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The simple fact is all the Hawks did was win one game; and treat us to the type of play we expect from them. Unfortunately, I've seen it too many times (not just the Hawks) where the team down 3-0 wins game 4 in a manner that gets the fans excited...only to get hammered in game 5 ending the series. Don't take this as though I have a negative mind frame...quite the opposite. We all know the Canucks will come out with a far better effort in game 5...can the Hawks weather the early storm? If so, and squeak out a win, you have to start thinking that Luongo's confidence gets rattled (even if just a little). I think you all know where I'm heading with this, so I won't jinx it. I would love to see it happen as would all Hawk fans. The reality is it probably will not happen. I unfortunately see game 5 ending with the Hawks on the short end of a 5-3 defeat(late empty net goal). Either way, and as long as the Hawks are scheduled to play, I will crack open a beer (or several), sit back and watch. If it somehows makes it to game 7 then it will be time to amp up the emotions and hatred (LOL). One shift at a time... One period at a time... One game at a time... One beer at time...
Thanks again for the kind words, everyone. It's much appreciated, as always. @Rich - I just didn't feel overshadowing Bolland's night and the Canucks' shortcomings was appropriate with Toews. You can bet, win or lose, it's coming next game. @The Canucks fans - Glad you keep stopping by, and I hope you continue to do so down the road as well. And hopefully you'll be stopping back for three more games :-)
jEFF, wHERE'S THE DAMN CHANNELING - DUDE! Night of the living dead - what a perfect title - I agree with you, it was hard getting real excited in the afternoon thinking about a 3-2 loss, (Two goals by the Sedin's in the 3rd period of course), and then the obligatory handshake. I thought that might be the highlight of the night - truly one of the greatest traditions in professional sports. To me, the play that set the whole tone of the game was not any of the numerous highlight reel goals, it was the #36 cars explosive elbow to Erhoff's schnaz. It was the quintessential "Not in my kitchen, bitch," moment. All the frustration of this long season seemed to vanish at that moment. The canucks took all of about 10 seconds to tie it up, but that play got the troops fired up. Bottom line is at least one more hawks game this year. Truly, Tuesdays game was one of the best Blackhawk games I've watched over the last 50 years. Regardless of what transpires over the rest of this series, the Hawks made us quite proud to be wearing the red sweater last night. I did not see this effort coming. Thanks for not quiting Blackhawks, last night washed away a lot of the sins of a trying season. One game at a time, step by step, inch by inch, slowly we crept... Will we win another game - only the Shadow knows because Bartl didn't channel Toews last night.
That was a heck of a game played by the Hawks, and it was disappointing for me to see the lack of killer instinct displayed by Vancouver. As far as Luongo goes, Schneider is a very capable goalie so I really believe he SHOULD have sat after he strained a muscle, but it's not an excuse, just a criticism I have of Vancouver's decision. Who knows if it would have made any difference anyway. Bottom line is the Hawks played way better tonight and deserved the win. The Canucks will get a talking to after this one, and I suspect the bad habits will be gone for Game 5. I hope they show up and show some killer instinct. If not, they could be in trouble. Either way I expect the next 1-3 games to be much more competitive than this one was. Kudos to the Hawks for this win. Keep up the good writing. I love the boxing feature, by the way.