew that? Duncan Keith Dominates Game 6 In pure hockey player fashion, the looming Norris probably was buried in the back of his mind, but he focused his mind to the task at hand: winning a single game to keep a desperate rival from forcing a Game 7.  And keep the Blues from sending the series back to St. Louis Keith did, by putting on a pure defenseman clinic. While Duncan’s career year had many picking the blueliner as a favorite for the Norris Trophy back in December, the game he had against the Western Conference powerhouse is a single-game example of how well he excels. One glance at the score sheet is all the proof needed to understand why Keith was chosen as the first star of Game 6: Duncs had one goal and four assists, contributing to all but one goal in a five-goal Blackhawks win.  His 25:16 of ice time ranked tops on the Blackhawks and he was second to all skaters in time on ice (Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk logged a game-high 23:38). Keith Did What He Has Been Doing All Year Watching the game, Keith was everywhere.  On the attack, he stationed himself at the blue line and kept several wayward pucks in the Blues’ zone, aggressively skating between the dots and driving to the net to generate scoring chances.  During the Hawks’ five power kills, Keith logged 6:26 (nearly a minute more time shorthanded time than the usual power kill mainstay Niklas Hjalmarsson) while the Blues poured on shots upon shots on Corey Crawford. Despite a gift-wrapped opportunity, the Blues were unable to score on the power play.  Although Blues’ coach Ken Hitchcock called Patrick Sharp’s goal his team’s “back-breaker”, the inability to cash in on all five power plays also played a huge part to the Blues’ early exit from the playoffs. Thank you, Duncan Keith.  Whether it’s by preventing goals or scoring them, in one game, he proved why he is a finalist for the Norris Trophy, and why he should win. Hopefully we will see you on this stage again this summer. The post In One Game, Duncan Keith Proves Why He Should Win the Norris Trophy appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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