Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper called defenseman
"We've got to see it and witness it for most of this season," forward
The hockey world has seen Hedman take on a heavy workload and take over a game at both ends of the ice. His precise passes set up the
In many ways Hedman is Tampa Bay's equivalent of Chicago cornerstone
"There's no doubt with his size, his skating ability, I mean, he's been making plays, he's been offensive. In a lot of ways, yeah, he is a guy like Duncan who makes, more times than not, the players he's out there with better," Toews said Tuesday, a rest day for both teams. "He's a catalyst when he's in his own zone or the offensive zone. He's definitely a guy we need to get on a little bit more."
First, the Blackhawks must catch Hedman, who has been touted for stardom since he was chosen second in the 2009 entry draft.
"He can get out of trouble with moving the puck with his stick or with his feet," Morrow said. "I don't know if he's as smooth as Scott Niedermayer was, but he can move like him and he's about four or five inches taller. He's a monster."
Quite a compliment. But in typically modest hockey player fashion, Hedman shared the credit for having elevated his game.
"It's easy for an individual to get better when you play with such great teammates. It's no different for me," said Hedman, who missed six weeks early this season after undergoing surgery on a fractured finger. "I always go out there and want to make a difference on both ends of the ice.
"For an individual, you need the whole team behind you. I'm fortunate enough to be on this team. The resiliency we showed throughout the playoffs, we had some adversity but every time we faced some we bounced right back."
Hedman, 24, often was the reason they rebounded. Before being instrumental in the third-period rally Monday, he had set up
"For me it's all about trying to make the play that's there, try not to force things too much," he said. "Trying to use my strengths as a player."
Those strengths were especially useful Monday, with goaltender
Cooper had no update on Bishop's physical state but had a glowing assessment of Bishop's and the team's emotional state.
"The burning desire to win, the burning desire to hoist that Stanley Cup, it can move mountains," Cooper said. "That's what it's doing with our players. It's unreal to watch."
The Blackhawks aren't enjoying that spectacle. They've got problems of their own. Coach
"I think we should be exiting Game 2 and Game 3 with anger, a lot of emotions. There's got to be purpose behind it," Quenneville said, adding that players can't dwell on those losses. "I think there's confidence in the group that we're able to do it. I'm worried about one game. And we haven't seen our best yet."
Scarier still is that the rest of the