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This series was very much a Ugandan action movie: part entertaining, part excruciating, mostly just glad it’s over and I don’t have to look at it any more. Nashville chased Newport News, IL (or is that Lemont, Va?) native Scott Darling then blew a two-goal lead and really didn’t look like they wanted to be there, much less go to the 2nd Round (considering they’d have to visit either St Louis or St Paul, that’s completely understandable). The Hawks got it done, in regulation no less, and can take a few days off while pointing and laughing at the Blues & the Wild. let’s get into it:

 

  • GOALIE CONTROVESY!! Not really. Scott Darling had a night to forget, getting yanked after giving up three in the 1st. To be honest, the only real howler was the second goal and even that took a deflection. Corey Crawford was immaculate in relief and made some great stops, including staying tough in his crease when Colin Fucking Wilson and Craig Fucking Smith were all over him in the 2nd. It’s Corey’s net again, one feels, but it’s a nice problem to have.
  • Goalie depth is a problem the Preds would like to have. Pekka Rinne was brutal last night and has been poor all series, but they clearly don’t think Carter Hutton could be an improvement. Hossa should really have scored when Rinne blindly threw the puck to him from behind the net.
  • James Neal is a turd but he came very close to a hat trick last night. I have no idea what Oduya was trying to achieve ahead of the first goal, but he got turned inside out by Neal. Then Kimmo Timonen took a “good” penalty against Cullen and Neal was left all alone in front to deflect in Franson’s shot.  Not the most auspicious of starts. Cullen, who I have a sneaky regard for, was busy and effective all game. He absolutely undressed Keith for the third Nashville goal and came a whisker away from scoring late in the 2nd.
  • Hello, handsome. Patrick Sharp was up for it last night, hey? Fantastic classic snipe from a tight angle to open the scoring for the Hawks and then banked one in off Toews’ skates for a PPG, of all things. More of this, please, shooter.
  • We’ve mentioned this time and again, but the Hawks big guns, the “core” make the difference in a close series: of the eleven points scored by Chicago last night, ten of them were divvied up between Keith (3), Toews (3), Sharp (2) and Kane (1) ,Brad Richards being the other scorer. When a bunch of the Hawks big guns fire together, they go from being very good to nearly unstoppable.
  • Three of the Hawks’ four GWGs have come from Seabrook or Keith (and Seabrook scored the final effort to ice game 3) Don’t think that means anything in particular, but it’s a fun wee number.
  • Mike Ribeiro licks balls because he does, in fact, lick balls.
  • Fuck it, i’m tired so I’ll stop now. Going to actually have to cheer for the Blues tonight as I’d like this series with the Wild to go to a 5OT Game 7. We’ll be back with more once the identity of the opponent is known