Earlier this week I addressed five obstacles in the way of our beloved Chicago Blackhawks making franchise and NHL history with a consecutive raising of Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time since the late 1990’s. Once again I’m knocking on a lot of wood (hickory, birch, and maple this time) before even delving into the subject, and once again remind my readers to follow me in kind with some timber rapping as well, but again, as the regular season revs up for its final month, this matter is certainly more relevant than ever before.
You may have heard at one of those conventions you attended when you had that pyramid scheme sales job out of an office park before you were 25 that winners don’t surround themselves with negativity. Well they may not have been right about that knife set they had you peddling to your family-friends and relatives, but they were right about negativity: it’s an emotion true winners avoid and champions outright conquer.
The Blackhawks have certainly overcome a great deal of adversity in the past four years to win two Stanley Cups, and with that in mind, I would like to lay out a retort to each and every one of the five obstacles I pointed out before that are in the way of the Hawks obtaining consecutive championship ring bling.
#5 – Fatigue, Fashmeegue
First and foremost, it’s pretty damn awesome that six out of the ten Chicago Blackhawks that skated in Sochi are coming home with Olympic medals, and all ten of them are no doubt coming back with some valuable experience under their belts. Playing for a different team than their usual hometown squad gives any athlete in any sport an invaluable opportunity to diversify their perspective and skill. So medal our not, our boys in red, white, and black are all coming back with a net gain after their Sochi stint. More importantly, all of our Blackhawk Olympians have come back in one piece. Furthermore, to address those rumbling of many (myself included) that the Olympics were just a drain on the energy reserves the Hawks need right before the playoff push, look at things this way…The Hawks playing in Sochi that everyone was most concerned about because of their age (Marian Hossa, Michal Rozsival, and Michal Handzus), all skated for teams that made a relatively early exit from the Olympic tourney, giving them nearly two weeks of rest before they take the ice again against the New York Rangers to kick off a brutal March schedule. Furthermore, having been denied a medal is Russia, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these Eastern European Hawks charging extra hard toward the finals to recoup some denied glory. I think we’ll all be pleasantly surprised and our concerns allayed.