While I’m still stinging a bit over the Game 3 OT loss, I’ve calmed myself enough to focus on tonight. These Cup finals have been nuts so far — 11 goals in Game 1, two goals in 28 seconds in Game 2, a third-period lead blown in 20 seconds, two reviewed goals and shitty line change in Game 3 …. what the hell could we possibly get in Game 4?
Well, probably much of the same. Both the Blackhawks and Flyers are saying all the right things and letting their play on the ice relate the substance of their words.
There’s been some talk around town of possibly changing the lines up to get Dustin Byfuglien off the top line, which would then draw Chris Pronger off the ice to create better opportunities for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. As much as I hate QStache’s panic-switch changes, I don’t think this one would qualify as such. It’s no secret Pronger is a complete and utter pile of dog shit, but the bastard is a good hockey player and has limited Byfuglien from … well, doing much of anything through the first three games.
If this would happen, I would like to see Patrick Sharp on the top line. However, we have to wait and see about Andrew Ladd’s status for tonight, which now stands as him being a game-time decision.
Bottom line? The Blackhawks need to win this one to save the collective heart of Chicago. We’ve gone from thinking this series was a sure thing to wondering about the worst. I, for one, never said Philadelphia would be a cakewalk. But, that doesn’t change my mentality from being extremely nervous about tonight’s game.
Puck drop is 7 p.m. CST from Philadelphia, with Doc and Eddie-O calling the action on VERSUS. Also, be sure to make it out to Second City Hockey’s watch party at Bottom Lounge tonight. If you like fun, you’ll be there.
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