After all, one of the (many) criticisms of Chicago's rather pathetic performance in a 5-1 loss in Saturday's series opener was they didn't go to the net. At all.
Game 2 had to be different. Chicago was pretty much fighting for their season, and they made things much more difficult for themselves by falling behind 2-0 in the game.
Though he didn't register on the scoreboard, Burish worked to help assure the Blackhawks wouldn't go quietly in this series.
Earlier in the day, a story was posted on NHL.com where Burish called his shot, in a way.
(Burish) gave a pretty honest answer Monday morning when asked what his team could do to throw Luongo off his game.Then, in the first period of Monday's contest, Burish did what he said he wanted to do.
"Maybe it's running him sometimes," said Burish. "Maybe it's spraying snow in his face."
He went to the net, snowed Luongo, and got quite the reaction from the United Center crowd, many of whom were obviously aware of his intentions.
To his credit, Luongo took it like a man, instead of running to the media with stories about how he was wronged.
"That's the way it is, I'm not going to make a story out of it," Luongo said. "There's contact and that's playoffs.With all the emphasis being placed on goaltender interference, you'd think Burish wouldn't want to risk a penalty. However, he's the perfect player to go disrupt the goalie, because he's not going to shy away from contact, and he's never unwilling to go to the tough areas around the net and cause problems.
"It was the same thing with the L.A. series. There's guys there, there's contact pretty much every play. You have to find ways to fight through that and make saves."
Give Vancouver credit. As Burish and Eager did their thing, the Canucks largely stayed away from retaliating and putting themselves a man down. That forced Chicago to make their comeback the hard way.
Of course, the Blackhawks pulled it off, but it all started with a better mentality. They were willing to play more physical hockey, they went to the net, and they worked to disrupt Luongo's rhythm. As the series shifts to Vancouver, the 'Hawks might have to be willing to go to the box to keep that kind of game going.
They'd be well-advised to accept a few penalties of aggression if it leads to good in the end for them. As long as they don't go overboard and start a parade to the sin bin, they'll be just fine if they can keep playing the kind of game they played Monday night.