So, 12 wins in 14 games, four or more goals in eight straight, a 10-game point streak for Patrick Kane and one giddy fan base. These guys can play some hockey. As silly as it sounds, my comfort in how good these Blackhawks are is making me uncomfortable.
The Blackhawks 5-2 victory in Boston last night didn’t start how anyone envisioned. That’s when the ‘Hawks scored five unanswered goals — the fifth straight game they’ve scored at least four unanswered goals — to put the Bruins out of commission. They chased last year’s Vezina winner, Tim Thomas, and make a two-goal deficit look as if it they said, “Ah, whatever,” after Boston jumped ahead.
Duncan Keith’s bid for the Norris Trophy only escalated last night with two goals and an assist. Ben Eager and Colin Fraser each had two assists and Tomas Kopecky added a goal, continuing the Blackhawks’ fourth-line dominance over the past two weeks.
After dogging him a bit in the preview, Antti Niemi played extremely well after giving up two goals he didn’t have much of a chance on after bad turnovers in the zone. Between him and Cristobal Huet, the ‘Hawks have the most formidable pair on paper in the NHL. Rather than the meatheads making a case for one or the other, why can’t we all just be happy with both playing well? It’s not baseball season, we don’t have to choose sides. Start cheering for both and just be happy. Thank you.
Going back to my point earlier, the fact that I’ve become comfortable with how good the Blackhawks really are is actually making me uncomfortable. I love how good they are, I’m scared they’re going to let me down. I should be enjoying every minute of every shift of this wonderful season, but I’m finding myself worrying about mid-April. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right?
Pretty soon my computer will be fixed and I’ll have these recaps up much quicker with some more in-depth stuff. For now, the work computer on my lunch break will have to do. I also may be flying to Minnesota for tomorrow’s game against the Wild. I’ll keep you all updated, because I’m sure you’re concerned.
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