Monthly Archives: June 2010
Better late than never but congrats to the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks. This transformation from a playoff-less team that only 10,000 people would show up to see to a Cup winner, selling out the house each and every night. The Bowman’s, McDonough and Rocky Wirtz were able to right the Hawks ship that had been wandering aimlessly in a sea of mediocrity since 1994. Coach Q was also the right guy for the job. His ability to keep his players up while swapping lines to get the greatest results was nothing short of brilliant. Finally the guys on the ice were in every sense a real team. These guys were fast and tough. When one guy would have a bad shift or two, someone else would pick up the slack. Kane and Toews should be the “Jordan-Pippen” in this town for the next 10 years. Although salary cap issues will force the Hawks to get rid of some fan favorites (Big Buff) they will be able to replace these guys with other veterans (Reasoner) and young guys (Skille and Beach).
But for now lets enjoy having the cup in Chicago. Let it be a tribute to all the die hard fans that stuck with the team through the very rough, non-TV, Mike Smith era. Let it be a tribute to guys like Roenick, Chelios, Savard, Lamar, Graham, Wilson and Secord. Hold the Cup HIGH guys because in just a few months will be back at it to defend it.
I don’t think too many hockey fans would have called a Blackhawks v. Flyers Cup Finals at the beginning of the playoffs. But, now that it is here, almost every hockey fan I know is enjoying it.
The first game you had a crazy, sloppy, high scoring affair that went to the final few seconds to decide. Then, in Game 2, you had just the opposite. It was a slower, more physical game. It was a game the Flyers usually win. But, the Hawks had goals from unusual sources in Hossa and Eager. Once again the game goes into the final few seconds and unlike Game 1, Niemi is an absolute stud in the pipes for the Blackhawks. The Flyers had opportunities but couldn’t get it past Niemi.
Game 3 is in Philly tonight. Look for the style and pace to favor Philly. It is going to be another great, low scoring affair tonight.
Even if you aren’t a huge hockey fan I encourage you to watch. I am more of a football and baseball guy myself but there isn’t much that tops NHL playoff hockey. The games are usually close and the intensity can’t be matched.