Shaw coming back should allow the Hawks to roll 4 lines better, if, and this is a huge if, Bollig sits for Shaw. If Q does what everyone thinks he will do and sit Regin to bring Shaw back in, then screw it all, and the Kane-Toews-Hossa-Saad show will have to win the series. Q really is an awful coach who gets so much praise for having the luck to coach awesome rosters. How Bollig can take stupid penalties like that and still skate while others sit for less is something I will never understand. How could someone that makes decisions like that be an NHL coach?
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The first 38 minutes was a thing of beauty (sans some missed PP chances) but the last 22 looked like something I see in my toilet bowl after a night of PBR & chili. It is only one game (which I continue to tell myself as I rock nervously back and forth gripping my blanket & sucking my thumb) but it was a tough pill to swallow. Bottom line: The Kings are a great team. This series should be as even as they come. Losing at the Madhouse was going to happen eventually, so now we have to win one at Staples. I FULLY TRUST this Chicago team to bounce back and get a split in games 3 & 4, but I'm afraid boys that we are in for a 7 game slugfest. Kings are vulnerable at home and I'll hold on to that little nugget of hope that NO team who has played 7 game series in rounds 1 & 2 has ever advanced to the Cup Finals. Even though the Rangers are probably going to do it in the East. These playoffs have been all about bucking the trends and proving experts wrong. It sucks to lose game 2, but it would suck worse to be golfing instead of playing right now. Let's Go Hawks!
Early Game 3 predictions: Hawks 3 Kings 2 (OT)