Leave it to the home team at Wrigley Field to disappoint in a big game.
The Hawks might as well as worn Cubby blue with the “C” on the sweater.
Up early and down late is the typical game recap of a post season atmosphere for the good guys playing on the North Side.
Of course, the event itself was a true spectacle and certainly one of the most exciting sporting event I’ve ever been to in my life…it’s definitely in my top three.
If anything, the Hawks’ controlling 3-1 lead after one period was worth the false hope that Chicago might actually beat the defending world champs for the first time this season (0-3-1).
And although I’m not against Huet starting the game, he should’ve been pulled earlier in favor of Khabibulin who entered late in the third period.
By the way, great retaliation hit by Seabrook on Dan Cleary (who knuckled Kane Tuesday night), not only does Cleary go head-over-heels into the Hawks’ bench but, his return to the ice brought about a too many men on the ice penalty.
Still a bit surprised we didn’t see a single fight, especially with Burish back in the lineup.
Today’s game boils down to this: the Redwings are far superior to the Blackhawks, bottom line.
Detroit is skilled, tough and full of championship caliber players who can skate circles around Chicago when they want to…and that’s just what they did from the second period on.
Doesn’t mean the Hawks can’t match Detroit’s level of play down the road but, Chicago is still a year or two away from giving Detroit a competitive seven game series in April.
- Notes: Bob Costas earlier this week: “Let’s say for the sake of argument that the Blackhawks went on to the Stanley Cup Finals, having played a game at Wrigley, then they’ve done better than any team that played at Wrigley since 1945.”
- According to NHL.com, the rink sits 112 feet from home plate and 288 feet from the center-field wall.
- Time elapse camera of Wrigley being transformed into a hockey venue.