BLACKHAWKS HOPING TO "AWAKEN THE GIANT" VS. STARS
One of the big questions coming out of Chicago this summer was "What can the Blackhawks do to rebound from a disappointing 1990 season?" There is no easy answer but the club is doing everything they can to avoid a similar fate. Prior to Friday's opening game, players and staff attended a series of performance mastery sessions with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, designed to prepare them for the upcoming season. The success guru recently released his new book: "Awaken The Giant Within" and the team invested heavily by flying Robbins into Chicago for private workshops. He will even be traveling with them and giving a pep talk before the first of their rivalry games in Minnesota.
The training didn't seem to yield any significant results on Friday against the Rangers. Chicago was able to match their opponent for the first half of the game, allowing a late first period goal but getting it back on a nice give and go between Pat Graham and Gaston Therrien at 8:52 of the 2nd period. It was all downhill from there though, as the blue shirts scored the next four straight to take a commanding lead. Tony Granato potted his first goal of the season on the power play with just under two minutes left in regulation but it was too little too late.
On now to Minnesota where the Blackhawks will face their Norris Division arch rivals in the first of four meetings this year. With a million dollar bet on the line between their GMs, there will be no shortage of motivation. And like Chicago, the North Stars are coming off a loss vs. Anaheim on Friday and will be looking for redemption in their home opener. If the Hawks seemed distracted in New York it likely had to do with this high-stakes match up looming. With opening night out of the way they should be laser-focused in Minnesota.
Blackhawks head coach Peter McNab had this to say when asked about the importance of these early season games. "It would have been nice to win on Friday but that felt like an extra preseason game. New York traded away half their team and we didn't take them seriously at all. We have been preparing for a war with Minnesota for months. These games are circled on everyone's calendar. That's why we brought in Tony; to teach our players how to get fired up and play like giants. This is the game we want to win."
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