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I hate you, Rene. But goddamnit do I respect you.

By Jeffrey Bartl

This is Rene Bourque back on Nov. 12, 2006, when he was playing for the Blackhawks. That skate cut through a neck muscle, missed his jugular by fractions of an inch and he had surgery which set him back a month.

I understand I shouldn’t really speak bad about a guy who went through a traumatic experience such as this, let alone when he was wearing the sweater I support so passionately. But then he went ahead and did this shit:

So, you know what that means, Rene? You’re an asshole and I hate you. Yes, you’re a good player and we sure could use you and a healthy throat in this time of constant injury. But as long as you’re this big of an asshole, I hope you rot in Canada. Don’t touch my guys.

Bourque continues to get higher on the shit list with a great start to the season — three goals, four assists, seven points — helping Calgary to 4-1-0 out of the gates. The Flames come to Chicago after dropping their first game of the season Friday, falling to Dallas.

Miikka Kiprusoff is 4-0-0 with a 2.95 GAA, and I’m getting extremely excited to hear the chants in Section 326: “Miiiiiii-kkaaaaa! Miiiii-kkaaaaa! YOU SUCK!

The Blackhawks are going to have to do much of what they did in the Western Conference quarterfinals: Use their speed, precision passing and heady play to work past the Flames’ extremely talented defense, which was bolstered by the acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester from Florida in the off-season.

Calgary countered with physical play, much like that uncalled-for hit from Bourque on Kaner. And if Martin Havlat had not scored a mere 12 seconds into overtime of Game 1, the Blackhawks could have easily been coming home for Game 5 down 3-1. Many picked the Flames to contend for the West title, and with good reason.

I really, really want to hate Calgary. I really do. Between Bourque, Kiprusoff, Jerome Iginla and Dion Phanuef, there’s a lot of hatred running through my body. But the team has great sweaters and there’s a lot of f-ing talent on that team. I have too much respect to hate them. I’m sure they’ll piss me off enough when I’m sitting in my seat.

If you’re going to be out at the game, I’m the short blonde guy sitting in Section 326, Row 12, Seat 11 swearing his ass off. See you there, and GO HAWKS!

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