The NHL didn’t level any punishment on Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall for his hit on Chicago forward Martin Havlat in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Friday. And, for once, the league probably got it right.
But that’s not going to stop the young Blackhawks, down, 2-1 in the series heading into today’s Game 4, from using the play as motivation.
“I don’t know what will happen with him,” ‘Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell said in the Detroit Free Press, “but I’m sure there won’t be one check not finished on him.”
Of course, the Red Wings have a different take on the hit. And it would be wise for Chicago to not let the need for revenge to change the game plan. The Detroit power play is just to lethal and letting the emotions of the series get the better of them could be a death warrant for the ‘Hawks. The best way for Chicago to avenge the hit, dirty or not, is to claim victory and even up the series.