The Chicago Blackhawks are all tied up at 2 games a piece in the Stanley Cup Final, and if you look at this teams recent history it’s right where they want the series to be. Sure, a four game sweep would have been great, but let’s be honest, the Tampa Bay Lightning are a very good young team and what would the fun be for this Chicago Blackhawks team if they won in easily.
One quote that really sticks out for me in the first month of the season was from Brent Seabrook while the Hawks were struggling to put wins together, and he said we aren’t going to blow anyone out this season and every game is going to be tough and close (I’m paraphrasing of course)
This season has been exactly that, even in the Chicago Blackhawks sweep of the Minnesota Wild, they were up 4-1 in the final two minutes and barely escaped with the victory. Nothing comes easy and that’s part of the reason we never turn the TV off whether the Chicago Blackhawks are winning or losing a game. This team led by Jonathan Toews is going to scratch and claw it’s way back into games or hold on for dear life, but it sure is fun to watch and on most night’s the guys wearing red come out on top.
Back to the Finals, in both 2010 and 2013 after four games the series was tied at 2 a piece. Granted this season is a little different because Game #5 will not be played at the United Center but at Amalie Arena because the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t have home ice advantage this season but that just a minor detail. It doesn’t matter where the game is being played, the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era teams are 27-8 in Games 5-7 which means this series is right in their wheelhouse.
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I’m not going to lie and say that it isn’t going to be nerve racking. The Tampa Bay Lightning could have won Game 1 and Game 4, but the Chicago Blackhawks have the heart of a champion and the will of something even more freakish than just a Champion and more times than not they find another gear in the final 3 games of a series.
The Finish line is in site, let’s just hope Joel Quenneville doesn’t get too cute or try to out coach himself in the final 3 games likes he’s done in Game #3 of the Western Conference Final and Game #4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
This core group of Chicago Blackhawks know how to win and it’s winning time now. They are closers and this series tied at two no matter what arena the game is played at will be in the way of a team trying to march to history and they know the beat they need coming to Tampa for Game #5!
Saturday night can’t come fast enough, except we all know the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman need the rest!!!
What is your thought heading into Game #5 Saturday night?
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