Adam Burish said the Los Angeles Kings look beat up against the Chicago Blackhawks, and he saw them "slowing down" during their tough seven-game series in the second round against Burish's San Jose Sharks.
"They had guys as our series went on you could tell they were slowing down," Burish, a former Blackhawk, said Tuesday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I give them credit, they were hanging in there. They were tough. But this is the playoffs, this is hard. And you've got to have some luck too. The Kings last year (when they won the Stanley Cup), they didn't have one guy injured the entire playoffs. To win you've got to have talent and you've got to have luck. And right now the Hawks look pretty darn good to me. They've got their full lineup going, they're healthy, they don't look too nicked up and they've got a lot of talent too."
The Hawks take a 2-0 lead to Los Angeles, where the Kings are 7-0 in the playoffs and goaltender Jonathan Quick has been stellar at the Staples Center.
"For some reason, I don't know what it is, Quick is unbelievable at home," Burish said. "Maybe he's more comfortable, maybe his wife is nicer to him when he's at home, I don't know what the hell is going on. He's amazing when they are at home."
Despite a tough start to the series against the Hawks in which he gave up six goals, Quick is the best goaltender in the NHL, according to Burish.
"He's the best goalie that I've seen all year," Burish said. "You've got to try and get bodies in front of him and not let him see it. The other thing is he comes out of the net so far. He comes really far out of the crease to challenge the shooter so when you're coming down on him and look you don't see anything because he's so far out at you. If you can maybe fake a shot and change the angle or pass it off his pads to another guy for a rebound or hit a guy back door. But if he sees it straight on it's tough to beat him."